Manners Themes of the Week January 6, 2020

This week's themes are meeting and greeting, School, and (School) Bus. Here are some questions to ask your child.
Ask your child about Meeting and Greeting people!
Ask your child to show you how to meet or greet adults, and look for the three things that we discussed.

1. Make good eye contact.
2. Have a firm handshake.
3. Use a clear and loud enough voice.

• Remind your child to use these skills before you walk into any social situation, where they will have the opportunity to shake hands with people.
• Role-play meeting or greeting people with your child, before they walk into a possible situation where they need to do this.
• Remind your child to always acknowledge adults who they know. They should walk up to the adult, offer to shake hands, and say hello.
• Look for opportunities to reinforce this behavior, such as telling your child to thank a coach after a practice or game, and shake his/her hand.

Ask your child about what it means to have good manners at school, and the following questions!
• Give an example of using a respectful tone.
o Saying “yes,” instead of “yeah.”
• When a teacher asks you to do something, when should you do it?
o Right away.
• Should you do what you want, or what your teacher wants you to do?
o What the teacher wants.
• Why is that?
o For the whole class to have a good day and learn a lot, the teacher has to have all the students follow her rules.

Ask your child the following questions about riding a bus:
• Should you get on the bus, or let people off the bus first?
• Should you have your money or bus pass ready, or dig it out of your pocket after you get on the bus?
On a school bus or field trip bus:
• Should you have an extra quiet voice on a school bus? Why or why not?
• Can you get up anytime and move around?
• Is it okay to shout to your friend across the aisle?
• What should you do if someone is bothering you while on the bus?
o If someone is bothering you, get up and inform the driver when the bus is stopped.