Sharing Election Day with Kids

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Registered: 05-18-2005
Sharing Election Day with Kids
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Wed, 11-07-2012 - 2:28pm

Did everybody take dc's with them to the polls?  Schools are often open Election Day here, but this year they weren't.  M. was really fascinated.  Millions of questions about the procedure and the electoral college, and tried to "help" me vote by talking my ear off about all sorts of issues that I had no idea were on his radar.  They must've had some sort of discussion at school.  Cracked me up, because he seemed to have a better grasp of the issues than many voting adults.

Gwen

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Registered: 02-17-2004
Wed, 11-07-2012 - 8:29pm

It's amazing what they pick up isn't it?

It was a school day for us.  For the first time, I was not able to take DS to the booths with me.  Can I share a really cute story though?

We do a hybrid of school and homeschool.  At homeschool, we spent a lot of time talking about the election, government processes, and reviewing the platform of the candidates.  The school held an "election" on Tuesday morning.  The fourth graders talked to the younger kids on Monday to tell them the issues and different platforms.  Now, their information was a bit biased based on who they felt was the right choice.  Our demographic is more than a bit skewed toward one candidate.

The election was a clean sweep from grades K through 5.  The ONLY class that voted for the other candidate was DS's class.  I asked him why that was so.  He said before elections, he stood up and told everyone the things that were best about his preferred candidate and convinced the entire class to vote for his candidate.  I couldn't believe it.

And here I've been trying to get him to fit in.  Guess I should just let him be.

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Registered: 09-13-1999
Thu, 11-08-2012 - 12:54pm

I saw a very cool web tutorial on the electoral college for kids.  The kids in the video understood it readily and objected strenuously.  Very funny to see.

I have always brought my children with  me on voting day and have explained the ballot to them early on.  When they were toddlers, I think they enjoyed voting because they associated it with goodies from school bake sales.  And of course the "I voted" stickers.   In 2008, I took my youngest with me on election protection duty so she could see how voting rights are protected.  It turned out to be a mainly amiable process so it was probably more boring than interesting but there were a few issues that popped up over the day and the experience did stick with her.