1. Mannerades-For every two children, write on a 3X5
card a simple situation that requires manners; for example, “You’re
at the library with your cousin, and a friend comes over. What do
you do?” (Introduce them.)
After children arrive, form pairs and give each pair a card. Have
pairs each read their situation aloud. Ask children to guess the
mannerly thing to do. Then have pairs take turns role playing their
2. Love in Action–Say: Today we’re going to talk
about love in action-good manners!
Read aloud Genesis 18:1-8. Say: Hospitality is a form of
manners; it means to make someone comfortable in your house. What
hospitable things did Abraham do? (eagerly greeted them; introduced
himself; offered to wash their feet; let them rest in the shade;
and fed and served them his best food and milk)
Say: When we use good manners we treat people with
3. How Do You Do?-Form a circle and have have kids link
elbows. Choose three children to be outside the circle. Have these
children try to get in the circle while the others try to keep them
out. After five minutes, ask: How did you feel being left
out of the circle? keeping others out of the circle? How do you
feel when people leave you out?
Say: When we don’t introduce new people to each other, we
make them feel left out. Today, we’re going to learn the mannerly
way to introduce others.
Form trios. Have one child at a time practice introducing the other
two children to each other. For example, have kids say: “Sarah,
this is my friend, Bob. Bob, this is Sarah, my next-door
Continue until everyone has been introduced in each trio.
4. Nice to Meet You–Say: Often after meeting
someone new, people say, “Nice to meet you.” Let’s make cards for
the people in our trio to let them know we’re glad to know
Give kids construction paper, glitter glue and markers to make
cards for each other. Then have them present their cards to each
5. Sharing Is Caring-Set out sugar cookie dough and give
each child several Hershey’s Kisses. Have kids unwrap their candies
and wrap cookie dough around them. Place cookie balls on cookie
sheets and bake them.
While cookies are baking, have kids go to another class (clear this
with the teacher ahead of time) and invite the kids for
refreshments. Encourage children to practice good manners by
introducing themselves to their guests.
Close in prayer.
Debbie Trafton O’Neal is a teacher in Washington. She has
worked with children for 15 years.