When I turned 18, it was a Presidential election year. I was so excited to be able to vote! I went in to the voter’s booth to vote, and realized that I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t recognize any of the names, and many of the positions I didn’t even know. I felt embarrassed and ashamed that I knew so little about our government and how it works. As a result, I vowed to make sure my children were always aware of their government and how it worked.
With that in mind, I wanted to share some free resources for teaching your children about elections.
The first resource is the Elections A to Z Unit Study. Using online resources, students will learn about the history of our elections process and the structure of our government. Be sure to get all of the discussion questions and assignments on the page!
This government lesson plan has a full week of activities, covering local community government as well as state & federal government.
Teach your children about the checks and balances of our government with this collection of government lesson plans. As far as I can tell, these are all geared toward high school aged students. Search Planit is a great source of lesson plans and other educational tools, and I highly recommend that you check out their other helpful resources as well.
Another way we try to make sure our children understand politics, our government and the election process is simply by talking to them about current events involving politics or new laws. We often have discussion in which the children are able to ask questions, make comments, and research more about the people and divisions within our government.
This site has a full 18 week course on our United States government that would be great to incorporate into your homeschool courses. It covers elections, the electoral process, American government foundations, the different branches of our government and even covers economics.
How do you teach your children about elections and our government? Do you have other resources you can recommend? Have you used any of those we list above?