Voting in California has started. When its voting season I hear a lot of opinions about voting, the most popular is “my vote doesn't matter or I just let things happen.” Amazing as these comments might be, feeling a lack of control starts somewhere. It got me to thinking about Early Childhood and the voting systems we do or don’t use in our classrooms.
In the center where I work, we have two playgrounds, a smaller playground that we share with the toddlers and a larger one that we share with school-age. Although we go to the larger playground each day, there are times that one student asks to play on the smaller one. This is when we take a vote, the entire class votes to go to the larger playground, so that is the playground we usually go to.