Children live within many different communities: family, school, church, city, nation, etc. Within each community are different social norms and traditions. Understanding social systems sets the stage for a child’s lifelong dispositions about people, cultures and how he or she belongs in these systems (NCSS, 1988).

Throughout our themes our students study diverse backgrounds, and communities. We also take one fieldtrip a month in primary grades to introduce careers to our students; while we focus on STEM -careers, we also explore other non-STEM careers.