This year's political turmoil has made discussing the election with your kids about as popular as talking to them about the "birds and the bees." Nevertheless, the election really is something we need to prayerfully discuss with our children. It's one of the hard but right things we need to do as parents. This blog post will hopefully help you in this process. Below I've shared some videos, interactive electoral college maps, and a list of helpful sites with ideas of how you can discuss the election with your child. I pray that your discussions over the next few days will be fruitful and that your kids will learn more about their country, the responsibilities of its voters, and about their faith in the process.
What is the Electoral College?
Interactive Electoral College Maps
Watching the election coverage together? Engage your child in the process by allowing them to track electoral college votes themselves.
Click here for the Blank Interactive Electoral Map by 270toWin
Click here for the Interactive Electoral College Map by the National Archives and Records Administration
Or, just print the document below and have your kids color in the map as the night progresses.
Check out these sites for helpful ideas on how to discuss the election with your kids.
17 Tips to Steer Kids of All Ages Through the Political Season by Common Sense Media
The Race is On:Helping Kids Understand the Election by PBS Parents
Tips for Parents: Elections for Kids By The Learning Community
9 Things You Can Teach Your Kids about the Presidential Election Process by the Huffington Post
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