Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This month’s theme is – appropriately enough – government/elections. While the election is just freshly over, our studies about various political parties, the election process, and the duties and powers of the president and other branches of our government will continue throughout the month of November. Today, for example, we read about the Electoral College, and compared the electoral votes and the popular votes garnered by Obama and McCain.
I will be using the book The Kid Who Ran for President as our read-aloud this month. Written by Dan Gutman, this entertaining book takes place in the 2000 election year. It is about a young boy who convinces his best friend to run for president of the United States. Besides being very funny, the book presents the steps to the presidency, and sneaks in a lot of information about the electoral process.
Beyond learning about elections, however, we are also practicing talking and acting in a very responsible and respectful way about people who think (and vote) differently. Just because someone has a different point of view doesn’t necessarily mean that they are “wrong”, just different.