Manners Theme- Submitted by the Members of PnF

Songs and Poems

Manners
(tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I have super manners.
Yes, I do.
I can say "Please," and "Thank You," too.
When I play with friends,
I like to share.
That's the way I show I care!

Every day is a busy day
With time for work and time for play
Taking turns with all these toys
Trying to help other girls and boys
We're all getting better at waiting awhile
And remembering people like us to smile!
Now one more thing we should try to be
Careful with things and you and me!

THANK YOU
(Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)
When my grandpa gives me something, I say thank you.
When my grandma gives me something, I say thank you;.
I can see it makes them happy
When I say it so politely
Yes, good manners mean to always say thank you!

If I spill my drink at lunch I say I'm sorry.
When I break something of yours I say I'm sorry.
I can see it makes you happy
When I say to so politely.
Yes, good manners mean to always say I'm sorry!

If I bump into someone I say excuse me.
If I need to interrupt I say; excuse me.
I can see it makes people happy When I say it so politely
Yes, good manners mean to always say excuse me!

A Sharing Song
(tune: Looby Loo)
Chorus:
Sharing is nice for you.
Sharing is nice for me
Sharing's the thing to do.
See how polite you can be!
Verse One:
When there's a treat for one
But you and friend make two
Just share that treat
So both can eat.
It's not so hard to do
(chorus)
Verse Two:
When friends go out to play,
And both want the same toy
Just take a turn,
And you will learn;
That sharing's quite a joy!
(chorus)

A Lovely Line
Five children in line
Can't wait for their turn
They're pushing and yelling!
What should they learn?
Five children in line
Don't push any more!
One has a turn
And now there are four.
Four children in line
As quiet as can be
One takes his turn
And now there are three.
Three children in line
It's clear what to do.
One has a turn,
And now there are two.
Two children in line;
With manners it's fun!
One has his turn
And now there is one.
The waiting is over
For the child who is last.
With good manners in line,
Your turn will come fast!

Manners
We say, "Thank you."
We say, "Please."
We don't interrupt or tease.
We don't argue.
We don't fuss.
We listen when folks talk to us.
We share our toys and take our turn.
Good manners aren't too hard to learn.
It's really easy, when you find.
Good manners means JUST BEING KIND!

Pass the Peas, Please
by Dina Anastasio
(It's super for your manners theme, so here are the words..... )
If you run over a sand castle
Created by your brother
Kneel down and say, "I'm sorry."
Then just help him build another
When you see someone who's different,
Don't laugh. It isn't fair.
He might think you are different,
But he doesn't point and start
If you're angry at a friend,
Don't punch or kick or shout.
Go for a walk and count to ten,
Then try to talk it out.
No one likes to lose a game,
But if you must, you must.
So if you lose, shake hands and say,
"We'll play again, I trust."
It's hard to keep a secret,
But secret telling's wrong.
Remember, friends who blab too much
Aren't friends for very long.
If your father's talking on the phone
When he should be playing ball,
Don't kick or sulk or whine, "Let's GO!"
That will not work at all.
Don't interrupt your uncle
When he's talking 'bout his car.
Even though it's boring -
Well, you know how uncles are!
When you're eating mashed potatoes,
And there's something you must say,
Please wait until you've swallowed.
The thought won't go away!
If your brother has a cupcake
That's he's saving for tomorrow,
Don't take a bite, not even one,
Or he'll be filled with sorrow.
If your neighbor won't stop talking,
And you feel a yawn come on,
Put your mouth behind your fingers,
Until your yawn is gone.
Don't eat spaghetti with your knife,
Your fingers or a spoon.
Use your fork, although it's hard.
You'll catch on pretty soon.
When you're outside playing soccer,
And kick someone in the knee,
Don't tell him that he's in your way.
Say, "Sorry. Pardon me."
Don't play with Grandma's dishes
If you father has forbid it.
But if you do, and if they break,
Don't say your sister did it!
We all leave toys and clothes around.
It's O.K. just once or twice.
But if a king and queen should come to call,
They might not think it's nice.
When someone's in the bathroom,
And won't get out, don't worry.
Just knock and say,
"I'm waiting. I must come in. Please hurry."
Don't play the drums or sing a song
When sombody is sick.
Just tiptoe by and give a wave,
And say, "Please get well quick."
When your sister's busy practicing,
And you really want to hide,
Don't cover your ears or make a face.
Just smile and go outside.
Towels that are soggy
Will not dry someone's back
So toss them in the laundry,
Or hang them on the rack.
When your sister gets a bicycle
And you just get a kite,
Don't say, "You like her better!"
Say, "Thank you. It's just right."
If a friend is having trouble,
And he falls and gives a yelp,
Don't laugh or point or call him names.
Say, "Are you hurt?" and "May I help?"
If there's something very special
That you'd really like to borrow,
Ask before you take it,
And bring it back tomorrow.
If your great-aunt gives you candy,
And your friends would like a lot,
It's nice to share a little,
Even though you'd rather not.
When you're going to a movie,
And the line is two blocks long,
Don't butt in front.
Go to the end.
Then calmly hum a song.
When you're sitting at the table,
And want some extra peas,
Don't shout out, "Gimme more of those."
Say, "Pass the peas, please."

