It may seem strange that we built American Governmental offices for our history co-op on Ancient Greece, but there were many reasons we did. Much of the American Government is based on the government of the Greeks. The Greeks invented democracy and a governmental system which included a separation of power with checks and balances. In addition, we did this project during election week and couldn't resist working American politics into our history unit.
A republic is a government which is run by a group of representatives of the public. In a democracy, everybody has a vote and the majority rules. The representatives for the Greeks were chosen at random where as our representatives are voted in by the people. During our co-op, we proposed some silly laws and had a democratic vote, then selected representatives of the group, proposed more laws and voted. The children could then see the difference between a republic and a democracy.
Each of my three children were given their own responsibilities for this project.
The Oval Office
The President's Cabinet Song was created to go along with the project. The song goes through all 15 cabinet departments of the President.
The words are:
has fifteen secretaries called the Cabinet
-Energy and Labor
-State and Transportation
-Treasury, Agriculture, Veteran's Affairs
-Homeland Security, Commerce and Defense
-Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development
The Government is everywhere