Did you watch the debates last night? It was a tough one for us as the Bears were on Monday Night Football! ARGH!!! We made it work though (thank goodness for that iPad). The third and final presidential debate offered us another opportunity to continue to teach Diego about the election process and most importantly, helping him become aware as he witnesses history.
I came across this very cool site that I knew Diego would love. I couldn’t wait to show it to him when he got home from school. ANY opportunity for him to get a chance on the computer, right? We LOVE The Democracy Project by PBS Kids! It is intended for children in grades 3 through 6 but I found a way to make it work for my kindergartener. I sat through 20 minutes of it with him, guiding him and helping him with the reading and comprehension. The easiest section was “meet the candidates” an adorable summary of quick little facts meant to persuade your little one to vote for one of the candidates. If your kid loves basketball he might love President Obama! That is until he or she finds out that Mitt Romney’s favorite food is a hot dog…then it gets tough!
In all seriousness, the site focuses more on how government actually works and how decisions are made by the people’s vote then trying to persuade your 8 year-old to vote one way or another. There is also a section (inside a voting booth!) that depicts the struggles many faced to be part of the election process. Kids can even create their own campaign posters and stickers. Diego’s favorite? Pretending to be POTUS for the day! He scheduled everything from his morning exercise to his lunch to a meeting with the Queen of England. The summary of his first day in office was published in the “morning paper” and now he can’t wait to do it again!
It’s almost decision time! Are you ready for election season to be over or are you just warming up? Let me know if you visit The Democracy Project with your kids! I really think they are going to like it!
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