Teach About Manners

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Objective: Children will learn what types of behavior (manners) are expected at school. (Best taught in the first few days of school.) (You are a role model! Your polite example is the best way to teach manners.) 

Preparation:  Gather the following materials:
  • watercolors
  • paper
  • water cup  (Yoplait cups work great without spilling.)
  • paint shirts to protect their clothes.
  • Decide on a book to read: 
    • Suggested books:
      • Big Black Bear by Wong Herbert Ye 
      • Clifford’s Manners by Norman Bridwell

Lesson: Read the book(s) then discuss:

  • Explain to the children we want EVERYONE to enjoy school.  Good manners help everyone to be have a good day.  
  • When we play nicely together and are polite to each other, we are using good manners.  When we use good manners children want to play with you. 
  • At snack time, we wait for our turn as the teacher passes out the snack. When she asks if we want something, we either say “Yes, please” or “No, thank you”.  If we want something, we just raise our hands or our cups.   (Spend time during snack time reviewing the manners for snacks.)
Possible Discussion Questions: 
  • What should you say if you walk in front of someone or bump into someone? “Excuse me.”
  • What should you say when you ask for something?  “Please.”
  • What should you say when someone gives you something?  “Thank You.”
  • What should you say if you hurt someone’s feelings? “I’m Sorry.”
  • Is it polite to interrupt someone who is trying to talk? No! If you want to talk, you raise your hand and wait for your turn.
  • Is it polite to whisper?  No, it might hurt their feelings.
  • At snack time what do we say if we don’t want the snack?  Simply say; “No, Thank you.”
Have the children watercolor a picture of themselves using manners.   
(This activity can be used to teach children how to watercolor while keeping 
the area and paint colors clean.) 
Here are some suggested guidelines: 
  •  Have the children get a piece of paper, their paints, a cup of water, and place them on a tray.
  •  Have them put on a paint shirt to protect their clothes.
  •  Explain that we need to keep from mixing the colors together so we:  Dip the brush in the water… in the paint color….paint on the paper.  Repeat with each new color.  Possibly use this chant:  WATER… COLOR… PAPER.  Have them repeat the chant several times as they paint.

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