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Why Is Teaching Manners To Preschoolers So Important? (& How To Get Started)

Why Is Teaching Manners To Preschoolers So Important? (& How To Get Started)

Manners should be a fundamental step in every child’s learning. It’s never too early to start learning manners! Teaching manners to preschoolers is powerful for parents and children alike! It helps children navigate their own social world and grow into healthy, happy adolescents and adults. 

Without proper manners knowledge, children can find themselves isolated from others. Not knowing how to act or communicate can cause separation. This could hinder their social and work lives as they grow older. 

Why Is Teaching Manners To Preschoolers Important? 

Why should you worry about teaching manners to preschoolers? 

The reasons are endless. But learning manners is a very important stage in childhood. As a preschool educator, you understand how crucial preschool is for students’ development. 

Children learn necessary skills at a young age so that they can continue to grow those skills as they age. If they don’t have the opportunity to process those skills, they could be missing out on key lessons that they’ll need later in life. 

Teaching your students how to behave appropriately in a classroom helps transfer those skills to real-life (outside the classroom). Students need to learn good manners and social skills at a young age. This can help them grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults. 

Your job is to help them navigate the new world of manners. By showing them appropriate actions and words for situations, you’re setting a positive example for their future. 

Related: Why Teaching Patience to Preschoolers Is So Important (& How To Do It)

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Learning Good Manners Makes Life Easier and More Fun For Preschoolers

Teaching manners to preschoolers can be fun for them. And as their educator, you should make every opportunity a fun, learning one! 

Children are eager to learn. They like to copy the actions of adults because they are naturally curious. It’s your job to take that curiosity they have and redirect it to learning manners. 

What are manners for preschoolers? 

Basic manners start with greetings and how to introduce themselves. Preschoolers are at the age where they are learning how to interact. They want to make friends. By teaching them how to politely greet one another, you’re introducing a new, engaging way for them to communicate.

Respect is another big lesson that children learn at a young age. They should all learn to treat others the same way they would like to be treated. With a basic understanding of respect, children are more open to learning how to gain and show that respect. 

You then have the opportunity to talk about the magic words, like please and thank you. You can also talk about the process of actively listening when someone is talking to them. 

Teaching Manners To Preschoolers Makes Them More Polite and Well-Rounded

No one wants to deal with rude children. As a preschool educator, you deal with the trial and error of child behavior. But it doesn’t have to mean dealing with impolite behavior 24/7. 

By giving lessons on manners, students have the opportunity to change their behavior. Many children act out in inappropriate ways because they don’t know how to communicate or show their feelings. 

You can set a polite and appropriate example for them! Teaching manners to preschoolers gives them the resources they need to effectively (and graciously) communicate their feelings. 

When children learn the cordial ways to interact with others, they are more likely to grow into considerate adults. As polite adults, they’ll be more well-rounded…which can open up many opportunities for their social and work life. 

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You’ll Give Your Students A Number Of Incredible Benefits

The best thing about teaching manners to preschoolers is that there isn’t only one benefit. As a preschool educator, you have so many opportunities to teach children so many different lessons. They have more of an opportunity to soak in all of the benefits of good manners. 

Here are some qualities you can expect your students to exhibit when you teach good manners in your preschool classroom: 

  • Increased sense of self-confidence 
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Empathy for others around them
  • Understanding etiquette and social skills in the classroom. 
  • Pride in showing their parents what they have learned 
  • Improved manners in everyday life 

Related: How Does a Manners Curriculum Benefit a Classroom?

How To Start Teaching Manners To Preschoolers In Your Classroom

I often hear from preschool teachers about how easy it is to teach manners in the classroom. For some, the process comes naturally. For others, it never hurts to be reminded of ways that you can start teaching manners to preschoolers in your classroom. 

The first thing to remember is that eyes are always on you. 

As the teacher of the class (and the only adult), your students are always going to be looking at you as the model. That’s why it is so important for you to set a good example. Show them what is possible to achieve with good manners. 

If you demonstrate kindness and respect to others around you, your students are going to pick up on it. When you act with kindness and respect, don’t be afraid to point it out. By explaining to your students what you’re doing, you can walk them through the process. As a result, it will be easier for them to transfer it into their own behavior. 

Emphasize the fun of manners! Teaching polite words and actions doesn’t have to be boring. You can create engaging activities that will make students excited to learn manners. Remember, if they see it as a chore, they’ll be less likely to use the manners you teach. 

Feel free to contact us to ask questions about teaching or to share your experience.

