I always think it's interesting to see just how much kids are
absorbing and understanding about the world around them, especially
during big events like the election. After our office saw the video of
four-year-old Abigael Evans crying about the amount of
presidential election coverage she'd been drowning in, I had an
idea. I wondered what some of the local four-year-olds were hearing
and understanding about the presidential race.
On Thursday, Nov. 1 I visited First United Church Nursery
School in Oak Park to see what a few kids knew about POTUS. I
started out by asking if they knew what a president was and was
pleasantly surprised by their answers. In general, they knew the
names "Barack Obama" and "Mitt Romney", and they knew a president
After a couple of questions back and forth and explaining why an
election is important, I showed them some pictures of past
presidents and then asked if they'd like to help me with an
activity. Five students were asked to draw the President with his
family at their house. Since the students had just tried drawing
their own self-portraits in class, I asked the other five students
to draw themselves as president in the house they would live in if
they were the leader of the free world.
As is usual with kids, these drawings are adorable and I hope
you find them to be a good break from election stress. Enter the
slideshow full screen and make sure you have the info and captions
showing to read their answers to some of my election questions.
Thank you to the students, staff and parents at First United
Church Nursery School. It was so much fun to visit your classroom
for a day.
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
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