Wednesday, November 7, 2012

And the President is.....Grace!


As you wake up this morning you are probably a little groggy from all of the late night presidential election coverage. Sitting on the edge of your seat as each poll is tallied and votes are determined. All of the debates, campaigning, and political advertisements all lead up to this, the announcement of our newest President. In our state of Florida it was neck and neck the entire way. While it is exciting to include little ones in the democratic process it is also a little overwhelming for them to understand. Between the electoral college and the determination of battleground states it is enough to make my adult head swim. I think as parents and teachers the most important things our little ones can take away from this process is:
 The importance of making our voice be heard by exercising our privilege to vote. 
They too can dream big and achieve, maybe even one day becoming President themselves.

One of my favorite books to read to help my little one understand the concept of voting is  

"Where are the girls?"

When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides that she is going to be the first. She starts off her political career as a candidate in the school's mock election! This is an empowering story which illustrates the importance of dreaming big and believing in yourself, the value of hard work, courage and independent thought. This colorful story offers a fun introduction to the American Electoral System. Which can serve as a starting point for curious young politicians in the making, it is an inspiring example of how we as a country choose our leaders.

So as the conversation begins today and a new leader is announced, ask your students and children What would you do if you were President? You might be surprised at some of their answers.
For our older friends I love using the book So You Want to Be President, by Judith St. George
It offers a comical look at the role of President of The United States and takes a look throughout history at past Presidents, offering comical and sometimes embarrassing facts.



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