Pardon, Please, Thank You, You’re Welcome and Excuse Me
Everyday Manners Charts for Children (and Adults !)
One of my pet ‘dislikes’ is hearing the word ‘WHAT’ spoken instead of ‘PARDON’.
In fact, I think I will place a ‘what’ jar in my kitchen for my kiddies to place one of their coins in every time they say ‘what’. I would be rich !! and because it annoys me so much – I am sure my children take great delight in emphasizing its use – with a loud and bold ‘WHAAAAAAAT’! – you know the one that sounds like some kind of rabid wild animal calling to its pack!
It just does something to me – and I find myself yelling calling back with the same rabid approach ‘PARDON’ ‘PARDON’ ‘PARDON’ X 4 or 5 or 10 (depending on how ‘muffed’ I am).
It got me thinking about the 5 manners words/phrases that really should be automatic – Pardon, Please, Thank You, You’re Welcome and Excuse Me. Politeness shows respect for others as well as ourselves!
How to use this teaching resource
Brainstorm as a class and make a list of general good manners to display around these charts.
Role play and practise situations which would call for using these manners words.
Discuss how these small manner words can make the person you are communicating with feel respected, appreciated and acknowledged, and using these words also allows you to feel ‘good’ and respectful of yourself.
Great chart for reference when using the dreaded YOU ARE / YOU’RE instead of YOUR (another pet peeve !)