It doesn’t happen very often that I declare absolute control over what we watch on TV, usually opting not to watch at all while the kids get their fill of all things DISNEY/NICK/CARTOON NETWORK. But every once in awhile, there are events that I want to watch, requiring that I take temporary charge of the remote control. When this happens, I’ve found that there are two things that make this abrupt change in behavior much more acceptable:
1. Snack trays.
Tonight’s Presidential Debate is one of those TV watching occasions that I really don’t want to miss. Taking a page from my experience with the Oscars and the Super Bowl, I’ve created a worksheet for the kids to use during the debate. Armed with a pencil and clipboard, the worksheet will help to keep the kids engaged and listening as the debate happens.
Depending on their age and how much they understand, this may only last for a few minutes, but it gives me the chance to hear the candidates and the kids to start to understand the basics of civic responsibility. As second and fourth graders, I don’t expect that they will fully grasp the content of the debate or the positions of the candidates, but by watching the process they can start to understand that it is the responsibility of every voter to LISTEN, LEARN and DECIDE.
In each of the worksheet fields, I’ll ask the kids to write a few words or sentences to capture their thoughts – what they heard, what they liked about it, and what they’d like to learn more about. Lastly, I’ll ask them to make a decision based on what they know. I’d like the kids to understand that it is equally important to be INFORMED and TO TAKE ACTION.
Want to join us? Sharpen your pencil, grab a clipboard, and print your own chart below.
Print it: Debate Chart_2012