Social Studies for the Very Young

Social Studies for the very young
A Youtube playlist of 38 social studies related videos for young children. Watch one or two a week and add some coloring pages or a project for a complete social studies program.

DIY Social Studies for K-2

If you are looking for a simple social studies program for your preschool to second or third-grade student that is similar to the type of program one generally finds in a public school setting you can get started here.

Generally, in a public school setting social studies class consists of one topic or so per week.

We’ve created a list of social studies topics generally covered in an early elementary setting with a list of coordinating resources for you to look over and choose from. Please do not feel that you must cover every topic listed. The topics are listed as suggestions only. 

We continue to look for free resources online for some of the suggested topics. If there are no free resources listed yet for a particular topic, please remember that you can usually find some books at your local library to help you present your topic. 

 
September Ideas
Seasons of the year: Fall
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          First School Seasons Page
          DTLK’s Crafts for Kids Fall pages

Fall harvest time
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool Apples theme
          Everything Preschool Harvest theme

What is a community?
          Social Studies: What is a community?
          Wartgames Communities and Community Helpers
          Watch Learn Know: What is a community?

Community Helpers
          First School Community Helpers page
          Everything Preschool Community Helpers theme
          DLTK’s Crafts for Kids community helpers page
          Wartgames Communities and Community Helpers
          Busy Beaver’s People in our community
          Shortie awards People in your neighborhood
          Watch Learn Know: Community Helpers
          Watch Learn Know: People in your neighborhood

October Ideas
Fire Safety Month: Look for fire safety programs at your local fire department
          Everything Preschool Fire Safety theme
             Sparky the Fire Dog
             Fire Facts
             Fire Safe Kid
            Fire Safety Basics from Kanetix  (Thanks to Hannah for this suggestion!)

Urban communities, Suburban communities, and Rural communities
          Youtube Classic Sesame Street: Life in the Country and the City

Columbus Day and Christopher Columbus
          First School Holiday and Events Page

Halloween
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool Halloween theme
          DTLK’s Holiday pages

November Ideas
Veterans and Veterans Day
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Dogo News: Why we celebrate Veteran’s Day
          Meet Me at the Corner: Veteran’s Day for kids
          Apples4theteacher: Veteran’s Day activities

Native Americans
          Duckster’s Native Americans 
          Mr. Donn’s Native Americans
          Watch Learn Know: Native Americans

Thanksgiving and Pilgrims
          Everything Preschool Thanksgiving theme
          DTLK’s Crafts for Kids Thanksgiving pages

December Ideas
Seasons of the year: Winter
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          First School Seasons Page
          Everything Preschool Ice and Snow theme
          DTLK’s Crafts for Kids winter pages

Winter Celebrations of Many Cultures
          First School Holiday and Events Page

Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanaukah
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool Secular Christmas theme
          DTLK’s Holiday pages
          Apples4theteacher

January Ideas
Maps and my community
          National Geographic: Maps of playgrounds and class
          Mr Donn’s Map Symbols

Using maps, cardinal directions, ect.
          Sparklebox cardinal directions 
          Mr Donn’s Map Symbols
          Mr Donn’s Compass and Directions
          Watch Learn Know: Maps
          Watch Learn Know: Cardinal directions
 
Maps and my state
            National Geographic Maps for kids
          Owl and Mouse US State Maps

Maps and my country
          National Geographic Maps for kids
           Map of the United Sates

Famous Americans: Martin Luther King
          Martin Luther King day theme
          Apples4theteacher: MLK Day

Chinese New Year
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool Chinese New Year theme
          DTLK’s Holiday pages

February Ideas
Black History Month: Everything Preschool Black History theme

Famous people of my country: Washington and Washington’s birthday, Washington monument
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool President’s day theme
          DTLK’s Holiday pages

Famous people of my country: Lincoln and Lincoln’s birthday, Lincoln monument
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool President’s day theme
          DTLK’s Holiday pages

Groundhog Day
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool Groundhog’s Day theme

Valentine’s Day
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          DTLK’s Holiday pages

March Ideas
Symbols of my country
          Ben’s Guide to US Government
          Watch Learn Know Symbols of the US

The globe: my world
          Watch Learn Know: The Continent Song
          Watch Learn Know: Continents and Oceans

Mardi Gras
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool Mardi Gras theme

St. Patrick’s day
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool St. Patrick’s Day theme
          DTLK’s Holiday pages

Seasons of the year: Spring
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          First School Seasons Page
          Everything Preschool Birds theme
          Everything Preschool Clouds theme
          Everything Preschool Spring theme
          DTLK’s Crafts for Kids Spring pages

April Ideas
Earth Day
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool Earth Day theme
          DTLK’s Holiday pages

Arbor Day
          First School Holiday and Events Page 
         Everything Preschool Arbor Day themes

Easter
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool Secular Easter theme
          DTLK’s Holiday pages

May Ideas
Cinco de Mayo
          First School Holiday and Events Page

Mother’s Day
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          Everything Preschool Mother’s day theme
          DTLK’s Holiday pages

Memorial Day
          First School Holiday and Events Page

June Ideas
Seasons of the year: Summer
          First School Holiday and Events Page
          First School Seasons Page
          Everything Preschool Summer theme 
          DTLK’s Crafts for Kids summer pages

Transportation
          First School Transportation Page
          Everything Preschool Transportation theme
          DLTK’s Crafts for Kids Transportation page
          Sparklebox Transportation page
          Watch Learn Know: Transportation

Environmental Awareness
          First School Environmental Education page
          Everything Preschool recycling theme