(tune: Did you ever see a lassie?)
"When you talk to people
You should have good manners
When you talk to people
You should be polite.
When they say "Thank You"
Then you say "You're welcome"
When you talk to people
You should be polite.

(tune: My Bonnie lies over the ocean)
Good manners is thinking of others,
Good manners is doing what's right
Good manners is thinking of others
Good manners always feel right.
Helping, caring, Sharing with you today, today
Kindness, honesty Sharing with you today.

(tune:The Muffin Man)
Please and thank you, how are you
Polite words will always do.
Friends feel good and you will too
. I can use them. how 'bout you?

( tune: The Farmer in the Dell)
Manners are the way
To brighten up my day
Please and thank you's what I say
To brighten up my day.

(tune:5 little fishies in an itty bitty pool)
Deep in the jungle where the monkeys play
The baby monkey cries"I want my Way"
The mother monkey says
"There's no need to shout"
Just wait your turn and work it out.
Refrain :If you've got a problem you can work it out If you've got a problem you can work it out There's no need to fight, no need to shout Just use your words and work it out Deep in the hills where the wolves do roam
A baby wolf cries "Someone took my bone"
The mother wolf says There's no need to shout
Just share your food and work it out.
(Refrain)
Deep in the ground where the mice do creep
A baby mouse cries "I'm trying to sleep"
The mother mouse says There's no need to shout
Just ask nicely --- we can work it out
(Refrain)
Deep in a pond where the frogs do splash
A baby frog cries" He made me crash"
The mother frog says "There's no need to shout
Just apologize and work it out
(Refrain)

A bunch of golden keys are mine
To make each day with gladness shine.
"Good morning," is the golden key
That unlocks every door for me.
When at the table "if you please"
I take from off my bunch of keys.
It helps to make our mealtime calm
And keeps a smile on Dad and Mom.
"Thank you" is one magic key
That helps the world to smile at me.
And "please," I must remember all the time
You see, it helps me share with friends what's mine.
"May I" is a key my Mom likes best
Because I remember to ask before I test.
Oh, I see two special golden kindness keys
One is "I'm sorry," and the other is "excuse me, please."
When grown up is how I want to be
I use a certain golden key
That says "Yes please,"
"Yes I will," "Yes ma'am," "Yes sir,"
Then I get treated grown up, you can be sure.
And then before I go to bed each night
I take from off my key ring tight,
"I love you," for it is my favorite key
And helps love grow in our family.
Author Unknown

Oh, Before I Eat My Meals
(tune: If You're Happy and You Know it)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands, (scrub, scrub)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands, (scrub, scrub)
Oh, it's very smart I think, Sends those germs right down the sink.
Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands. (scrub, scrub)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I set my place, (set, set)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I set my place, (set, set)
I set everything I need, I feel very proud, indeed.
Oh, before I eat my meals, I set my place. (set, set)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food, (pass the plate)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food, (pass the plate)
'Cause we know it's only fair For us all to have our share
Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food.

TABLE MANNERS
by Gelett Burgess
The Goops they lick their fingers,
And the Goops they lick their knives;
They spill their broth on the tablecloth-
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
The Goops they talk while eating,
And loud and fast they chew;
And that is why I'm glad that I Am not a Goop - are you?

