In order to teach substantive history to young people with success, the study cannot be focused solely on dates and battles or become a dry recitation of facts. We teach the narrative history of a group of people so that children begin to make connections between what occurred and what people have become. Inseparably linked to history is the study of geography, defined in the broad sense: the description of land, sea and university; the interrelationship of people with the flora and fauna of earth; and the historical, cultural, scientific, governmental and social backgrounds of people. Students make connections that allow them to see the environmental constraints as catalysts to social evolution, affecting a culture's mythology, religious beliefs, political structure and economy. They also learn how geological forces produce various landforms.
Lower School Social Studies Subject Overview