Let’s just start off by saying I have no idea how I am going to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. What I do know, is I cannot wait for the political ads and posts on Facebook to be gone.
I may still be struggling about whether or not I am going to vote at all, but that does not mean we have ignored politics in our homeschooling. We have read several biographies, we have done a unit study, we have had many, many conversations about the positives and negatives of the Republican and Democratic candidates, and talked about what an Independent Party/candidate is.
In the unit study Caitlyn and Sue created a newspaper that included articles about the overall election process and who the Presidential Candidates were, a letter to the editor concerning a local issue on the ballot, an overview of the requirements for voting in our state and what the voting process entails, how the candidates differ and how they are similar, an explanation of our two major parties, and an overview of women’s suffrage.
But our elections education has not been purely academic.
The girls’ have each explained, based on their understanding, who they would vote for. I am standing here wracking my brain trying to remember what each of them said about their choice. I know Patrice said she would vote for Hillary Clinton because “she is a girl.” Patrice has also very sweetly asked me to vote for Hillary–“for me, please mommy?” Caitlyn has had several thoughts on the issue, but the one that sticks out to me is she would vote for Hillary Clinton because Donald Trump “is a sore loser” (she has watched portions of each of the debates). Sue said she would vote for Hillary Clinton “because she is a girl and because I don’t think she should be in jail, she was only trying to protect her e-mail and the country.”
I may still be trying to decide what to do when I am standing in front of the ballot Tuesday, but my girls have made up their minds!
Caitlyn has even flexed some of her democratic muscles. The other day, every time someone disagreed with what she was doing or wearing, she declared, “It’s a free country!”
And then tonight the girls capped off their understanding of the election process by spontaneously presenting their own presidential debate. Caitlyn was the moderator, Sue was the Republican Candidate, and Patrice was the Democratic Candidate. They covered issues including homelessness, housing, schools, and what they would do to make America greater. Patrice, on the topic of homelessness, said anybody that “wanted a house can come ask me, and I will put them in a hotel and build them a house.” Sue, concerning schools said, “I will get better teachers and better food because nobody can learn on an empty stomach!” Concerning making America greater Sue said she would stop terrorist attacks while Patrice said she would give money to the homeless.
Our debate even had some “digs” in it as Sue told Patrice her answer was “a great comedy act.” The girls, as you can see, dressed up for the debate–shoes optional, and they had suckers from their Halloween candy.
Of course, after the debate I had to explain to Patrice what a Republican was and what a Democrat was…she’s a 6-year-old work in progress.
I am really pleased with our overall study of Americas’ election process and what the girls have learned. They’ve worked hard to understand the world around them and we’ve had some fun along the way; what more could I ask for?