Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Harriet K. Cuffaro
Using social studies as the core of the curriculum is an effective educational framework for five and six year olds. When this curriculum starts with the children's life experiences and goes on to study some aspect of their community or environment, children can begin to understand the interconnectedness of the adult world. Young children feel the excitement of learning when they immerse themselves in a study; they find that learning can be a vital process related to their needs and experiences, rather than a dry transfer of skills and pre-existing bodies of knowledge.
Tucker, C. Y. (1976). A Study of the River : Social Studies as the Core of the Curriculum For Five and Six Year Olds. New York : Bank Street College of Education. https://educate.bankstreet.edu/independent-studies/282