Social studies is an integral part of our academic program instilling critical 21st century skills and providing the opportunity to develop as responsible, active citizens. Students in 4K through third grade focus on their relationships to their community, state, nation, and world. Some units of study include Famous Americans, neighborhoods, needs and wants, community helpers, government leaders, explorers, and Native Americans. In order to understand the relationship between and the similarities and differences among various cultures, some of our young learners focus on countries of the world and ancient cultures such as Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome,and Ancient Egypt. In addition, students in fourth through eighth grade study state, national, and world histories focusing on areas of government and civics, geography, culture and history, and economics. Geography is an integral part of what we learn in the area of social studies. Using such hands-on tools as atlases (Jumbo for our little ones), activity globes, and raised relief maps, students are able to really see, touch, and process in order to better understand the world around them. Interactive, digital map access has been a wonderful addition to our curriculum to help our younger children really "see" the world both close up and far away.