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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks

Overview

In Social Studies Kindergarten, students learn about community and citizenship. Students are offered an introduction to important concepts and skills related to history, geography, and economics.

Please view the Elementary Parents’ Survival Guide: The First Four Weeks of Online Learning for guidance on helping your student in the transition to online learning.

Course Requirements

A pupil may enter kindergarten if his/her chronological age will be five before October 1st of the year of entering school. For a complete description of the policy, please see Policy JEB Age of Entrance.

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Rules and laws
  • Citizenship
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Decision making
  • Celebrations and holidays
  • Calendars
  • Timelines
  • Primary sources
  • Families and children, past and present
  • Folk tales

Segment Two

  • Maps and globes
  • Landforms and bodies of water
  • Seasons and weather
  • US symbols
  • Celebrations and holidays
  • Primary sources
  • Needs and wants
  • Working and earning
  • US currency
  • Community helpers

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Rules and Laws
    I can define the words rule, law, and community. I can list examples of rules and laws at home, school, and in my community. I can explain how rules keep people healthy.
  • Citizenship
    I can list actions and explain choices of good citizens. I can talk about how to make good choices while following rules and laws. I can talk about how to get along with others. I can give examples of conflicts with others. I can list ways to handle conflicts with others.
  • Calendars, Celebrations & Fall Holidays
    I can list holidays and celebrations and talk about their meanings. I can give an example of a holiday and talk about why we celebrate it. I can list days of the week and months of the year and show them on a calendar. I can find a holiday on a calendar.
  • Time and Calendars
    I can use words to talk about when things happen. I can put things that happen in order. I can create and use a timeline to show when things happen. I can talk about different parts of the day and week I can talk about things that happen during the school day, week, month and year.
  • American History & Folk Heroes
    I can explore life in the past and compare it to our lives in the present. I can listen to a story about a folk hero and retell it. I can talk about the good deeds (traits) of a folk hero in their story.
  • Celebrations & Seasons
    I can list holidays and celebrations. I can talk about why we celebrate holidays. I can talk about how holidays and celebrations from other countries are the same or different. I can choose a symbol that reminds me of a holiday. I can talk about my favorite holiday.
  • Places, Locations & Maps
    I can say my phone number. I can say my home address, including: house number street name city or town name state name I can locate a place on a map. I can use position words to say where things are. I can talk about what maps are used for.
  • Directions & Locations
    I can name directions on a compass. I can tell the difference between a map and a globe. I can use words to talk about types of land and bodies of water. I can list the seasons of the year. I can talk about weather in different seasons and places.
  • National Holidays & Symbols
    I can list holidays that celebrate important people. I can explain why we celebrate important people. I can talk about the different way a holiday is celebrated in another country. I can connect a symbol or picture to a holiday.
  • Needs, Wants, Jobs & Money
    I can list things I need. I can list things I want. I can point out different types of money. I can talk about how to earn money. I can list different jobs in my community. I can list tools used in a job.
  • Celebrating People & Events
    I can list holidays that celebrate members of my family. I can talk about ways we remember and honor people in the United States. I can talk about ways we remember and honor events in the United States. I can list a symbol that represents a holiday. I can talk about what season a holiday takes place in. I can talk about holidays in other countries.

Pre-Requisites

None

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We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.