This week, we’re ditching our regular history curriculum to (hopefully) become more educated about next week’s election. As much as I love our chronological world history lessons (we’re just getting into the 1700s), several recent assertions from my kiddos motivated this week’s agenda:
- George Washington is the president. Right now.
- Barack Obama is a long-dead historical figure.
- Obama? Hahahahaha! That’s a funny name! No one is actually named Obama!
- We live in the country of Texas. No. Wait. North America.
- We elect a president every 400 years. No. Every 4,000.
Yes, I think the time is just right for some good, old-fashioned civics education. We’re using Scholastic’s election website as a guide, as well as some other things I’ve found online. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find actual debate footage that’s not a spoof? Seriously.
The kids got to go with us to vote on Saturday, but there’s still plenty to learn before next Tuesday. If you have any great election resources, send them my way!