Michael G. SheppardHow can we effectively educate young people on civics? Is it enough to hand them books and have practiced and exhausted conversations about historical events?

Let’s help children understand the election process by inviting them to engage in debates and utilize important resource guides.

President For A Day: Encourage students to understand the importance of the presidential office, by selecting a different student to present information from the perspective of a president one each week for the duration of the school year. This will help to introduce the students to a majority of the U.S. presidents, and the entire class can act as an audience, learning about policy and the life of a U.S. president.

Print Your Own Campaign Poster: Each student in a class can be tasked to create a beautiful poster that has a slogan and lists individual values.

Election Crafts: Creating a patriotic flag is a great way to convey the importance of voting. By simply using blue and red markers, colored paper, and glue, it’s possible to make an easy flag. Also, write the words “election,” “vote,” and “America” on the flag.

Presidential Trivia: Trivia can be one of the most fun ways to share information.

Youth Engagement: While very young people don’t vote, this doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be curious about their future and about the way that other people vote. Young students should compile a list of questions that they can ask their friends and family. Minors can ask others “Why do you vote?” “Who did you vote for? Why?” and “What’s your political party?”

What are some other ways young people can learn about voting?