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The Discovery Family Adventures provide ideas, activities, and experiences to help build strong family relationships.

 

Our goal is to strengthen family relationships to help kids be and become their best selves 

and to support parents in raising happy, successful, resilient kids in an exciting,

but sometimes turbulent and dangerous world.

 

 

Choose from the Adventures listed below

(or design your own family adventure!)

 

 

My VOTE is My VOICE


Family Adventure

 

GOAL:  Help kids develop a sense of patriotism and understand the wonderful blessing and opportunity it is to be able to vote.

 

 

The ADVENTURE:   

Learn about patriotism, how our government works, and how voting is your voice.

 

TIPS/REWARD Suggestions:

 

   Spend time with your child listening to their thoughts and insights about America, voting, and whatever they want to discuss regarding this topic.

 

   Incorporate 'VOTING' into as many different aspects of the day as possible. For example-- vote on what you fix for dinner, vote on your plans for the weekend, vote on which set of dinnerware to use, vote on which game to play as a family-- you get the point! Be sure to give each family member a vote, and acknowledge the importance of their vote in your family.

 

   Be sure to keep the conversation respectful and validating to each family member, especially if there are differing views. Remember, you don't have to agree with someone else to validate them. You can certainly say, "That is not at all how I feel about it, but I really appreciate the time you have taken to share your views with me and I'm glad that we can share our ideas with each other even when we don't agree."

 

 

When you are with your family or a group of friends trying to decide if you want pizza or burritos for dinner, you take a vote and the majority wins, right? Did you know that our country runs on a similar concept? America is a REPUBLIC, which means:

 

 

re·pub·lic

rəˈpəblik/
noun
  1. a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.

 

What this means is that YOUR VOICE counts when it comes to making decisions about how the country, and how your community, is to be run. Well- you do have to be 18 before you can vote, (and you DO HAVE TO VOTE for it to be counted!) but it's never too early to start learning about the importance of getting involved, whether it's voting or running for office on a local, state, or national level. This adventure is designed to do just that. Go ahead and look at how our government works and what your role is, and will be.  Here are some links and some steps to help you get started. Explore these links for at least n hour to complete this adventure.  ENJOY!

 

Congress for Kids:  https://www.congressforkids.net/

 

Ben's Guide for Kids: https://bensguide.gpo.gov/parent-ed-u-s-government-web-sites-for-kids

 

Pre-K Adventure

 

It's never too early to begin teaching little ones about patriotism. Here are some fun ideas for completing The Patriot Adventure for our youngest Adventurers:

 

Check out this fun song to teach about patriotism:  Take Your Hat Off!  (My favorite!):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybLGFnivRfw

 

Learn this song and perform it for someone:  Sing-a-long You're A Grand Old Flag:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO12beCe_ac

 

Learn the names of all 50 states with this fun song:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALhEGiA5k5I

 

You may want to try some of these fun activities and crafts:

 

  • Write letters and make cards for active duty members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force
  • Play Patriotic Word Building: Identify words related to America (i.e. America, Flag, President, Washington) and then use magnetic letters (or anything really!) to make those words. Then mix up the letters near each written word and let the kids put the words back together. For older kids you can also see how many different words you can make out of the letters in your patriotic words.
  • Dress up like a soldier or one of the various first responders (police, firemen, etc.)
  • Sort American Coins
  • Use blocks to build a National Monument-- show a picture of one for them to build, or they can create their own.
  • Try making a patriotic craft such as decorating an empty paper towel roll as a rocket. Use construction paper to make the pointed top and the flares on the bottom.

 

Community Engagement Adventure

So- you enjoyed learning about how the American government works?  Here are some ways to personalize it and get involved in your local government. Choose 2-3 of these 'Adventures' to complete your Super Achiever level of the 'My VOTE is my VOICE' Adventure.

 

 

Option #1:  Who has been voted in to represent you? Who is your . . .

  1. Mayor?

  2. City Council Members?

  3. School Board Members?

  4. State Legislators?

  5. Governor?

  6. U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative?

  7. President of the United States?

  8. What other elected officials do you know that represent you?

 

 

Option #2:  Take time to visit with one or more of your local leaders. Research and identify some questions about issues that you care about and ask them about their position on those issues.

 

Option #3:  Watch a political debate leading up to the election. What are the issues that seem to be most important to people? Are these the same issues you care about? Which candidate's views seem to be most like yours? What did you notice about the debate? What did you like? What did you not like? What would you have done differently? How would you have answered some of the questions if you were the candidate?

 

Option #4:  Explore what it's like to be a candidate. Why do you think people would run for office? What do the candidates do during the campaign? If possible attend a campaign event for someone running for office. Watch how they interact with people, how they run their campaign, etc. If you can attend events for 2 or more different candidates and notice in what ways their campaigns are similar and in what way they are different.

 

Option #5:  Design your own 'Adventure' to learn more about our government and the political process.

 

 

Teen Adventure

When you are with a group of friends trying to decide if you want pizza or chinese food for dinner, you take a vote and the majority wins, right? Did you know that our country runs on a similar concept? America is a REPUBLIC, which means:

 

re·pub·lic

rəˈpəblik/
noun
  1. a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.

What this means is that YOUR VOICE counts when it comes to making decisions about how the country, and how your community, is to be run. Well- you do have to be 18 before you can vote, (and you do have to VOTE for it to be counted!) but now is a great time to start learning about the importance of getting involved, whether it's voting or running for office on a local, state, or national level. This adventure is designed to do just that. Go ahead and look at how our government works and what your role is, and will be.  Here is a link to help you get a basic understanding of how government works: https://wethepeople.scholastic.com/grade-7-10.html

 

Now-- Choose 2-3 of these 'Adventures' to complete your Super Achiever level of the 'My VOTE is my VOICE' Adventure.

 

Option #1:  Who has been voted in to represent you? Who is your . . .

  1. Mayor?

  2. City Council Members?

  3. School Board Members?

  4. State Legislators?

  5. Governor?

  6. U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative?

  7. President of the United States?

  8. What other elected officials do you know that represent you?

 

 

 

Option #2:  Take time to visit with one or more of your local leaders. Research and identify some questions about issues that you care about and ask them about their position on those issues.

 

Option #3:  Watch a political debate leading up to the election. What are the issues that seem to be most important to people? Are these the same issues you care about? Which candidate's views seem to be most like yours? What did you notice about the debate? What did you like? What did you not like? What would you have done differently? How would you have answered some of the questions if you were the candidate?

 

Option #4:  Explore what it's like to be a candidate. Why do you think people would run for office? What do the candidates do during the campaign? If possible attend a campaign event for someone running for office. Watch how they interact with people, how they run their campaign, etc. If you can attend events for 2 or more different candidates and notice in what ways their campaigns are similar and in what way they are different.

 

Option #5:  Design your own 'Adventure' to learn more about our government and the political process.

 

 

Photo Location

Take a picture with an American Flag, with one of your elected officials, or with both and post it to your social media sites with the hashtags #Primerica, #MyDiscoveryDestination and #Patriotism.

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