Manners are many times lacking in the block area when four or five children want to use the same truck, car, farm animal, etc. If you have introduced new items to this area, sit with the children who come to the block area today and demonstrate how to use manners and wait their turn without grabbing a toy!
"Joey, may I have a turn when you're done?"
(You may need to watch the clock after this agreement is made. I typically will say something like "That is great sharing, Joey! Okay, Sue, in 5 minutes, Joey's turn will be over and it will be your turn. Then Joey can have another turn!)
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
In advance, trace and cut out some hand shapes from paper. Give one to each child.
Remind them that at circle time, we all want to share ideas but need to take turns. If we all talk at the same time, we won't be able to hear what each person is saying. So, when you want to say something at circle time, please raise your hand and wait for me to call your name.
Let's practice. I'm going to ask a question. When you have an answer, raise your paper hand and wait for me to call your name.
Then ask questions like "What color is this paper?" How old are you?
Have the children act out different scenarios such as:
Two children pretend to bump into each other. Ask the children "What should you say?" (Excuse me, I'm sorry)
One child pretends to sneeze. "What should we do when we sneeze?" (Sneeze into your elbow!) and "What do we say when someone sneezes?" (God bless you).
Use a puppet to act out some situations!
Perhaps your puppet will keep interrupting you when you are trying to talk to the children. Have the children help the puppet learn how to wait his/her turn!
Perhaps your puppet is eating a cracker with its mouth open and it is falling over the floor (teaching chewing with our mouths closed).
Perhaps your puppet sneezes all over you!
Have fun with this! You could do this each day to teach the new "polite" idea of the day!
Please and Thank You Chart
Bring a large piece of chart paper to circle and markers.
Make two columns. Label one "Please" and the other "Thank You".
Ask the children to name times it would be appropriate to say "please" and "thank you" and print their responses on the chart. Reinforce the ideas they come up with throughout the year!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation!
Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Please and Thank You
This is not a cooking idea but a snack time politeness idea! During snack time, remind the children to use what they have learned. Remind them, "When we ask if you would like some (juice, water, etc.) we don't just say "Yeah" or nod our heads. We say "Yes Please" or "No, thank you". And when you are given your snack, you say "Thank You" and I say "You're Welcome!".
Materials: Set up a table with plates, cups, etc. The children can cook for each other using "Please" "Thank You" etc.
Have your dramatic play area/corner set up as a restaurant or cafe. The children take orders, place orders and pretend to be diners as well as serving and ordering food and drinks. (Thank you to Pamela for adding these ideas!)
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