Social studies merge the studies of history, geography, sociology, government and geology. Students go from the large to the small in a chronological order to build a world perspective. Geography and cultural studies are used in the early grades to build the child an understanding of their place in the world. Early timelines introduce the concept of time as it relates to the universe, the earth, and humans. As students mature and their curiosity of the world grows world, U.S., and N.C. history is studied. Once the child reaches 4th grade they are expected to complete a year-long research report for each of these historical time periods.