We find it very important to talk and base our play around meaningful experiences for the children. With election day being on Tuesday, the children came in on Monday with so much to share! They shared the news reports they had been seeing, who the candidates were for president, and how you needed to cast you vote. This began our two-day voting sessions! Two children sky-rocketed this event by creating their own polling stations. They used small pieces of paper and had children write their names on these and then as the voting continued children then wrote their candidates names.
On Tuesday, children were voting all morning. Polling stations were prepared and children voted for their favorite candidate. We kept our computer and Ipad turned to CNN and Fox news for any information about the voting! Some children were curious about who exactly were Mitt Romney and Barak Obama so we found information about the two of them. The children were surprised to find out that they were parents too! We than discussed how adults can have many different “roles” and “jobs.”
Some objectives we were able to document in the Creative Curriculum for included:
- Social Emotional: 2a.Establishes and sustains positive relationships through peer interactions
- Language: 10a Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills: Engages in conversations
- Cognitive: 11a Demonstrates positive approaches to learning: attends and engages
- Cognitive: 11b Demonstrates positive approaches to learning: persist
- Literacy: 19a Demonstrates emergent writing skills: writes name and writes to convey meaning
- Social Studies:30 Shows basic understanding of people and how they live
How can you make an experience meaningful for children? Have you already? If so, how? We’d love to hear it!