Preschool gives children their first sense of community outside the home. Social studies learning begins as children make friends and participate in decision-making in the classroom — then it moves beyond the school into the neighborhood and around the world. Everything in the classroom lends itself to learning the concepts underlying social studies. When children play pretend, build with blocks, or work together in small groups on class projects, they learn to accept differences, deal with their emotions, and resolve conflicts.
The KET All Around Me collection on PBS LearningMedia encourages positive behaviors in young children to help them develop socially and emotionally, and learn about themselves, their communities, and the world around them.