With elections happening somewhere in the United States every 2 years, we have the perfect opportunity to educate our children about some very important questions they may have when it comes to elections. Whether you are gearing up to teach them the presidential election process or just exposing them to forms of government, this study may be a huge help to you. The best part about it? It’s all FREE!!!!
Where is a mom even to start? How about with some very basic questions…
Why do we have elections in the first place?
What about all those different vocabulary words your children hear but may not be familiar with?
What is a Democracy?
Free Election Day Lapbook downloads.
A fantastic A-Z unit study on Elections.
Here’s another game you can play: Election/Civics Scoot Game
When it comes to political parties, how do they compare?
Here is a free Worksheet and Lesson Plan.
How does voting work?…a great explanation.
More on qualifications to vote in an election.
A few great reads for the younger crowd may be a good introduction into voting, ages 4-8 can enter the discussion after checking out these picture books at your local library (Disclosure: the following books are Amazon affiliate links, thanks for allowing me to refer you)
- Grace for President by Kelly Dipucchio
- Otto Runs For President by Rosemary Wells
- Letters from the Campaign Trail: LaRue for Mayor by Mark Teague
- If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier
- Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
HOW DO I BECOME PRESIDENT?
Here is a free poster you can request.
This blogger promises a unit study in 2 hours or less here.
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTION ANYWAY?
A great resource on the constitution for kids.
THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
Start off with a schoolhouse rocks video.
How does the Electoral college work?
THE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT
More schoolhouse rocks, because doesn’t it always make understanding easier when you use a song?
Our own congress helps us explain the three branches of government to our children.
Here is an interactive teaching unit.