Area of Development – Social Studies: Human Interactions/Culture

Indicators typical for a child between the ages of 3 and 5 for this area:

  • Reflects attitudes and behaviors of familiar adults
    • Acts out different “settings/events” that have happened at home
    • Uses language – appropriate or inappropriate – that adults around him or her use
    • Tries to do silly things to engage familiar adults
  • Shows cautious interest in unfamiliar adults
    • Talks to new person if familiar adult is nearby
  • Has capacity to play cooperatively with other children
    • Joins a small group in an area and plays for a short time; will interact with the persons in the area
    • Begins to participate in simple group activities (like follow the leader)
    • Has a better understanding of waiting a moment and taking turns; can play with another child and not take the materials
    • Talks with a peer using shortened sentence structure, but has ability to communicate his wants and needs
  • Begins to act independently
    • Enjoys doing things independently; seeks recognition of successes
  • Discriminates individual, culture, and community
    • Begins to recognize likenesses and differences in others
    • Begins to understand family structures and roles
    • Draws self, usually with head and not much detail
    • Acts out family roles in dramatic play center
    • Recognizes own gender
  • Develops growing awareness of jobs and what is required to perform them
    • Participates in classroom jobs
    • Looks at books and identifies jobs of persons
    • Chooses “leader” or “boss” for activity
  • Begins to understand the reason for rules
    • Helps make and follows simple class rules
    • Participates in class clean-up or group activities
    • Can state a rule and simply explain the “why” of rule
    • Learns to wait for his or her turn

Related Storytime Shares:

Social Studies: Human Interactions/Culture 1 (Families)

Social Studies: Human Interactions/Culture 2 (Global Connections)

Social Studies: Human Interactions/Culture 3 (Rules)

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