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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kids and the Election

As you may have heard, election day is coming up. Here are a few ways to involve the kids (aside from bringing them to the polls, and having them help me vote, which is what I do).

Habitot in Berkeley is holding its own election day on Tuesday, November 6 from 9:30 to 12:30. The kids can learn about the voting process by voting for their favorite people or friends on their own ballots (not sure if that includes presidential candidates. Otherwise it just sounds like a popularity contest!). Event is free with admission.

The website has a lot of information you can use when discussing the election and the candidates' views. There's a teachers's section as well as a quiz you can do where you answer to your beliefs on various issues, and you can see where voters for the different candidates stand on the same issues. The website is nonprofit and promotes critical thinking, not specific stands on issues. I've just begun looking through it but it looks like a good site.

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