Today it all came together in our LifeSong Mock Election.
Even from the very beginning of this unit it was clear that some of the children were influenced by family members and their choices about each of the candidates. So to be certain that their was a fair and just mock election, each candidate was assigned a random letter from the alphabet and issues were studied by letter opposed to name. As each issue was presented the children began developing their own opinions about who they wanted to elect (unbeknownst to them the actual names of the candidates). Speculation as to who each candidate was sparked controversy within the classroom.
Several children began debating the issues themselves! It was amazing to witness the diplomatic conversations that took place over the last month. One thing I have learned through this whole process is that adults should step back and
listen more to children! They really do know what they are talking about and share amazing insights. They definitely had me thinking!
Prior to today the children registered to vote (they must have turned 6 prior to the election year and be
enrolled at LifeSong Montessori), received a voter's registration card, and prepared the classroom voting booth and ballot box. Each child and teacher registered took their place in line at the poll this morning to cast their ballot.
The children worked the poll directing eager voters. After lunch the children tabulated the ballots. The results......
Barack Obama (Candidate "S") 77%
Mitt Romney (Candidate "N") 23%