When discussing manners with children, seven key tips include expecting respect from the start, instilling polite words as early as possible and teaching what they mean, being a good role model, incorporating names when addressing others, acknowledge the child and accept him/her as an individual by involving them in conversations and respecting them, do not force the child to be polite; instead make it fun, and finally, when correcting a child do it politely.
This book is full of fun games, activities, and ways to teach manners to children in an engaging manner. Included here are tips for each day of the year for students to learn manners. Introduce a new tip to your class everyday, recommend it to parents, or utilize a few of the most essential tips that you can incorporate into lessons such as "please and thank you" (p 4), "good sportsmanship" (p 301), and "using positive words (p 146).
Another book full of important lessons and appropriate actions on manners, Part 8: The Words We Say is a great start for introducing the topics of manners in your classroom. Suggestions, tips, and strategies for being a polite individual will help them to realize the importance of respect and good manners. Once they realize its importance they will be more likely to adapt those behaviors.
Instilling good manners to children at a young age is so important. In fact, it is between the ages of 2 and 5 that children are most receptive to learning good conduct and following the rules. They want to listen to you, and to learn from you. Utilize this opportunity to get them ready to be productive and polite members of the world. It is never too early to guide your children on the right track, and we as teachers can incorporate these lessons into any level of teaching.
Not only will children be able to practice good manners by completing tasks in this workbook, but they will also learn the history of certain manners and traditions we have adapted such as shaking hands, and be able to learn confidence, acceptance, and consideration for other individuals. While there are scripture based chapter end tasks (which may not be appropriate for some schools to utilize) the lessons, concepts, and history are truly beneficial regardless.
Why teach manners? When children are taught from a young age to be polite and have manners, they will gain respect of individuals around them both when they are young and as they get older. We are teaching future members of society and it is important that the concept of having manners does not go out the window. It can help them receive a job they want, find a significant other, and make friends. Having manners is one of the most important things to teach children.