The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as:
“…the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”
It’s a long definition, but an important one! The social studies curriculum helps us all be more informed and knowledgeable citizens. From knowing the states and their capitals to understanding how the government works, there are tons of fascinating social studies topics!
You can still keep your kids learning about social studies even after school ends for the year with brainy educational games. DestiNation USA from MindWare allows kids to encounter important landmarks, historical sites and capital cities as they drive their token cars around the continental United States. The goal? To earn the most points possible by gathering state chips (one point) and destination cards (three points) along the way. “Cruise Control,” “Alternate Route” and “Fly” cards add twists and turns to the journey.
Since this game can be played with 2 to 5 players, it’s great for family game night or sleepovers. It’s like taking a road trip without ever leaving home!
To find DestiNation USA and other educational games, visit MindWare.com.