Manners Please
by Greta Barclay Lipson, Ed.D.
Never, Ever, Pick Your Nose!
Pick a flower Pick a rose
Pick a treat Or pick your toes (just kidding)
Pick some buttons Pick some bows
Pick some jeans Or fancy clothes
Pick some friends Or pick some foes
But never, ever PICK YOUR NOSE!!
YECH!

By G. B. Lipson
(tune: 3 blind mice)
3 Nice Mice
3 Nice Mice
See how nice they are
See how nice they are
They're always polite when they nibble their cheese
They never forget to say thank you and please
They cover their noses whenever they sneeze
ahhh ahhh ahhh-choo (pretend sneeze)
3 nice mice
3 nice mice

Here's a little ditty my mil always used with my kids:
Hearts like doors open with ease
When you say thank you and
if you please!

TABLE MANNERS
(tune: Frere Jacques)
Chewing quietly, chewing quietly
Do not slurp, do not slurp,
We must say excuse me,
We must say excuse me
When we burp,
When we burp.

Manners
(Twinkle twinkle tune)
We say, "Thank you.
We say, "Please."
We don't interrupt,
We don't tease.
We don't argue.
We don't fuss.
We listen when folks talk to us.
We share our toys,
We take our turn
Good manners are easy for us to learn.

How Nice I Am
(tune:"How Dry I Am")
How nice I am;
I've learned to be.
I raise my hand before I speak.
How nice I am;
I've learned to be.
Sit in my chair most properly.
How nice I am; my best I do.
I use the words "please" and "thank you."
How nice I am; try to be kind.
I wait my turn and stay in line.
How nice I am; I've learned to be.
I say, "Sorry" and "Excuse me!"
How nice I am here at my school.
I try to live "The Golden Rule."

http://users.erols.com/ouremail/Manners_Theme.htm
I have a Troll Book of Manners, in which there are examples of good manners. Here are a few that you may be able to incorporate into a manners theme. Please and Thank You If you were the only person in the world, you wouldn't need manners. But there are lots of people in the world, and good manners help everyone get along together. When we ask for something we say "Please", when someone gives us something, we say "Thank You". At lunch time, we know we wash our hands and sit up straight at the table. And we know that its not polite to talk with our mouths full. When we play together, everyone has a good time when we share, and are polite to each other. When we are playing with our friends, it is not polite to whisper about someone who is near by, because it might hurt their feelings. It is not polite to interrupt someone who is trying to talk. Everyone likes a person who has good manners. Good manners make everyone happened make you a person who is nice to know. What should you say if you walk in front of someone? You say "Excuse me" Moving over so someone can sit down is called? "Sharing" When you ask for something you say....."Please" When you receive something you say...."Thank You" This is a small bit, but I have it on pasteboard, hanging in our playroom, and we assign an area to someone each day, and that person helps everyone else to remember how to use his manners.

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Activities

Activity If you'd like your little ones to begin making choices about mannerly behavior, keep this activity in mine. First have each child make a Miss Bea bee puppet. To make one, draw a smiling face on one yellow paper plate and a frowning face on a second plate. Color two craft stick black. But two small circles from black construction paper; then glue a circle to one end of each craft stick to represent antennae. To the back of one plate, tape the craft stick antennae at the top of the plate. Tape another craft stick to the bottom of the plate for a handle .. Glue the backs of both plates together. When each child has made a puppet, have him use his puppet during this group time activity.
Using each of following suggestion, describe a situation in which proper or improper manners were used. Direct each child to display either the happy or sad expression on his puppet to indicate if Miss Bea Polite would approve or disapprove of the behavior.. After using the following suggests, encourage volunteers to contribute scenarios of their own.
  1. Beatrice Butterfly said, "Pass the flowers, please"
  2. Gracie Grasshopper said, "thank you," when she was given a treat.
  3. Bobby Bumblebee bumped his brother off the beehive.
  4. Arnie Ant waited his turn in line.
  5. Carl Caterpillar crunched quietly.
  6. Chrysy Caterpillar chatted with her mouth full.
  7. Sammy Spider played with his food.
  8. Christopher Cricket chirped wile another cricket was chirping.
  9. Casey Cricket chirped, "Excuse me," before interrupting.
  10. Lucy Ladybug borrowed a leaf without asking.
This honey of a game will give your little one practice using the magic words "please" and "thank you". In advance, cut honeycomb shape from yellow construction paper, then add details with a marker. Remove Miss Bea Polite's straw hat and place it in a chair that is near, but facing away from your group area.
To play: Seat the class on the floor. Ask a volunteer to sit in the chair, wear the hat and pretend to be Miss Bea. Place the honeycomb under the chair Ask miss Bea to close her eyes, then quietly choose another child to tiptoe to the chair and take the honeycomb. The child then returns to the group and sits on the honeycomb. As miss bea to open her eyes and face the group. Recite this chant:
Class:
Miss Bea Polite, your very sweet.
May we please have a honey treat?
Miss Bea:
Miss Bea Polite says,
"Yes, you may."
Class:
"Thank you, thank you" we all say.
Give Miss Bea several chances to guess who took the honeycomb before revealing the child, if necessary. The child who took the honeycomb then becomes Miss Bea. Continue until each child has been queen bee. Stickers Miss Bea Polite recommends making a batch of stickers to remind youngsters to use good manners. Or use the stickers as rewards for those who make an effort to show exceptional etiquette. Simply use a black marker to draw stripes on a set of yellow dot stickers (the kind like for yardsales---my input ) Encourage a child to press a sticker on his hand or clothing. Your room is sure to be buzzing with "bee-utiful" behavior! Place a container of Honeycomb cereal in hour housekeeping area along with napkins, small paper plates, and a spoon. Set Miss Bea on the center of the table. Encourage each child to have a seat a the table, obtain a napkin and a plate and serve himself a spoonful of cereal. Remind youngsters that Miss Bea will be watching for polite table manners.

