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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade
Teaching & Learning

Social Studies

Social Studies allows Pre-Kindergarten children to become familiar with their world by assimilating new experiences into their lives. Teachers help children appreciate how their life experiences are connected to what goes on around them. Through their activities and discoveries, children also develop social and moral values and attitudes.
Social Studies for Kindergarteners examines the concept of similarities and differences. From the beginning of the school year, teachers integrate this idea into the study of civics, geography and history. Students explore how people are alike and how they are different, as well as how the concept of interdependence helps form a community.

First Grade
Social Studies in the First Grade expands a child’s awareness of his or her surroundings. Cathedral Studies is a unique aspect of Beauvoir’s First Grade. Children participate in an extensive study of the art, buildings and grounds, and maintenance of the National Cathedral, adjacent to Beauvoir. Children have the exciting opportunity to tour the Cathedral with Beauvoir's Chaplain, go on an organ tour with the Head Organist, visit with the stone masons and learn about the architecture and view century-old plantings in the Bishop's Garden. First Graders join all students in a global study of a geographical region of the world. Similarities and differences are studied through exploration of traditions, customs and cultures.

Second Grade
Social Studies in the Second Grade brings history to life for children. Learning takes place in the context of both modern and historical perspectives, leading children to understand that America’s present is connected to its past. Second Graders begin to identify and record change over time, and use an interdisciplinary study of water and rivers to make connections to the world around them. 

Third Grade
As part of Social Studies, Third Grader learn about the role of citizens in a democratic society, and the complexity of historical events that have led to present times. This includes an integrated explorative study of the western expansion of the United States. In a focused study of Washington, D.C., children learn about the history of their community, investigate the planning and establishment of the nation’s capital and carry out individual projects about the city.

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Our Mission

At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning.
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