Making Democracy Work

Helping Children to Become Citizens

Help engage youth in the community:

Read Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen - This publication suggests activities that you and your school-aged children can do together to promote the basic values that you want your child to learn and use. (PDF)

Let your kids explore these websites created just for them on topics of voting, civic engagement, and government!
  • PBS Election Central - For use in classrooms or at home during elections; includes virtual field trips, classroom activities, contests, movies, and more. Geared toward older kids.
  • Scholastic News Election - Kids get to register their votes online, see an interactive "path to the White House," hear election news from kid reporters, and learn election vocabulary
  • Government for Kids! - with games, videos, tutorials, and posters
  • iCivics - Teaches students civics through engaging games that put them in the places of lawyers, activists, administrators, and even candidates. Also includes lesson plans for teachers
  • Ben's Guide to Government for Kids - broken down into multiple age groups and includes resources for parents and teachers
  • How Does A Bill Become a Law? - Thanks to the students at Kellytown Civics Club for sending us this link; it outlines the path a new law needs to take in Congress (this is how it works in the SC House and Senate as well!)
  • "Connecting the Dots for our Mini-Americans" LWVCA member Shayna Howell was a guest writer for the LWV blog. Read her important message about engaging our littlest Americans in the political process.

And check out these books that help explain elections and democracy in a fun way:

One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote - Learn the basic principles of democracy, how political parties are formed, why Election Day is held in early November, and much more!

Bad Kitty for President - "It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty." Recommended for elementary-aged kids

Monster Needs Your Vote - "Election season is here and Monster is ready to vote! But why cast your ballot when you can run for president instead? With speeches, debates, and a soapbox or two, Monster's newest tale is a campaign encouraging kids to take a stand and fight for what they believe in." This rhyming book is great for preschoolers.