Good manners can help children with the transition into school where they can often find themselves one of thirty other new children in the class. Patience can be a challenge for many and often results in the teacher being patted and tapped by persistent little hands as they all demand an immediate response! Polite behaviour can help children form friendships and avoid conflict and therefore can help their social development.
Pre-school training early is the key - by starting with the basics we can even encourage and teach toddlers to use simple manners such as saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. As they grow up help them to understand it’s not okay to interrupt but then ensuring that you follow up by thanking them for their patience and rewarding them with your undivided attention will really help. By teaching them to say ‘excuse me’, share and not interrupt reminds them that other people matter and deserve respect.
Another great way to draw their attention to their behaviour is to make them aware of others showing good manners, people they can identify with and copy – after all kids love to imitate, especially their mum and dad.
This is just one of many little things you can practice with your child to help them to get the most out of their first few months at school. We’re in no doubt that a little bit of pre-school training early on can really help them to feel a lot happier and more confident in their new school environment.