I have been so busy teaching that it never occurred to me to share this kid election ballot. When I shared it on Instagram, the request for me to share it came immediately. So I’ve made it a preschool freebie. You can download it free here.
Right now, my preschool class is learning about farms, but I didn’t want to ignore the Presidential election completely. Instead of getting into the nitty-gritty about this specific election, I wanted to help my students learn about the process of elections, how a ballot has each candidate, how you must choose only one, cast your ballot in private, and how you have to wait to find out who wins.
I sent my ballot home with my students. They filled it out ay home with a parent, which is as close to private as is appropriate for 3-5-year-olds who can’t read yet. And their parents have emailed me the results. I will compile them, and on election day during our zoom class, I will reveal the winners of our farm election!
If I have an in-person class, I would pop a bunch of kid election ballots on a clipboard and circulate during free choice to get my students’ votes. Or you can turn your literacy center into a polling station. This takes no prep, just ballots, crayons, and a trifold divider if you want. Things don’t have to be fancy for your students to learn the very basics about how elections work.