Here are some ideas and tools for parents to teach their kids the basics of democracy and how our government works.
The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance created the Race to the Ballot: Our White House Presidential Campaign and Election Kit for Kids! It includes a book and website to encourage young people to engage in active learning and explore their political views.
Check out Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote ($13), by Herman Parish and Lynne Avril, for a fun way to introduce your good citizen to the election process.
All the cool kids are learning about democracy and what it means to us and our families. This resource is a great way to explain what democracy is and where it came from to your school-aged kiddos.
The Kids Academy YouTube channel has a video explaining the voting process and why it is important for every American to vote. This is a perfect resource to introduce elementary school-aged children to the election process in a way that they can understand.
If I Were President
Have your mini pretend he or she is president for the day. Discuss what the president does and some of the issues our country faces. Then have your kiddo make a list of the top three issues he or she would address as president.