I can’t believe how quickly the election has gotten here! Seriously, I’m tired of seeing it all over facebook, BUT, I didn’t get enough time to study it with my kids, what with crazy fall schedules and such.
I wanted to collect all the awesome resources I have found in one place. So, here we are. 🙂
There is still TIME to choose a few of these ideas and go over them with your kiddos, if you’re like me and running out of time!
- I wanted to talk with my kids about the difference between FACT and OPINION. So, I created a little 2-column page with pictures of both candidates. Then, we looked at these 2 pages (Obama & Romney) to look at some of the FACTS about these men. We mostly just wrote down facts like where they were born, what their degree was in, who they are married to, how many kids they have, etc.
- Sarah, at Amongst Lovely Things, shared this QUICK and EASY election study that she is doing with her kiddos! I took her advice and ordered one of the books she mentioned for us, it has been great! You can order the KINDLE version if you don’t want to wait on the print version!
- This idea from Hoosier Teacher is one of my favorites I found for teaching about the electoral college! We did this idea with our little co-op and it was great fun!! We read this book and then we did the COKE/PEPSI election!! 🙂 This book is excellent for explaining the electoral college in a kid-friendly story line! (I even understood it, ha!)
- the results of our election: coke was the winner (romney, red on map
- use this interactive map to calculate your own votes!
- During the last election we did bits and pieces of this wonderful election lapbook from Homeschool Share!! Lapbooks are always a simple, last minute way to get in some learning!! My friend, Marcy, has a great word study on Government also as well as a ton of resources listed here, some of which would be great for your older students.
- Lastly, and most importantly, as a Christian, I want my kids to remember that our HOPE is in GOD and not in a candidate or country or any part of this election. I feel it’s important for my kids to learn about this process, to be thankful for our country and to of course, vote. BUT, our hope is in God.
- So, we talked about praying for our country, praying for our leaders, praying for whomever becomes our next president. This is so important.
- I gave each child a page that said PRAY on it and we talked about different ways to pray for our nation. We wrote some of these ways on our paper and then I encouraged the kids to hang these in their rooms and pray daily for our country.
- Check out our election pinterest board, where lots of these ideas came from also!!