Believe it or not, Election Day 2012 has officially arrived. While we, as adults, may not think twice about what it means to vote, a child could have difficulty understanding it. There are plenty of fun ways to teach a kiddo about what voting means in the United States.
A good place to start is to tell the story of America’s beginnings. Our Safari Ltd® American Revolutionary War Continental and British Army TOOBS® are an excellent introduction to this historical concept. Explain how Commander-in-Chief George Washington, who is included in the Continental Army TOOB®, was a trusted general who led the American troops to victory during the American Revolutionary war. This victory established freedom for America. After explaining how America fought for freedom from Britain, discuss how the Constitution came about and how Washington was elected in 1789 as the first President of the United States. For additional information (in five different languages!) on each replica in these TOOBS®, check out our educational information on our website.
By fulfilling their civic duty to vote, Americans today honor those soldiers who fought for the United States’ freedom. Today, voters across the country exercise their right to vote and have freedom to select who they want to be their next leader – this is why on Election Day in November, people across the nation visit voting booths to help make the decision.
Add some fun to this lesson by practicing voting in your very own home! For example, when deciding what to eat for dinner, take a vote from your family members. If you are a teacher, you can have your class take a vote on whether they would rather have a reading assignment or writing assignment. Or even create an election polling place in your classroom by isolating a desk or table, copying paper ballots, and selecting a fun topic to vote on (like what should snack time be for that day). Another idea is to have a play date with your friends and their children, where everyone votes on whether to play games such as duck-duck-goose or red light, green light. The options here are endless!
Has your child or student asked you about the election process?
Posted on Tuesday, November 6th 2012