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Manners To Go Makes This Process Easier Than Ever

With the Manners To Go Preschool curriculum, teaching manners in your classroom has never been easier. Our materials allow the process of learning to be fun and easy. 

The beautifully illustrated images help children of all ages connect to manners. Activities, like role-playing, help spark creativity and actually make a difference. 

Our lesson plans are flexible. With 10-, 20-, or 30-minute sessions, they can fit into any part of your day. Our curriculum is a great way to immerse your child in the world of manners. 


Teaching manners to preschoolers is key in setting up their foundation. Establishing appropriate behaviors and a polite attitude can be simple and engaging. Not to mention, it will help the children grow into gracious adults! 

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Here Are Your Next Steps

Step 1

Get to Know Manners To Go™

Most likely, you will want to get to know us. Feel free to call or email us. Click on the links below. We are happy to discuss the details with you.

Step 2

Decide on the best training option for you

We offer two trainings to become certified to teach manners to children:

Professional Consultant Certification - Live video training

Option #1:

“Live” Video Training

If you are looking to start immediately and save money on travel and time, then this is your best option.You choose the dates of our trainings. Most choose to have their sessions once a week, others twice. This is a “live” and private training. It is NOT self-guided.

2 Day Etiquette Certificate Training

Option #2:

Two-Day In-Person

PRIVATE Training.  That’s right, we meet in person, the two of us and our focus is completely on your business.  Click the image above or follow the button below to learn more and to see a list of cities available for your training.

Step 3

Receive the curriculum and book your training dates

Upon payment, you receive the curriculum. Next, we will send an email asking you to schedule your first training date.

Manners To Go Lesson Plans for Teachers

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Free Virtual Afternoon Tea Instruction

Free Virtual Afternoon Tea Instruction

As an educator, you may use this information in your classroom or enjoy this event with your own family.

During this afternoon tea instruction you will learn:

The history of tea

How to hold a teacup (you might be surprised)

How to eat a scone (hint, not as if you were eating a sandwich)

Milk in first or last

How to stir (this might surprise you too)

How to set a “tea” table

Napkin etiquette

And so much more

DATES: Thursday, May 6 | 4:00 pm EDT

Saturday, May 8 | 4:00 pm EDT

This event is complimentary. We so appreciate your support over the years.

HERE ARE YOUR NEXT STEPS TO ATTEND THIS VIRTUAL EVENT

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  3. Invite family and friends
  4. Once we receive your name and email, a follow-up Zoom link will be sent
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Why Teaching Patience to Preschoolers Is So Important (& How To Do It)

Why Teaching Patience to Preschoolers Is So Important (& How To Do It)

Patience is a skill that brings lifelong benefits. A patient person will have advantages in many situations, so it’s important to instill at a young age! Teaching patience to preschoolers may seem overwhelming at first, but with the right strategies, it’s a breeze.

Why Is Teaching Patience to Preschoolers Important? 

Teaching patience to preschoolers is an important part of their learning to become a harmonious member of society.

Think of patience as the ability to tolerate delays or waiting without becoming upset. This is just as essential a skill for preschoolers as it is for adults. 

How many tantrums come around because young children are asked to delay gratification in some form or another? As a parent, the chance of getting frustrated with your children is significantly smaller when they practice patience.

Teaching patience to preschoolers gives them a skill they will use for the rest of their lives. An impatient person will struggle at school, in their personal lives, and even in their professional lives later.

Patient children have the tools to excel in the classroom and the eventual workplace. A child who knows how to be patient contributes to a calmer classroom environment. 

Plus, they’re better prepared for the jump to kindergarten!

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Easy Tips for Effectively Teaching Patience to Preschoolers

Teaching patience to preschoolers may not seem like the easiest task at first. It may even seem impossible. 

But having the right strategies will help you do this without stress! 

The more your students learn from you, the better behaved they will be going forward.

Create a Positive Learning Environment

When you are teaching patience to preschoolers, focus on tiny elements to build a positive learning environment for the best results.

Those tiny elements can start as creating tiny habits around patience. Practicing those habits every day will cement them into lifelong coping skills.

One of the best ways to teach patience is to model it. You must be patient yourself! 

Take advantage of opportunities to exemplify patience in the classroom. This will make your classroom a positive learning environment. When learning is a positive experience, your students will feel heard, acknowledged, and safe.

Here are some specific ways you can make teaching patience to preschoolers a positive experience.

Get on Their Level

Interact directly with the children you’re teaching. Kneel down and make eye contact. 

Let your students know that you get it! You know what they’re learning is tough, but you also know that they can do this.  

