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Kids in the House

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Detailed, age-appropriate intro to the House, its history.

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Though the site's pretty text-heavy, the content is solid, and families who dig deep will be rewarded with in-depth information and well-articulated details about the House's history and role in government. The four age ranges can seem pretty wide (and "grade school" sounds a bit clunky), but it's neat to compare the related content across the four levels and see what changes and what stays the same, especially in the glossary section and in the explanations of how a bill becomes a law. One great find: The high school section links to the clerk's YouTube channel, which has a wealth of terrific videos about the history of the House and the legislative process. That the YouTube channel is only linked from the high school page is one of many thoughtful details that went into curating this site; its developers worked hard to construct age-appropriate, highly useful content, and families have tons of great information to choose from in a nice range of formats.

That being said, the site isn't perfect. At least one link to email your representative is broken, and pages are text-heavy with sometimes-dated images. Still, there's some terrific reference information and historical content here; this one's definitely worth a look.

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