I don’t know about other states, but in California schools the 4th grade is spent covering state history and state government. Each child has a turn as the classroom Secretary, the Controller, the Lieutenant Governor and then as the big cheese: the Governor. It is done alphabetically so that each child has a turn to serve in each capacity.
Apparently, once all the children have had a turn, they can “campaign” to hold the office again. I had the following conversation with Grant:
ME: What was your favorite part of school today?**
GRANT: We are holding elections! I hope Nathan gets elected to be Governor!!
ME: You think Nathan will do the best job, huh?
GRANT: Yes!! He promised Origami Star Wars characters to everyone who votes for him!
I guess we know where Grant lies on the 4th grade political spectrum. (In a galaxy far, far away. Obviously.)
** By the way parents, never ask your child a “how was your day” type of question that only elicits a single word answer. I always ask things like What was your favorite part of the day? or Who did you play with at recess and what game did you play? Those questions open up more of a conversation.
That’s how I learned about Origami Yodas in the first place.
Have you had funny conversations with your kids about their classroom activities?