Tea Party
Celebrate good manners with a tea party. Discuss the manners that will be necessary at the party. Make honeybuns and have tea.

Make a KINDNESS PLEDGE!
Ask your kids what it means to be kind or to be a friend or to be nice, whatever they call it. I really made a list of their answers and put them in a rhyme. It is short, but to the point. It was important to me that the words were theirs- because they need to be able to understand what they are promising! Our pledge goes like this:
Today I pledge to be kind, to use the nicest words I can find. Today I pledge to try to share, to wait my turn and to be fair.

"Where is Thumbkin?" reinforces a polite greeting.

Set up an obstacle course and have the children go through it moving in one direction. Remind the children about politely taking turns -- good practice for children who have trouble waiting for slower children ahead of them.

Have the children practice using the telephone, dailing properly, and how to ask for their friend: Hello, May I please speak to _________, Also practice how to answer the phone, "Hello" and "I'll get my mother". Role play answering the door and greeting a friend for a play date. After the visit, the child says, thanks for coming "; after the visiting friend says, "Thanks for having me."

Explain the purpose of good manners, how good it feels to make other people feel good. Talk about being kind and considerate. As situations come up, talk about some alternatives to cursing, name-calling, interrupting others, telling people to shut up, etc.

Remind the children how good people feel when they give someone a gift and the person shows their appreciation. What are some ways to show your appreciation? "Thank you," "it's beautiful!", "It's just what I wanted," "I love it!" Have the children make thank you cards with markers or crayons for anyone who helps out in the classroom or brings in a special treat. At the table, unfold a napkin and place it on your lap, for the children to imitate.

Also demonstrate how to politely ask for food to be passed.

Role Playing Activities: (for older pre-school & school age children) These activities will give the children a chance to decide what would be best to do in a given situation and act it out. The children should be encouraged to either agree or disagree with the actors' solution to the problem given them.
  1. Two children are sitting at a table coloring. One child needs a crayon that is out of his/her reach. It is within the reach of the other child. What should the first child say to the other child nearest the crayons? (Choose two children to act this out.)
  2. The children are in line at the drinking fountain. Another child asks the second child in line to let him/her have "cuts" in line. What should that second child in line do? (As many children may role-play this activity as the teacher desires).
  3. The teacher is giving directions and one child in the class has a question to ask about the directions being given. What should that child do?
  4. It's a cold day outside and one child has a sweater and a coat. Another child has no sweater or coat and is wearing a short-sleeved shirt. What should the first child do in this situation? (Choose two children to act out this situation. Either use a real sweater and coat or just pantomime putting them on.)

Rhyme - Magic Words There are three little magic words That will open any door with ease. Two little words are; Thank you! And the other little word is; Please!

