(Integrated Social Studies for Classes 1–8)
Authors: Savita Khanna, Geeta Duggal, Mary Georgy, Pooja Bhatia, Joyita Chakraborty
Publisher: Madhubun® Educational Books

New Milestones is a completely revised and updated edition of the popular social studies series that was first published in 2008. The revision has been made to meet the requirements of the latest NCERT syllabus and the guidelines of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF).

As social sciences play a key role in helping learners understand the constantly evolving world they live in, every effort has been made to ensure that the content acts as a foundation, from which the natural curiosity, spirit of enquiry and imagination of the learner develop.

New Milestones follows the story-line approach for Classes 1 to 5, endeavouring to provide a common ground for facilitating the teaching-learning process. The stories woven are simple and beautifully illustrated, with thought-provoking questions intermingled with concepts, that compel the learner to grasp the outcomes without stress.
In Classes 1 and 2, learners increase their understanding of their world, focusing on themselves, their friends, families and their environment. They will broaden their sense of place and understand how and why people’s activities are influenced by their environment. They will gain a greater sense of time and recognise important events in their own lives.

Milestones 3, 4 and 5 will enable the learners to create a timeline of events; record their knowledge using pictures; connect their own experiences with what they have learnt; identify the causes and effects of certain phenomena, organise and interpret information using graphs and charts; identify the contributions of a person or an event; and understand the basic structures and functions of the government.

In Classes 6, 7 and 8, the study of social science bifurcates into three distinct disciplines which are interconnected through time and space. A sincere effort has been made to introduce our historical past, current social issues, geographical context and cultural heritage.

The history section enables the learners to familiarise themselves with the main social, political and economic developments in distinct historical periods. The learners will learn about timelines, chronology, dynastic succession, and will be able to construe the relationship between cause and effect. Every effort has been made to mention primary and secondary sources; along with archaeological sources, to give an objective historical perspective.
The geography section enables the learners to understand their immediate surroundings and the world at large. They will understand how human life and environment are interconnected as geographical factors determine, to a great extent, what people do in a particular place, at a particular time.

The social and political life section familiarises the learners with our current political scenario and the forces that operate within it. It teaches them how our social life is greatly shaped by our political framework. The inclusion of real life case studies allows the learners to relate to critical issues. Lastly, it will teach learners the advantages of being proactive and aware citizens.

The New Milestones series is a completely updated learning package, which fulfils the needs of the learners as well as the facilitators. We have tried our best to generate interest and enthusiasm among learners to appreciate our past, our environment and our society and how all these collectively influence our lives.