Make It Fun

Kids love to have fun! You can use this to your advantage when you’re teaching preschoolers patience. 

Entice them with activities they enjoy. You can even include games and toys to help the lessons stick. 

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Offer Choices

Preschoolers desire agency just like adults do.

By giving them options, you’re acknowledging their need to feel like they have some control. Choosing between two activities will keep them more engaged in what they’re doing.

Encourage Participation

When children are struggling with impatience, encourage them to participate in activities. 

For example, if they’re impatient while waiting for a snack, you could let them pass out napkins. They stay busy and engaged instead of stressing about the wait!

Model Patience In The Classroom Whenever Possible (& Acknowledge It!)

When you’re teaching patience, you have to model patience! Seek opportunities to discuss, acknowledge, and show patience to your students.

When you’re teaching patience to preschoolers, you’ll have to practice patience plenty yourself. Use it as a teachable moment. 

If you’re being patient, draw your students’ attention to it. Tell them how you are coping with the situation. They’re watching and learning from you!

Acknowledging student success is a critical part of making learning stick. 

When children demonstrate patience in everyday encounters, praise them! When they’re struggling, be compassionate. Waiting isn’t fun for anyone, let alone toddlers!

If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few creative ways to model patience in the classroom.

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Practice Gratitude In The Classroom

Add gratitude practices to your daily activity list. 

Let every student share something they’re grateful for. This could be something like a new toy, a sunny day, or a friend. 

Teach your preschoolers to especially focus on gratitude when they are waiting for something.

Practice Waiting Behaviors

The way we behave when we’re waiting for something matters. It sends a message. 

Have your students practice waiting behaviors regularly! 

Maybe they smile, maybe they count. Or maybe they need a unique strategy. This is where you can creatively help students work through challenges! 


Teaching patience to preschoolers has tremendous benefits for both the students and their teacher! Socializing will be so much smoother. 

Plus, children who understand how to practice patience are a joy to teach. They are more responsive and less prone to outbursts. 

With these strategies, and a little patience yourself, teaching patience to preschoolers is easy!

Here is a FREE Guide to Help YOU Start a Business Teaching Manners to Children

CLICK THE IMAGE TO GET THE DOWNLOAD RIGHT NOW

6 Things Needed to start an etiquette business
   

Here Are Your Next Steps

Step 1

Get to Know Manners To Go™

Most likely, you will want to get to know us. Feel free to call or email us. Click on the links below. We are happy to discuss the details with you.

Step 2

Decide on the best training option for you

We offer two trainings to become certified to teach manners to children:

Professional Consultant Certification - Live video training

Option #1:

“Live” Video Training

If you are looking to start immediately and save money on travel and time, then this is your best option.You choose the dates of our trainings. Most choose to have their sessions once a week, others twice. This is a “live” and private training. It is NOT self-guided.

2 Day Etiquette Certificate Training

Option #2:

Two-Day In-Person

PRIVATE Training.  That’s right, we meet in person, the two of us and our focus is completely on your business.  Click the image above or follow the button below to learn more and to see a list of cities available for your training.

Step 3

Receive the curriculum and book your training dates

Upon payment, you receive the curriculum. Next, we will send an email asking you to schedule your first training date.

Manners To Go Lesson Plans for Teachers

Join the
Manners To Go™ movement with Lisa Richey.

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Teach Manners in the Classroom

Teach Manners in the Classroom

My heart goes out to children.  I often wonder what is happening to their ability to connect.  

What is it like for them to build relationships with their friends at the moment? How about with other adults outside of their parents?

Many children have dealt with this for years as we have become so accustomed to our lives orbiting around our digital devices.

What is in store for this generation that has been robbed of social interactions now for almost a year and tied to devices to make somewhat of a human connection?

I do know this- we can help them. 

Parents Need Teachers to Help Them Teach Children about Kindness, Respect, Good Manners and Confidence

Over the years as I have worked with parents, I often hear the comment “they will listen to you more than me”- meaning, when teaching manners, children listen to a third party.  For some reason this is the way of the world.

How and Where Can You Teach Manners to Children Right Now in 2021?

Finding moments or dedicated time to teach manners in your classroom is actually very easy.  Most likely you are using good social skills all day every day in the classroom (virtual or in-person).

Manners and Life Skills such as:

Eye contact: When using eye contact, point out what you are doing.  As students use good eye contact, let them know you noticed.

