Every few years something neat happens. Our nation prepares to elect a new leader, and Americans respond with a heightened level of curiosity and a renewed interest about the process. This opportunity isn’t lost on homeschooling parents and other teachers, who like to seize the chance to explain it all to their students. Plus, historic events like these tend to pique the interest of book writers, curriculum developers and publishers, too, spawning a whole new crop of educational resources that families can use as they make their way through another exciting election year.
No matter what age your child(ren), and whether you’re homeschooling or not, election years contain many opportunities for talking to kids and teaching about our nation’s system of government. To get the ball rolling, some parents like to locate resources on store shelves and sites on the Internet that their kids can use. Other families prefer to develop classes or unit studies about elections all on their own. But no matter how it’s done, it isn’t very hard, and the rewards are really worth it!
As an example, some years ago, I taught a small group of elementary and middle schoolers about elections. I began with a little research, gathered some books and web sites, and then sat down to think about how to appeal to the mixed age group and have some fun with it, too. We all ended up having a blast, starting with short readings and Q&A to gain some background, followed by a project that allowed the students to get really creative on their own (or in pairs). Using drawings, creating slogans and developing print and television ads, each student created a character and then promoted his or her own candidate — happily learning all along the campaign trail.
This all leads to today’s question: What are you planning to do this election year?
Have you discovered any web sites you really like? Resources you can share with others?
Readers are interested in what you have to say and share. That’s why today’s Try It Tuesday (our first!) is all about ELECTIONS.
Today, and for the next 7 days, use the COMMENT area to post your tips and thoughts (and even questions) about teaching and projects related to the elections. You can also use the LINKY to add your articles and blog posts, too!
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