“Young bodies are like tender plants, which grow and become hardened into whatever shape you have trained them.”
Teaching pre-schoolers good manners is one of the most important jobs of their parents and teachers. Preschool age is of great significance in a child’s life as he starts to develop his own social circle, and learns acceptable social behavior.
Parents and caretakers should start teaching manners at a much earlier age, so they can ensure good behavior in kids which on further reinforcement becomes an integral part of their personality.
Basic good manners for kids include politeness, decent behavior, a respectful demeanor, and a good display of etiquette. A child should be taught to put his best behavior forward by showing patience and respect for his peers.
Parents and teachers should teach children to speak politely and respectfully using all the ‘magic words. Basic good manners in pre-schoolers are to learn how to play and participate with their peers by not forgetting to show tolerance and discipline in all their playfulness.
Basic good manners have to be taught both at home and in preschool. A child with good manners should be taught table manners for eating at home or in public.
He should be taught to keep himself clean and help others clean up. As a part of his education in good manners, a child should be reminded to tidy up after himself and to do his chores regularly.
Most importantly, good manners in kids should teach them to take kind consideration the feelings of other little kids around them.
While they start as little words of “Thank You”, “Sorry”, and “Please”, manners actually teach pre-schoolers the integral values of social conduct.
Basic manners of waiting in line, taking turns while playing, and taking into consideration a friend’s feelings teach great values and integrity. Talking politely, addressing respectfully, and maintaining decorum instill good ethics in his personality.
Likewise learning to take care of himself by maintaining hygiene, and displaying good table manners while eating prepares him for social interactions. When a child is taught to tidy up and participate in chores they learn responsibility and skills that are going to stay with them for a lifetime.
A child raised in an environment of acceptance and respect will become a confident, secure person who treats others with respect as well.
– Donna Jones
Raising Kids with Good Manners
Learning good manners is of great importance for a pre-schooler, as these little acts of manners become an integral part of his personality. It equips him with the perfect set of skills required to function as an impeccable social being.
The good manners taught in the early years of his life instill the priceless values of empathy, compassion, and kindness in his personality and he grows up to be a responsible, considerate, and disciplined member of society.
A child who has all these values rooted deeply in his personality grows up to be a successful person in all phases of life.
Preschools can play an important role in teaching manners to kids. There are a lot of activities that preschool teachers can include in their daily routines to help children learn manners in a fun way.
Pretend play is one of the most effective fun ways of teaching kids. Preschool teachers should dedicate a part of the classroom to pretend play. By using DIYs and some props they can create places like restaurants, hospitals, kitchens, or even a classroom.
By modeling good behaviors and manners and then through guided and free play letting kids replicate it, teachers can equip the little ones with the perfect social behavior.
Arts & Crafts
The art station in the classroom should be arranged such that children have to share the supplies with each other. By reminding them to pass things on, wait patiently for their turn, or to help a friend, teachers can teach them the right conduct to show around peers.
At circle time teachers can help pre-schoolers learn manners by singing songs on manners. They can read books on the topic and then repeat and reinforce the ideas to them.
In order for students to learn to respect each other’s sentiments, this fun game can be used to help them identify and label feelings. The game can be downloaded from the internet or teachers can make it themselves.
Teachers can make a task board with pictures of a few chores like clean-up reminders, bell reminders, and number helpers, and put pictures of the pre-schoolers next to their assigned duty. This will help in developing in them a sense of responsibility.
Children learn by repetition, doing the same thing, again and again, helps them understand daily routines. Teachers can make a picture chart of routines for each pre-schooler and ask them to keep a track of their day.
The routines should include acts of good manners like greetings, sharing, and smiling. By using these ways teachers can help pre-schoolers learn good manners in a fun and playful way.
The most important thing that should be kept in mind is that children follow the behaviors as elders model for them. Teachers should display impeccable behavior in order to see their preschool students learning and replicating it.
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