Teach your child the power of their voice Yellowknife NT
Teach your child the power of their voice
(NC)-Building the citizens of tomorrow is an important job, but teachers, community groups and parents often struggle to find interesting and age appropriate ways to make a complex topic simple and fun to learn. Here are some easy ways to engage your child's interest and build their civic pride.
Start with the facts - Ask your local MPP to visit, and discuss their job duties and responsibilities with your brownie/scout group or classroom. Part of the confusion kids experience is a result of the unfamiliar terms and concepts used in politics.
Hold a mock election - Encourage kids to hold a small scale election in their classroom or community group. Make signs, cast ballots and have a party for the winner.
Emphasize that every vote counts - Sometimes it's difficult for children to understand the power of their voice; many young voters feel their vote isn't enough to make a difference. Encourage them to participate in activities where they can see the immediate results of their vote. Websites like www.ccfcanada.ca show where participating in projects like Happiness Is…, a book contest which aims to showcase the differences and similarities in how children in different countries view their world, can show the importance of a single voice. Children are encouraged to vote for their peers and the illustrations they want included in the book, making this an age appropriate and fun way to illustrate the effectiveness of voting. Be sure to remind children to check back to see how they made a difference.