I know that this is a little past due. But, here is how we learned about Election Day and what we voted on in our classroom. Explaining the election to Kindergarteners is anything but easy. It's a difficult concept to get across. Even trying to explain what the President does to 5 and 6 year olds can be a little daunting. We watched a video of Arthur Meets the President to introduce the concept of the President. We then showed the students pictures of President Obama, Mitt Romney, the White House, the Presidential Seal, the American Flag and the Statue of Liberty. Once they were familiar with these, we explained that, today, the adults in American would be able to vote on who they wanted to be President.
To moonlight this we had a mock election of our own. Instead of voting on the Presidential candidates, we voted on an extra recess or a movie and popcorn. Here is what our voting booth looked like:
The students had a great time voting and they even got an "I Voted" sticker. We voted in the morning and in the afternoon, we tallied the votes. This was the first time we introduced tallying to the students. They caught on quite well and were very excited to read the read the results. As for the winning vote, it was movie and a popcorn!