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Monday, December 5, 2011

Voting is Family Fun

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 3:32 PM

In my home our family takes the right to vote very serious. It's both a great privilege and

responsibility granted to every citizen of the United States when they turn eighteen.

Now that my grandson is almost eight, he fully understands the capacity of the voting process and wants to learn more. I've devised a few great teaching tools so he can be included in learning about our
country's governmental system.

My grandson is inquisitive and wants to know why about everything. When it comes to the whole essence of the voting process I try to make it as simple so he will understand.

We make learning about voting a learning game. Some of the games we play include:

  • Meet the presidential candidates: This is a great way to involve your 8-12 year old. My  grandson has learned who the 2012 candidates are and more about their platform.
  • What's my line: This teaches an older child more about what the presidential candidate does. Have you child write down questions to ask the candidate.  
  • Presidential candidate for a day: For older children let them pretend to be a presidential hopeful. Let them decide what political party they represent. This is a good way to discuss the different political system's in our country.
    These are only a few games you can implement in your home to teach your child about the voting process. You can adjust games to meet your child's need or let your child think of more great games to play.


    Anonymous said...

    Might be a great age to attend a local city council meeting too, and talk before/after on what local issues there are! :)

    My daughter will be president someday. Or a princess, at least. :)

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