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July 3, 2012 > Activities for summer learning

Activities for summer learning

Submitted By Brianna Chavez

With the presidential election only months away, summer is an ideal time to engage children in activities that teach them about voting, the election process and the role of the president.

The following is a list of suggested activities for families to participate in together:

"President for a Day" - Designate a day when your child is president for a day. Discuss the role and responsibilities of the president, and work with your student to create a schedule of what he or she would during his or her one day as president.

Walk the footsteps of our nation's leaders - Local historical sites, government buildings, and, if nearby, homes of past Presidents make for an exciting day trip for students of all ages. Be sure to brush up on a few facts about the location before you go and take guided tours where offered. Historical documents and artifacts are often on view and provide a glimpse into the past that is sure to spark children's imaginations. Visit the National Park Service's National Historic Landmarks website to scout out your adventure.

Get presidential with poetry - Inspire children to write about their hopes and dreams with poetry. Have children start with, "If I were President, I would..." and encourage them to fill in the rest with a paragraph or more (depending on the child's age) about what they would strive for as President. Children can even share their poems with the President. Visit the White House website to learn how to mail letters to the President.

Homemade ballot box and ballots - Families can create a homemade ballot box and ballots. Hold a family vote to determine what to have for dinner, places to visit or things to do throughout summer.

Map to track a campaign trail - Parents and students can track candidate campaign trails on a map using color-coded pins, yarn or markers. In November, watch the election to see how each state voted.

Election BINGO Board - Create a game of "election bingo" that encourages students to read the newspaper and keep up with election news.

Information provided by California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a free online public virtual school serving students in grades K-12.

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