More about Voting with Kids

[ 4 ] October 20, 2008 |

VoteI already wrote about voting with kids but since we are in the midst of a major presidential election coming up in November, I thought it was worth sharing some more “voting” ideas for kids. My sons are tracking the news headlines and listening to NPR these days – they even notice details like the candidates’ logos and graphics (but since I’m a designer, I can’t help noticing the visual stuff too).

I believe it is never too early to teach our children the importance of voting. They can practice at home from an early age so they will learn the value of independent thinking and making informed choices, and the importance of leadership.

Dinnertime can be a great place to talk. Ask your children these conversation starters:

What they would do if they were President/Leader of their house?
What they would do if they were President/Leader of their school?
What they would do if they were President/Leader of their city/town?
What they would do if they were President/Leader of their country?

Grace-For-PresidentThis is an opportunity to teach our children about making choices, however difficult and living with the consequences. Give them examples of things in their everyday life to think about; like food, toys, parks, school, and books, and ask them to choose which things are more important if they can’t have or do them all. Ask them what will happen if they make specific choices like, “Eat candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner” or “How or who will fix the playground?” You never know where the discussion will lead. If your kids are less apt to talk at the table, check out the following books as a way to jump start a conversation about voting.

Grace for President is a fabulous picture book on the campaign process. It’s about a girl who is dismayed to learn there has never been a woman president and decides to run for school president. In this wonderful story, Grace learns what it takes to run a campaign, the importance of honesty, what the key issues are, and what it takes to be leader.

Great books about voting:

Grace for President by Kelly Dipucchio
Ages 4 – 8
Otto Runs For President by Rosemary Wells
Ages 4-8
Letters from the Campaign Trail: LaRue for Mayor by Mark Teague
Ages 4-8
Madam President by Lane Smith
Ages 9-12

Related links
Scholastic News Online’s Countdown to Election 2008

The Democracy Project at PBS Kids Go!

Category: books / stories, parenting

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. calendar jack says:

    i wuld end the warr in erock. Jack, age 7

  2. GG says:

    I hope that the schools are spending some time talking to their young students – they could take a lesson from your blog.

  3. Geoff says:

    Older children might appreciate First Daughter by Mitali Perkins. The seventh graders here at Gordon are enjoying it, and the author is extending the concept with a nice blog. If anyone’s interested, she is coming to Gordon next week and the public is welcome to come to a book signing – more details on this and more here:

  4. calendar briggs says:

    I will make my brother be vice president.
    Briggs, age 5.

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