The themes of social studies permeate all parts of the Wise Learning Process
, as everything must be learned according to its context, the people, place and time in which it occurred. Our social studies program allows students to approach the world around them as geographers, economists, historians, sociologists, and political scientists in a developmentally appropriate way. The focus of the study in each grade level allows children to explore chronological and spatial thinking in increasingly complex ways.
Kindergarten: Our classroom community. Students discover the concepts of citizenship, community workers, and significant people that have made a difference.
First grade: Our place in time and space. Students focus on American and other symbols and how they have provided a sense of community over time.
Second grade: People who make a difference. Students explore the characteristics of heroes, and study heroes from the bible, the past and the present.
Third grade: Los Angeles history. Students investigate the physical and cultural landscape of our local region and the impact that the past has had on the present.
Fourth grade: California history. Students explore how the quest for power (economic, religious, intellectual, social) has motivated human behavior in the development of agriculture, industry, culture, and government in California over time.
Fifth grade: United States history. With a focus on studying multiple perspectives, students analyze the conflicts that led to the formation of our pluralistic society in which individual rights are secured.
Sixth grade: World history, ancient civilizations. Students consider the origins and contributions of ancient civilizations in order to justify common parallels and paradoxes. They investigate the convergences of economic, social and geographic events that helped form and destroy the world’s major civilizations from the Paleolithic era to Egypt, Rome, Greece, China and India. At the same time, their Judaic Studies course explores the same concepts in the history of ancient Hebrews.