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Social Studies Activities for Preschool

Remember, the Standards that I use every day, and am most comfortable with are Ohio’s Early Learning Development Standards – you can review them here, however I’ve found that even if your State’s standards differ, many of these activities can still be aligned similarly. I’ve rounded up some great ideas today!

Domain: Social Studies
Strand: Government
Topic: Civic Participation and Skills

For preschoolers, this standard focuses on understanding responsibilities, negotiating social conflicts, and practicing cooperative behaviors – the foundations of being productive, responsible members of society.  Here are some activities that are aligned with this standard; 

Cooperative games with basic materials from Moments A Day
A cooperative art project from Anna Reyner
Practice grace and courtesy during group time from Trillium Montessori
Have the children help you create classroom jobs, the Reggio Inspired Teacher has a great post on this.
This standard is one of those that is best aligned to the discussions that you have with your students on a daily basis – as opposed to planned activities.  It is also a standard that can be personalized, tailoring your discussions to the issues that your students are working on .  

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