Because of our emphasis on primary sources and experiences over more passive, secondary ones, the study of social studies is based on immersing students in the history, literature, and culture of the people and places they are studying.
For instance, instead of simply reading about the life the ancient Greeks, students reenact plays, share an authentic meal, and use ancient techniques in the arts to better understand the contributions of ancient Greece. Several of the reading assignments are drawn from the culture being studied as well. This integration across subjects gives a more complete picture of the cultures being explored.
Don't be surprised to find classrooms filled with objects and images from the social studies lessons. We believe this immersion in the cultures promotes deeper understanding and more meaningful awareness of the world around us.