Social Studies Outreach

Parental Involvement

Why is Social Studies Important?

Social studies education helps explain the world in which we live. It includes six major disciplines:
  • geography
  • history
  • political science
  • anthropology
  • sociology
  • economics

Parents Can Help!

There are many ways parents can be involved in their child's education. Not only does it keep communication open with the teacher and parent, it also benefits the student to know that their parents care about what they are learning and are a part of their education. Here are some ways parents can help.

Ways Parents Can Become Involved in Social Studies Instruction

Along with a weekly newsletter, here are some ways you can be involved in our instruction:

  • Your child will be interviewing you every other week on a social studies topic. For example: if the topic is on immigration, your child will ask you questions about your family roots and if they traveled from another country. If we are working on government, your child will ask you what it means to be a good citizen of the town and country.
  • Our classroom will be setting time aside to have guest speakers. I am asking that parents volunteer for this so that the students know how important it is to volunteer. It is also a great way for students to see what type of skills and knowledge their parents have.

Community Members Can Help!

Cultural awareness is an important aspect of social studies. One way we plan to highlight lessons is to take the students on local field trips to help enrich their understanding of the different types of cultures. One place we plan to visit is a Senior Citizen center, so the students can hear stories of about the past.

Resources We Use

Our school district is constantly look for resources to help your child with social studies instruction. Here are a some examples of school-wide and community resources that we will be using throughout the year

School-wide:

Community Resources:

  • Our school is planning to team up with local community centers. The Recreation Department will help us host events to help students understand why it is important to be a member of the community and how to volunteer their services to help others.
  • The Upper Room in town is a community resources that will help us hold events to help students understand how diverse our community is. They have many events like the ethnic festival. Again it’s another place where students and parents can volunteer their time to make the even successful.