27 February 2008

It's (Almost) Primary Election Time: Get The Kids Involved

In honor of the nearing primary election (March 4 — go here to read about voting eligibility and locations), here's a mix of politically-infused items that have recently traipsed across our desks/computer screens:

  • Get your middle-school aged kids involved in the voting process by adding the Scholastic Online News' Election Center to their list of parental-approved internet sites. This site offers up-to-the moment news tickers, daily polls (such as "Do celebrity endorsements make a difference to voters?") and daily reports from the Scholastic News kid reporters who are covering the campaign efforts across the country. Kids also can play games that test their knowledge about the election or how they might fare if they were president.
  • Head to your local library to peruse children's books about the election process. There are tons to choose from — one title we like in particular is As if Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother is Running For President! by Donna Gephart. This book (for ages 9-12) is written from the perspective of a preteen girl who's mom is, well, running for president — and ruining her life! Girls will love this enjoyable tie-in to current events.
  • Your kiddos too young to read on their own, or be curious about the political atmosphere around them? Dress them in political-savvy style with these adorable T-shirts from Uncommonly Cute. (Reading: 'Lil Democrat and 'Lil Republican.)
Got another suggestion to add to our list? Send it our way: editorial@dallaschild.com. Don't forget to vote!


Anonymous said...

i love cute baby clothes!

Wild About Words said...

Thanks so much for the nice mention about my novel, AS IF BEING 12 3/4 ISN'T BAD ENOUGH, MY MOTHER IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. I've mentioned your blog on mine today.

Happy voting on Tuesday!

All best,