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It’s about Choice

Early childhood is not too young to talk to children about voting. Without going into particular candidates, children can still understand what voting means. Some parents take children with them when they vote. Teachers have mock elections in classrooms, and elections may be broken down into terms even the youngest toddler may understand. It’s an opportunity to help the young child understand the privilege of voting. In general terms, a parent or teacher may discuss a state election and what a governor does, a mayor, council person, a PTA president, class officer. There are other everyday examples of how everyone has a say. What color do you want to make this picture? Which book would you like to read? What is your favorite learning center? Which clothes do you want to wear today? By giving and showing examples of choice, it will help develop confidence in young children. Choice. It’s a good thing.

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