A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn a ton of information about how the House of Representatives works. There's in-depth information on how a bill becomes a law, the history of the people who've worked in the House, and the physical space where they work in the U.S. Capitol. Kids can use the glossary to learn key terms related to the House's work, and they can investigate how the House's actions affect the other branches of government and the rest of the country. Kids in the House helps kids learn about the legislative branch of government in a simple, straightforward manner.
Ease of Play
Info organized consistently across four age-range levels, making it easy for families to find related info in different sections of site.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kids in the House is a U.S. government website hosted by the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. The page features information and activities about the House and its history, and it's geared toward children from early childhood through high school. The information on the site is arranged across four age ranges, making it easy to tailor the content to a kid's grade in school. Users don't have to submit personal information to use the site, and the Clerk's YouTube channel is only accessible by the high school age range, reducing video content access for younger kids.
Is It Any Good?
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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