Happy Election Day! Did you head out to the polls today to do your civic duty? Did you early vote to avoid long lines? Yeah, I didn't make it out for early voting, but I made sure to get out there tonight.
I love Election Day. Love it. I'll be the first to admit that I am not the most politically active person. Nor do I always know the ins and outs of what is going on in our government. But I try. And I vote. It's just such an awesome opportunity and responsibility to have here in America.
It's also one of my favorite things to teach my students about. Since their only in First Grade, we don't spend too much time learning about Election Day and its history, just the basics really. But on the big day I am sure to squeeze in as much knowledge about it as possible! We go through valuable vocabulary such as candidate, poll, and ballot. We make little voter registration cards. We discuss the importance of taking an active role in the government. And of course, we vote. This year it was on which cheesy snack was our favorite: Cheez-its or Goldfish (thanks to Amy for the idea). They made little campaign posters telling why they wanted their candidate to win (thanks again Amy) and then we voted. Chez-its won by a landslide, so Friday they will be serving their one-day term before we eat them.
All in all it makes for a fun lesson. One that I hope at least begins a basis for their future learning and understanding of the concept. Who knows? Maybe someday one of these little 6-year olds will grow up to run in an election of their own and the tables will turn with me casting my vote. That would be cool.
Until then though, I vote. I educate and advocate to First Graders about voting. I do my part. Do you? Tomorrow morning will bring fresh faces and new ideas into the spotlight of our country. That's exciting. New ideas. New causes. Change. It's not always so bad.
All is well, ballots cast, in Drosche Land.