Social Studies

Social Studies skills refer to a child’s ability to understand oneself in relation to the world. It includes the exploration of roles, responsibilities and cultural traditions.

Children live within many different communities: family, school, church, city, nation, etc. Within each community are different social norms and traditions. Understanding social systems sets the stage for a child’s lifelong dispositions about people, cultures and how he or she belongs in these systems (NCSS, 1988). Mother Goose Time invites exploration of diverse communities, which enables children to integrate commonalities between them and increase respect for differences (Morrison, 2008).

Social Studies skills and goals integrated within the Mother Goose Time Curriculum:


21 Families and Communities
21.1 Identifies community and family roles
21.2 Explores cultures and traditions
21.3 Respects diversity
22 Civics and Economics
22.1 Understands citizenship
22.2 Understands concepts of trade
23 Geography
23.1 Identifies types of places
23.2 Uses maps
24 History
24.1 Describes past events

Developmental Skill Continuum

Research Basis