Respect: Point out respectful behaviors as you see certain actions (helping others, expressing gratitude, holding the door, saying “good morning”)

Conversation skills: We have multiple conversations a day.  Recognize students when they engage with each other. Conversation skills are becoming a lost art.  This skill is the cornerstone of building friendships.

There has been a focus at the school level in many states to focus on the whole child.  

You Can Call this Type of Manners Curriculum and Lesson:

Life Skills

Character Building

SEL | Social Emotional Learning 

We are here to help you.

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Teachers love using our lesson plans to teach manners in their classroom.  The lesson plan objective along with suggested dialogues and handouts are included.

We make it easy for you.

You will not disappointed and we promise the manners lesson plans and curriculum will make a difference in your classroom.

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NEW Parenting Manners Book: An Interview with the Authors

New Parenting Book on Manners: An Interview with the Authors

A new book, Modern Manners for Moms and Dads: Practical Parenting Solutions for Sticky Social Situations is being released this week.  This is a must read for parents and teachers.

I am thrilled I had the chance to interview them yesterday.  They are smart and savvy moms that share real-life experiences in their new book.

This is not your grandmother’s parenting book. Their book deals with issues on guiding young children in today’s hectic and ever-changing world.

From birthday parties to how to ask children if it is ok to post their pictures on your social media, all the questions you ponder as a parent or teacher are answered.

And some of their answers may surprise you.

Take time to make a latte or a cup of tea and enjoy as I interview them about all things sticky when out and about in your daily life with young children.

Yes, we get a bit nerdy about social skills but I promise you will learn so much that you can share with children, spouses and other teachers.

Here is a link to the videos, Part 1

A link to Part 2:

To purchase a copy of the book and to visit Evie and Sarah’s website, click here Modern Manners for Moms and Dads: Practical Parenting Solutions for Sticky Social Situations.

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10 Tips to Teach Manners in Your Classroom

10 Tips to Teach Manners in Your Classroom

10 Tips to Teach Manners in Your Classroom

Life Skills | Manners | Character Education | Social Emotional Learning      

10 Tips to Teach Manners in Your Classroom:

Eye Contact

It is amazing what happens when you bring this to a child’s attention. Eye contact is the basis for feeling and showing that you are confident.

Handshakes

What a great way to start the day.  Greet your students every morning or end the day with a handshake

Lesson plan introductions

Introductions

The best way to teach about introductions, is to organize a role-playing activity for your students. They can pretend they have never met each other. Teach them to say “hello, my name is”.

Posture

Sit up straight.  Stand up straight.  Having good posture shows that you are confident and interested.

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How to Hold a Fork

Holding a fork correctly is important and shows that we have good table manners.

Napkin in Your Lap

Teach your students to put the napkin in the their lap during recess or lunch.

Conversation Skills

Do your students know how to start or carry on a conversation with each other or with someone they don’t know?

Be Fully Present | Put Down the Phone or Device

Isn’t it a beautiful gift when someone pays attention to what you are saying and shows they are interested?

What does respect look like?

Deference | Respect

Allowing someone to go first or opening the door.  This is deference.  This is respect. Model this in your classroom.

Greetings

Say good morning or good bye to your students or co-workers

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Good Manners Set the Stage for Future Success

As an educator, you know how important social skills are for a child’s success. Children who are polite, well spoken, and attentive to others find it easier to get along with their peers and make a positive impression on the adults in their lives.
As a result, more opportunities come their way, laying the foundation for future success in life.

Yet too many children are not being taught proper manners or other valuable social skills at home. Which means it’s up to us as educators to equip them with these important life tools – and help them grow up to be responsible, caring, successful global citizens.

Now you can help students improve their behavior in as little as 10 minutes a day… a week… or month.

Preschool | Elementary | Middle School | High School

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About Manners To Go

Most likely we already share something in common. We believe that teaching children manners, character and social emotional skills are very important.

Manners To Go™ is a full-service company for those choosing to teach manners to children. You can make a difference. All children and teenagers deserve to feel what it is like to be confident, and use good manners out in the world.

Manners To Go™ is taught in public, private and charter schools around the world. The New York Times, Parents Magazine and Fox News have all featured Manners To Go and the many benefits of teaching social skills to children.

Whether you are an educator who wants to teach it in the classroom or someone who is looking to become trained and certified, we provide all the solutions.

My name is Lisa Richey, and I am the founder of Manners To Go™ . This brand has given me the honor of teaching manners to thousands of people around the world. The journey has taken me from Portland, Oregon to the Middle East. I believe that manners are not about judgment or rules. Manners are about self-interest. It really is about how using good manners makes you feel on the inside.

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