Our Presidency

Almost everyone is talking about America’s new president, Donald Trump. Help your children learn more about the American Presidency by focusing on three things:

Our party system: learn about the differences between Republicans and Democrats, the histories of the parties, and the issues that are important to them:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_Republican_Party
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_Democratic_Party
  3. https://www.gop.com/
  4. https://www.democrats.org/
  5. http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=4706
  6. http://us-political-parties.insidegov.com/http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthy_kids/Talking-to-your-kids-about-third-party-candidates.html

The Presidency:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States
  2. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/history/presidential-fun-facts/
  3. http://teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/president_activity1/

Our role as citizens in the United States:

  1. https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/citizenship-rights-and-responsibilities
  2. https://civic.mit.edu/blog/erhardt/how-can-we-encourage-youth-to-participate-in-democracy
  3. http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/responsible.citizen.html

But, most importantly, parents should model, discuss, and participate in the the political process. Show your children that you are informed, engaged, and interested. Model appropriate behavior and civic engagement. Discuss political candidates, parties, and platforms using verified facts and after completing research. Participate in the process as much as you can as individuals and as a family. Talk about the history of our political process and how it has affected individuals, events, and the world. Engage your children as citizens now so they will be ready to participate fully when they reach voting age.

 

 

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