What should you say if you walk in front of someone? You say "Excuse me"
Moving over so someone can sit down is called? "Sharing"
When you ask for something you say "Please"
When you receive something you say...."Thank You"

Pick Up With Sticks
(Cooperation) People words to use: "cooperate, partner, volunteer, work together, group, encourage, opportunity"
Things you will need:
Two slender lengths of wood (about 2' long and about 1" x 2"); a balloon, nerfball, tennis ball, golf ball or similar substitutes; a container no higher than l' to hold the balls (a large grocery bag, cut to about 6" in height would work). Sometimes pairing children of a similar developmental level will be less frustrating for them than the results of random assignments or letting children choose their own partners.
What to do:
Set the balloon and the container next to each other in the center of the circle. Tell the children you would like to see if they could cooperate with a partner to put the balloon into the bag. When one child volunteers to try, select a partner for him. Give each child one of the wood sticks. Tell them the objectof the game is for them to work together, to cooperate, to pick up the balloon with their sticks and place it into the bag. Encourage the rest of the group to cheer them on. If they succeed with the balloon, continue with the nerfball, then the tennis ball and, finally, the golf ball. If the balloon is too difficult, take turns being children's partner, coaching them as you proceed. Step back and let them try as partners once again. Be generous with your words of encouragement as they work together. When they are through, give others an opportunity to try as well. Vary the size, shape and firmness of the objects to be picked up. Vary the lengths and shape of the sticks. Long dowel rods are the most difficult to handle. Make the task difficult enough to provide a challenge, but not so difficult as to be unnecessarily frustrating.

I am using a puppet to help teach manners this year. His name is Puppy Polite. I plan on using him to talk about what good and bad manners are and bring him out whenever we forget our manners.!
*POLITE PUPPETS
Things you will need: small paper bags; Marking pens; Rubber cement; Scissors; Construction paper. Children like puppets because they can safely pretend to be someone else without fear of criticism. The ability to project
What to do: Using a small paper bag, make a sample puppet whose face expresses one of the basic emotions. Set materials on the table in the art area and invite the children to make their own happy, sad, and angry
Want to do more: Create your own puppet family, each puppet expressing a different emotion. Use these puppets to put on brief skits for the group.

Craft Idea: Cover your sneezes/ ages 4+I like to make this a multicultural craft as well as a manners craft. Materials: Multicultural colored paper tissues any background paper Have each child trace their hand, or trace each others hands or teacher can do this for a younger group. Cut these out and glue to background sheet over the tissue. I like to put this on a bulletin board with the heading Cover Your Sneezes! in the very beginning of cold season.

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Books

Say Please by Virginia Austin
Perfect Pigs: An Intro to Manners by Marc Brown and Stephen Krensky
What Do You Say, Dear? and What Do You Do, Dear? by Sesyle Joslin
Monster Manners by Bethany Roberts
Manners, by Aliki.
This sweet-tempered book of etiquette by a favorite children's author is full of charming drawings and superclear explanations. Ages 3 and up.
It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel, by Caralyn Buehner.
Table manners are fun to learn when Victor Vulture, Walter Warthog, and Trevor Tarantula are the teachers. Ages 4 to 8.

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

Here are some activities that I use during my manners unit. I break manners into three catagories: School Manners, Verbal Manners, Table Manners. On school manners day we use a purchased bulletin board set. I use the pictures as posters to start discussions. (Share, listen, take turns, put things away, raise hand, etc.) As a little exercise about raising hands I ask the children to name every one in their family and I let them answer all at the same time. We then discuss the fact that no one could understand anyone else! Next, we go through it again but this time everyone gets a turn by raising their hand.
On verbal manners day we: write the children’s suggestions on chart paper. We then act a few out. We play Mother, May I, stressing thank you and you're welcome.
On table manners day we: discuss the different manners. When we come to 'eating with your mouth closed' we do a little exercise. We give everyone a cracker and have them chew and talk while they are eating it. (They usually get the hint with this!)We then give them a cup of water using manners (Would you like some water. Yes, please. Thank you. You're welcome) We do this one at a time so they can practice manners. We also have a special snack time and make it a little fancy. We set out placemats (drawings of where to put cup,plate, fork, etc.)I traced the items and then photo copied it. We then served a snack that they needed to use their fork and spoon for. We really had a good time! We put our napkins on our lap and everything. Don't forget the flowers for the centerpiece!!

