Because the presidential elections this year are a bit intense, teachers of gifted young children opted to teach second graders about elections using storybook characters or going back to the Carter/Reagan election of 1980.
“We thought this election was a little too intense for the elementary and primary students,” explained Alto Park Elementary teacher Judy Roebuck. “The gifted teachers in the county do usually let the kids vote like they are participating in the real election, but it seemed best this year to choose some other candidates.”
Roebuck is using former presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan for candidates. Children will have the additional benefit of doing historical research along with learning about the voting process and elections.
Glenwood Primary gifted teacher April Cummings is working with students to develop campaigns, choosing between two storybook characters, Duck and Grace.