This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Homeschool Blogging Carnival hosted by Lisa at The Squishable Baby and Keisha at Unschooling Momma. This month our participants are talking about their favorite homeschool project or experience.
When people ask what is the most enjoyable project we have ever done at home, I have to say the Breakfast Elections every time. It all started when the then 11-year-old wanted to understand the real elections and the voting system, which is no small task.
So we decided to have an election every morning, in which the Porridge Party, the Pancake Party and the Muesli-Weetbix Coalition Party would contend for our votes and the right to form a government and implement their breakfast policy.
What a time we had. We ran campaigns, put up posters, made speeches and interviewed each other for radio and television. Of course, the whole system was really completely corrupt, because the party leaders had clandestine meetings to decide what we should actually have for breakfast, and we only campaigned for one party a day. But when we put our votes into the ballot box, the outcome was still unknown.
Eventually, we decided that we were ready to go the whole way and establish electorates. They were, if I remember correctly, the Blue Bedroom and the Pink Bedroom, and we had to recruit a lot of soft toys to complete our party lists. We even set up a parliament in the dining room and sat in it when we had formed a government, although there was not much business once the Prime Minister had appointed a Minister of Milk and a Minister of Brown Sugar.
The most interesting thing was that we discovered a difficulty in proportional representation which we didn’t know how to resolve, but when the real election took place, we learned that it happens in real life and is called Overhang. We felt we had come to a pretty good understanding of the whole system by the end of it. But alas, we were no closer at all to answering the question of how majority rule can ever be fair.
In case you’re wondering, yes, we did it all again at the next election. And we’ll probably repeat it at the election to come. I have a suspicion I’ll probably run out of children before I get tired of it.
Visit The Squishable Baby to see how you can participate in the next Homeschool Blogging Carnival where we will be talking about online gaming and curriculum.
Please take the time to read the submissions by other Carnival participants:
- Keisha at Unschooling Momma will talk about a few of the writing projects she has done with her children, including a son who absolutely despises to write anything.
- Lisa at The Squishable Baby Will talk about homeschooling is more than math and science – it’s about learning how to be a better person.
- Tani at Normal Education shares how her Children learned about the election process – and got insight into its corrupt nature.
- Tati at AllMoms4Jesus shares how she takes her homeschool project well beyond pencil/paper and out into the community.
- Aida at Girlfriends With Goals will share how she brings her lessons alive with real life experiences.
- Markell Corpus will talk about the Dos and don’ts about homeschooling during the preschool years.
- Cecy Fencer will be discussing the homeschool projects that she enjoys the most.
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