Have you thought about organizing a school assembly which teaches manners to your students? Recently, I had the pleasure of teaching over 480 children at an elementary school in New Jersey. The school created a theme which was called “Conscious Conduct”. Teaching manners was a perfect fit for them.
Approximately 100 children attended each session along with their teachers. The students were exceptionally well behaved and so very engaged. I was impressed!
School Assembly: Teach Manners
Respect for self and others
Actions to be kind
How to shake hands
How to introduce others
How to write thank you notes
Our world today is changing rapidly, and as casual as we have become in our lives, good manners are still essential. Technology has liberated us in so many ways, but teaching manners to children and teens remains crucial to our success as individuals and as a society.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Richey when we booked her outstanding Manners To Go program for our school assembly at Jefferson Elementary in Westfield, NJ. The program was fine tuned to each grade level and the students were engaged and ready to participate. Mrs. Richey was even kind enough to incorporate a working lunch into the already busy day to confer with our teachers on how to put the program into their everyday activities in class. The students learned how to make eye contact, to have a proper handshake, respect for others and even writing a proper thank you note with our older grades. I would highly recommend Mrs. Richey and her Manners To Go program for everyone, adults and children alike.”
Sarah S., Jefferson Elementary School, New Jersey
Manners To Go is an unpretentious program to help children, parents and educators navigate through the social skills of life. Lisa Richey’s mission is to provide a variety of activities to teach the life skills needed to promote the growth of well-rounded adults who are able to interact in any situation.
Lisa Richey is the leading voice on teaching manners to children. Contact Lisa to discuss an assembly for your school.
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Have you ever read any of the “Eloise” books to your children? I smile when Eloise says, “Thank you very much and charge it please.” This is a very easy scene to visualize. Maybe this is a great way to start your little ones off with the basics of etiquette at a young age.
If only everyone honored the basic elements of good manners. Can you imagine if everyone in an office said, “Good morning” to those they passed in the hallway, instead of just focusing on the task at hand? Our world would be a much better place.
As your daughter gets picked up by the carpool mom in the morning, does she say “Hello?” This might be a good time to point this tip out to her. How about to her teachers when she arrives at school or to the principal as she passes her in the hall? Teach your children to greet people by name and to make eye contact with them instead of looking down or away. Eye contact is easy to teach and you will see immediate results.
Smiles are contagious. Have you noticed? Have you ever walked down the street and unknowingly you are smiling because you are thinking about something funny? As you look up you notice the person coming toward you is smiling. Just put a smile on your face right now and see how it changes your disposition. Communicate this to your children often and practice, practice, practice.
“Pass the potatoes, please.” Please is a magical word and can be used every day. This is another basic to include as soon as your child can speak. The word “please” works both ways.
Thank you is just necessary in life. This is a universal truth. Challenge your children to see how often they can say it every day.
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A Manners To Go Thank You Note
No one is born grateful. Being aware that someone has done something nice for you is not a natural behavior for children…it is learned. When teaching a manners class for children, thank you note writing is always at the top of the list, for many reasons.
Recently, I was quoted in the Dayton Daily News. The article discusses ways to teach gratitude to children. It’s focus is on how to set a gracious example for your kids. Gratitude starts at home. According to the article, “Expressing and fostering a sense of gratitude can be as simple as saying thank you for kind deeds, sharing what the best part of your day was, or encouraging your kids to write and draw in their own gratitude journals. Or it can be as big as volunteering together as a family to help your community or school by donating to a food, toy or clothing drive”.
How to Teach Children to be Grateful
- Model the behavior: Remember your children are watching you. Say “thank you” often to them and to others. Point out why you are saying it.
- Write thank you notes as a family: Make thank you note writing fun. Set aside a time on the weekends. Sit around the kitchen table, put out paper, note cards, colorful pens, glitter, etc and start writing. Make or buy cookies and serve hot chocolate. Encourage your children to be creative.
- Gratitude journal: I keep one as an adult. Buy a journal or staple paper together and have them list everyday five things they are thankful for. Trust me, this is so easy and if nothing else, it will lift your spirit.
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