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Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks


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


  • Citizenship, Conflicts, and Fair Decisions
    I can describe the characteristics of a good citizen. I can explain choices a good citizen would make in a given situation. I can identify a conflict between friends. I can describe steps to solve a conflict. I can describe steps to make a fair decision.
  • 5746 Holidays, Celebrations, and Calendars
    I can describe the difference between a celebration and a holiday. I can identify the days of the week. I can identify the months of the year. I can identify holidays celebrated in the United States. I can describe the use of a calendar.
  • Primary Sources
    I can identify primary sources. I can explain the use of a primary source to learn about the past. I can compare the lives of children in the past to the lives of children today. I can describe honesty through the actions of a character. I can describe courage through the actions of a character. I can describe responsibility through the actions of a character.
  • Rules and Laws
    I can explain the difference between a rule and a law. I can describe rules followed at home. I can describe rules followed when working on schoolwork. I can describe rules and laws in the community. I can explain the importance of rules and laws.
  • Timelines
    I can describe the order of events using words and phrases related to time. I can create a timeline to show the order of events. I can describe the use of a timeline to identify the order of events.
  • Winter Holidays
    I can identify winter holidays celebrated in the United States. I can describe the importance of the United States Flag. I can describe the holiday of Veterans Day. I can compare United States holidays with holidays from other cultures.
  • Honoring Courage and Responsibility
    I can identify symbols of the United States. I can describe holidays that honor people who have shown courage and responsibility.
  • Needs, Wants, and Jobs
    I can compare needs and wants. I can explain the process of working to earn money for wants and needs. I can identify forms of United States currency. I can describe examples of jobs that people do in the community. I can identify the tools needed to do jobs.
  • Summer Holidays and Celebrations
    I can describe the importance of holidays to celebrate family members. I can describe celebrations for summer holidays. I can identify holidays for each of the four seasons.
  • The World We Live In
    I can compare a map and a globe. I can identify cardinal directions. I can identify landforms found on Earth. I can identify bodies of water found on Earth. I can describe seasonal weather changes. I can explain the effect of weather on people.
  • Using Maps
    I can identify my phone number. I can identify my address. I can describe the use of maps to locate places on Earth. I can describe the location of objects using positional words.



Attend a virtual open house

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.