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    By linderbug

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    I have talked about the election with my kids (and I teach kindergarten). I was planning on doing a big unit on American symbols the first week of Novemeber to correlate with the election, but then our September AND October Books of the Month (schoolwide thing) were about elections (My Teacher For President and Grace For President), so I had to go ahead and talk about it. With my kids being so young, we had to have a lot of discussion about who the president is and what the job entails, which is a bit hard for them to grasp. Then we talked about this year's election-to put it into perspective for them, I told them that we don't get to have a presidential election that often and that the next time we do it they will be in the fourth grade. I had to tell them that only grown-ups get to vote and I've explained what happens when I go to vote. Mine are utterly fascinated-even with them being only 5 and 6, they are very into it. They even know the candidates' names. :)

    Maybe it worked out well for me because my kids ARE so young-they're not really old enough to get into the heated aspects of it or to debate seriously the merits of either candidate...I've really been pleased, though, with how much they've absorbed about the whole process.

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