One often overlooked area of study is manners and etiquette for young people. If you’d like to incorporate this subject into your homeschooling day, check out the curriculum Oops, Your Manners are Showing.
The lessons, written by Peggy Norwood and Jan Stable, are compiled in books for ages 2-3, 4-7, and 8-adult. Teacher’s guides and activity pages are available for each age group as well.
What types of lessons are included? Everything from practicing good table manners to meeting new friends: You’ll find lessons for making introductions, greetings and conversation, answering and talking on the telephone, inviting and welcoming guests, good manners when playing sports or participating in a class, setting the dinner table and dining etiquette, writing thank you notes, and more.
You can use this curriculum at home with your own children, or teach it to a group of children in a co-op class. If you’re not part of a co-op, consider creating your own manners class. Ask around to see if some of your homeschooling friends would also be interested, then choose a date and time to meet. You could meet at a library, in your home, in the home of one of your students, or even alternate meeting places.
While this curriculum is purchased online, you can also find books about manners in your local library. Here are a few of them:
- Social Smarts: Manners for Today’s Kids by Elizabeth James and Carol Barkin
- You’ve Got Manners!: Table Tips from A to Z for Kids of All Ages by Louis Elerding
- Emily Post’s The Guide to Good Manners for Kids and Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids by Cindy Post Senning, Peggy Post, and Steve Bjorkman
- 365 Manners Kids Should Know: Games, Activities, and Other Fun Ways to Help Children Learn Etiquette by Sheryl Eberly
No matter what curriculum or books you choose to use, be sure to make learning good manners a hands-on experience for your children. Not only is it easy and fun to do, but it’s something we can all practice every day.
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Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
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