This may have been looped already but if you put some confetti in a balloon, then blow it up, explain how germs spray everywhere and the confetti is the pretend germs, then let the balloon go and out sprays all the confetti. Its messy but when the kids see how far this stuff goes and for days we are cleaning it up...it only has to be done once for it to make a good impression. I had one 3 year old start to sneeze and quickly covered his mouth with his arm saying I don't want to get my confetti on you! Not quite the lesson I intended, but it works for me!!!

It's Nice To Meet You
Get "buzzy" teaching your little ones about manners by making a Miss Bea look-alike. To make one, gather a nine inch orange foam ball, a straw hat, two black pipe cleaners, tow practice golf balls, and black and pink Slick fabric paints. To make Miss Bea's antennae, paint he plastic golf balls black. Fold each pipe cleaner in half and twist it. Insert one end of each pipe cleaner into a golf ball, and the other end into the tope of the straw hat. Paint facial features on the foam ball. When the paint is dry, gently press the ball into the hat. During a group time, bring Miss Bea out for a flyby. Modeling your most appropriate manners introduce Miss Bea to each child by saying,
"Miss Bea, the is (child's name).
(Name), this is Miss Bea Polite.
" Encourage each child to respond by saying,
"It's nice to meet you!:
When all formal introductions have been made, explain to your group that your honored guest has arrived so that your class can learn about manners. Ask volunteers to explain what they think it means to be polite and have them give examples of good manners. If desired, record their examples. Then conclude by reminding the children that Miss Bea will be using her eyes and antennae to watch and listen for good manners in your class room. When she does indeed observe politeness, allow her to buzz a word of praise in that child's ear.

Stickers Miss Bea Polite recommends making a batch of stickers to remind youngsters to use good manners. Or use the stickers as rewards for those who make an effort to show exceptional etiquette. Simply use a black marker to draw stripes on a set of yellow dot stickers (the kind like for yard sales---my input ) Encourage a child to press a sticker on his hand or clothing . Your room is sure to be buzzing with "bee-utiful" behavior!

Place a container of Honeycomb cereal in hour housekeeping area along with napkins, small paper plates, and a spoon. Set Miss Bea on the center of the table. Encourage each child to have a seat a the table, obtain a napkin and a plat, and serve himself a spoonful of cereal . Remind youngsters that Miss Bea will be watching for polite table manners

If you'd like your little ones to begin making choices about mannerly behavior, keep this activity in mine. First have each child make a Miss Bea bee puppet. To make one, draw a smiling face on one yellow paper plate and a frowning face on a second plate. Color tow craft stick black. But two small circles from black construction paper; then glue a circle to one end of each craft stick to represent antennae. To the back of one plate, tape the craft stick antennae at the top of the plate. Tape another craft stick to the bottom of the plate for a handle .. Glue the backs of both plates together. When each child has made a puppet, have him use his puppet during this group time activity. Using each of following suggestion, describe a situation in which proper or improper manners were used. Direct each child to display either the happy or sad expression on his puppet to indicate if Miss Bea Polite would approve or disapprove of the behavior.. After using the following suggests, encourage volunteers to contribute scenarios of their own. 1. Beatrice Butterfly said, "Pass the flowers, please"
  1. Gracie Grasshopper said, "thank you," when she was given a treat.
  2. Bobby Bumblebee bumped his brother off the beehive.
  3. Arnie Ant waited his turn in line.
  4. Carl Caterpillar crunched quietly.
  5. Chrysy Caterpillar chatted with her mouth full.
  6. Sammy Spider played with his food.
  7. Christopher Cricket chirped wile another cricket was chirping.
  8. Casy Cricket chirped, "Excuse me," before interrupting.
  9. Lucy Ladybug borrowed a leaf without asking.
Formal Meal-
Practice good manners in the whole setting of a dinner party. Have the children set a proper table, how to hold out a chair for the girls, how to place a napkin on their lap. You can go all out on this or make it very simple. It will give the kids a chance to practice being polite and give them a different type of lunch. In all that we do with children a little change in the routine always seems to keep things fresh!

How Children Learn Manners - The Natural Child Project
Camp Manners
http://www.eticon.com/manners/campmann.htm#CMT1
Manners and Discipline
Education World ® : Curriculum: Students Learn Respect-- Thanks to Good Manners!
Family.com: Child Development Expert: A Manners Primer



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