Social Studies Slides

Illinois Early Learning has created a bank of slides based on Standards Start at Home: A Guide to Early Learning for Parents/Families. These slides contain simple suggestions for parents of young children. The Standards Start at Home slides are available in PDF format (31MB). Feel free to share the full document.

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Tips for Helping Your Child Learn About Social Studies  (slide 1) 

  • Develop a concept of history by discussing events in your child’s recent past (“Remember when we went to Grandma’s house?”) 
  • Encourage children to negotiate and compromise when they play together (“OK, I’ll let you play with my doll if I can use your book”) 
  • Play “follow the leader” with your child; take turns being the leader 

Tips for Helping Your Child Learn About Social Studies  (slide 2) 

  • Teach your child about money and how it is used (“Let’s choose the chicken because it is on sale. We’ll have enough left to buy some ice cream”) 
  • Teach your child your phone number and address 

Tips for Promoting Community and Cultural Awareness (slide 1) 

  • Encourage pretend play, such as a grocery store, a beauty/barber shop, or a post office 
  • Use a map to show your child the street you live on and how to find where you want to go 

Tips for Promoting Community and Cultural Awareness (slide 2) 

  • Have a treasure hunt in the house and/or yard and use a map to help your child find clues. Use pictures and arrows instead of words if the child is not yet reading. 
  • Teach your child to say hello and goodbye in different languages 

Social Studies Activities: People Who Help Us Stay Well   

What your child will learn: Names of healthcare professionals and what they do in the community; simple practices in caring for personal needs 

Materials: A stuffed animal or doll; a toy doctor kit or objects from around the house 


  • Let your child choose a doll or stuffed animal  
  • Ask the child to pretend the toy has a physical problem, such as a bad cold, a toothache, or an upset stomach 
  • Ask your child who would help the toy and then allow them to pretend to care for the toy the way that person would (e.g., the dentist for a toothache) 

Social Studies Activities: Which Room in the House?  

What your child will learn: How to locate objects in the environment 

Materials: Laundry basket or a box; items from around the house 


  • Gather common objects from different rooms in the house 
  • Ask your child to identify each object and in which room it is usually found 
  • Let the child put the items back where they belong 

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Family Child Care
  • Home

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards:
Reviewed: 2021