Cultural Studies at the Early
Childhood level includes Geography, History and Science. Through the use of
language, especially oral language, and concrete, sensorial learning experiences
the child identifies the elements of his world. He is preparing to understand
his relationship to all aspects of the Earth. The natural laws of science help
the young child to find order and logical pattern in his environment. The study
of properties of matter, natural cycles and classification of plants and animals
provide information and methods for the child to use in his mental organization
of the world around him. The goal of the Cultural Studies is to help the child
begin to understand and appreciate her role as a citizen of the Earth. Our
planet is presented as a beautiful home to diverse people, plants and animals.
Respect and appreciation for different cultures and their customs is established
early in the child's life on order to prevent the development of prejudice and
fear. The child begins to recognize the concepts of past, present and future
and to envision his place in history. He develops a relationship to the planet
and begins to comprehend his role as a steward and peace keeper.