As your child grows, there are many things that you want to teach them — reading, sharing, playing nicely, and so much more. Many of the things you hope they learn include good manners and behaviors. With that in mind, we’ll take a look at some of the basic manners that every preschool child should learn.

At Adventures in Learning in Tustin, we strive to partner with parents by modeling the same behaviors and manners in the classroom that you try to teach at home. We know that the more a child is surrounded by good examples, the more likely they are to emulate the behavior they see. If you’re interested in learning more about our preschool and transitional-K classrooms, please contact us today and schedule a free tour of our early childhood education facilities.

Polite Language

Some of the most common phrases and words included in polite language that children should use on a regular basis include: please, thank you, you’re welcome, and excuse me. One of the best ways to ensure that they use these is to make sure that they hear you use these words and phrases. Remember, they will need quite a bit of gentle reminding until it becomes a well-formed habit. When you hear them use polite language, be sure to praise them. Positive feedback is a powerful motivator for most children. Between hearing you use polite language, receiving gentle reminders, and getting positive feedback, they will quickly add these phrases to their vocabulary.

Practice Proper Greetings

When most young children are introduced to someone new, they tend to be shy and prefer to avoid any form of visual or verbal communication. With that in mind, it’s important to teach your little one how to look people in the eye, face them directly, and shake their hand when meeting them. A great way to teach them this behavior is to role play. Not only will your child have fun pretending to “meet” you, but they’ll also learn the behaviors in a comfortable environment. By practicing proper greetings with you, your child will develop the confidence they need when meeting someone new.

Practice Patience

Patience is difficult for almost all children. When they have a thought or a question, they want to share it with you immediately no matter what you may be doing. Learning to have patience and not interrupt is an important life skill to learn. One way you can help your child learn to be more patient is to designate an object as a visual cue. For example, choose a special toy or stick that is the “talking stick,” and let them know that when you hand it to them, it is their turn to talk.

Table Manners

When children first learn to eat, there is almost no end to the mess they can create on their plate, their face, their hands, pretty much everything at the dinner table. As your child grows up, however, you want to be sure to teach them good table manners. Children as young as three years old can begin to learn proper behavior during meal times. Instead of being overwhelmed thinking about all of the table manners you need to teach, start with the basics:

  • Wash your hands before meal time
  • Put your napkin on your lap
  • Don’t talk with food in your mouth
  • Use please and thank you
  • Clear your dishes from the table

Early Childhood Education

Perhaps the most important thing to remember as you teach your child good manners is to be patient with yourself and consistent with your behavior and expectations. There may be days where you feel like all your teaching has gone out the window, but if you focus on consistent teaching through your words and behavior, they will learn to use good manners on a regular basis. If you’re looking for an early childhood education facility that will reinforce your parenting in the classroom, contact Adventures in Learning in Tustin today and schedule a free tour.