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Social Studies and Young Children, 1st edition

  • Eucabeth A. Odhiambo
  • Laureen E. Nelson
  • Kent Chrisman

Published by Pearson (February 24th 2015) - Copyright © 2016

1st edition


Social Studies and Young Children presents developmentally appropriate strategies for teaching social studies to young children, with a focus on NCSS and NAEYC standards and using trade books, activities, and other resources designed to reach young children. Written in an easy-to-understand style, the book weaves current research-based principles of developmentally appropriate practice throughout. Through the book’s experiential, hands-on learning approach, teachers see how to reach young learners, pique their interest, and use their natural curiosity to develop more critical thinking. The developmental learning focus promotes the idea that by understanding how young children learn, teachers will be more successful in presenting material in a way that children are able to comprehend, further allowing them to build knowledge as they are developmentally able to make sense of the material. Cross-curricular teaching and learning is promoted through the inclusion of a list of trade books in each chapter. A variety of strategies, activities, resources, and key chapter sections illustrate the concepts and help students make the connections to daily classroom practice.

Table of contents

Chapter 1          Understanding the Development of Social Studies Concepts and Young Children


Chapter 2          Planning Social Studies Activities with Young Children


Chapter 3          Child Development, Families, and Communities in the Social Studies Context


Chapter 4          Using Age Appropriate Methods and Strategies for Teaching History to Young Children


Chapter 5          Practicing Civics, Government, and Citizenship in Early Childhood Classrooms


Chapter 6          Helping Young Children Understand Economics and Social Issues


Chapter 7          Age Appropriate Understanding of Geography


Chapter 8          Diversity, Anti-Bias, and Multicultural Education


Chapter 9          Assessment

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