Carol Seefeldt ; Sharon Castle ; Renee Falconer
The ninth edition of Social Studies for the Preschool/Primary Child, which was completed by the late Carol Seefeldt and was authored by well-known authors Sharon Castle and Renee C. Falconer, continues to be one of the most widely used and widely read texts on how to teach young children about social studies. The practicability and usefulness of this resource is demonstrated by the fact that it contains a number of ideas, suggestions, and activities that would be useful to future early childhood educators in their efforts to pique the interest of young children in social studies. Not only will inexperienced educators become familiar with the subject matter and pedagogical practices of teaching social studies, but they will also be instructed in effective ways to incorporate social studies into other subject areas, such as the sciences, the arts, literacy and literature, and mathematics. This training will take place over the course of several weeks. The significance of being knowledgeable about child development and putting that information to use is a recurring theme throughout this book. In addition to including ideas for play throughout the material, it contains an entire chapter devoted to the topic of play and its significance to the education and growth of children.The book has been updated to include the most recent research, topics, and other information. It also features three chapters that have been extensively revised to offer all of the 10 NCSS Thematic Strands; a new emphasis on the use of technology such as e-mail, digital cameras, and the World Wide Web; and comprehensive incorporation of the most recent NAEYC standards for quality, curriculum, and professional preparation.