History and Social Studies

During the infant and toddler years, young children are keenly attuned to relationships in their families, at school and in their immediate neighborhoods. As they gain experience, they also learn to discuss more abstract concepts such as town, state, country, cultural heritage and world. At Sunshine Academy, children explore their own families, friendships and cultural heritage through curriculum units such as “All About Me,” “Family and Friendships,” and “My World.” They learn about their neighborhood through units on “Community Helpers” and “Transportation and Construction.”

Through everyday activities and the community of the classroom, they learn about kindness, fairness, honesty, and courtesy to each other and teachers.

LEARNING EXPECTATIONS EXAMPLE ACTIVITY

Learn about self and other

  • Make and read class photo books
  • Construct “All About Me” collages
  • Sing songs that include all classmates such as “Old Shoes, New Shoes” and “Next to You”
  • Play peek-a-boo and look-in-mirror games

Learn about different family members and their roles

  • Recognize and name parents of classmates
  • Tell stories about siblings, pets, and home life
  • Make a collage of family photos
  • Role play family situations with puppets, dolls

Explore differences in cultural heritage

  • Host a cultural potluck to sample foods from different countries and cultural backgrounds
  • Invite parents or other relatives to share songs or stories from their countries of origin

Develop a sense of fairness and an anti-bias approach to interrelating with peers

  • Create pretend play scenarios in which all children explore different roles, such as firefighter, chef, hairdresser, architect
  • Do mirror observations to discuss skin color, eye color, hair style and other differences

Understand roles, jobs, skills, leadership

  • Visit the neighborhood post-office, fire station, police station, pet store, dentist
  • Invite professionals to discuss their work
  • Pretend play restaurant, construction site, etc.

Understand time, sequence, historical depth

  • Follow the daily schedule, discuss now, next
  • Count down the days to special events

Gain a sense of location, direction, and distance

  • Go on neighborhood observation walks
  • Discuss modes of transportation and travel

Develop a sense of responsibility, honesty, courage, and kindness

  • Develop and follow class rules
  • Practice courtesy, turn-taking, polite language
  • Read books such as “How to Be a Friend” and “Yo! Yes!”
LEARNING EXPECTATIONS EXAMPLE ACTIVITY

Develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, a variety of family structures and relationships

  • Create family trees for each class member
  • Make a chart of the number of family members for each child in the class
  • Role play the responsibilities of family members with puppets, dolls or costumes

Understand differences in cultural heritage

  • Discuss the different holidays people in the class celebrate and their meanings
  • Host a cultural potluck to sample foods from different countries and cultural backgrounds
  • Invite parents or other relatives to discuss their countries of origin and customs

Develop a sense of fairness and an anti-bias approach to interrelating with peers

  • Create pretend play scenarios in which all children explore different roles, such as firefighter, chef, hairdresser, architect
  • Do self-portraits and mirror observations to discuss skin color, eye color, hair style, clothing choices, and other differences

Understand roles, jobs, skills, leadership

  • Visit the neighborhood post-office, fire station, police station, pet store, dentist
  • Invite professionals to discuss their work
  • Pretend play restaurant, construction site, etc.

Understand time, sequence, historical depth

  • Use and develop timelines of class history
  • Count down the days to special events
  • Explore old photos of family, neighborhood

Gain a sense of location, direction, and distance

  • Observe and chart the neighborhood or school
  • Discuss modes of transportation and travel

Develop a sense of responsibility, honesty, courage, and kindness

  • Develop and follow class rules
  • Practice courtesy, turn-taking, polite language
  • Read books such as “How to Be a Friend” and “Yo! Yes!”
+ Infants & Toddlers
LEARNING EXPECTATIONS EXAMPLE ACTIVITY

Learn about self and other

  • Make and read class photo books
  • Construct “All About Me” collages
  • Sing songs that include all classmates such as “Old Shoes, New Shoes” and “Next to You”
  • Play peek-a-boo and look-in-mirror games

Learn about different family members and their roles

  • Recognize and name parents of classmates
  • Tell stories about siblings, pets, and home life
  • Make a collage of family photos
  • Role play family situations with puppets, dolls

Explore differences in cultural heritage

  • Host a cultural potluck to sample foods from different countries and cultural backgrounds
  • Invite parents or other relatives to share songs or stories from their countries of origin

Develop a sense of fairness and an anti-bias approach to interrelating with peers

  • Create pretend play scenarios in which all children explore different roles, such as firefighter, chef, hairdresser, architect
  • Do mirror observations to discuss skin color, eye color, hair style and other differences

Understand roles, jobs, skills, leadership

  • Visit the neighborhood post-office, fire station, police station, pet store, dentist
  • Invite professionals to discuss their work
  • Pretend play restaurant, construction site, etc.

Understand time, sequence, historical depth

  • Follow the daily schedule, discuss now, next
  • Count down the days to special events

Gain a sense of location, direction, and distance

  • Go on neighborhood observation walks
  • Discuss modes of transportation and travel

Develop a sense of responsibility, honesty, courage, and kindness

  • Develop and follow class rules
  • Practice courtesy, turn-taking, polite language
  • Read books such as “How to Be a Friend” and “Yo! Yes!”
+ Preschool & Pre-K
LEARNING EXPECTATIONS EXAMPLE ACTIVITY

Develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, a variety of family structures and relationships

  • Create family trees for each class member
  • Make a chart of the number of family members for each child in the class
  • Role play the responsibilities of family members with puppets, dolls or costumes

Understand differences in cultural heritage

  • Discuss the different holidays people in the class celebrate and their meanings
  • Host a cultural potluck to sample foods from different countries and cultural backgrounds
  • Invite parents or other relatives to discuss their countries of origin and customs

Develop a sense of fairness and an anti-bias approach to interrelating with peers

  • Create pretend play scenarios in which all children explore different roles, such as firefighter, chef, hairdresser, architect
  • Do self-portraits and mirror observations to discuss skin color, eye color, hair style, clothing choices, and other differences

Understand roles, jobs, skills, leadership

  • Visit the neighborhood post-office, fire station, police station, pet store, dentist
  • Invite professionals to discuss their work
  • Pretend play restaurant, construction site, etc.

Understand time, sequence, historical depth

  • Use and develop timelines of class history
  • Count down the days to special events
  • Explore old photos of family, neighborhood

Gain a sense of location, direction, and distance

  • Observe and chart the neighborhood or school
  • Discuss modes of transportation and travel

Develop a sense of responsibility, honesty, courage, and kindness

  • Develop and follow class rules
  • Practice courtesy, turn-taking, polite language
  • Read books such as “How to Be a Friend” and “Yo! Yes!”

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617-232-6600

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