The election is around the corner, and if you are on the fence about whether or not to discuss the election with your elementary students, I'm here to give you a gentle nudge forward. Talking about the elections can be intimidating, especially during a time of political polarization, but we shouldn't shy away from this discussion.
Kids are not too young to participate in our democracy
I get that it's easy to justify skipping over the topic of voting and elections by saying that kids are too young to vote anyway, so it's ok if we wait to discuss. But the reality is that everyone can participate in our democracy.
Here are some things that kids can do:
They can talk to their parents and friends about the importance of voting.
They can share their knowledge about voting with others.
They can write letters and advocate for change.
They can participate in a cause.
A great book for discussing what it means to be a citizen is What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers. This book provides ways that our students can get involved. "A citizen is not what you are, a citizen is what you do."