Storytime Theme: Using Our Manners

 

Next week is Thanksgiving! I talked to the children about how this is the time of year we all get together to have a giant meal and see family.  And that this is also the time of year we start hearing our parents say things like, “Don’t chew with your mouth open!”/ “Don’t sit like that!”/ “Don’t stare!”/”Don’t pick your nose at the dinner table!”  So, to help them out during this difficult time, we read books that had to do with using our manners! *wink*

Books:

  • Oops! Sorry! by Richard Morgan
  • Nobunny’s Perfect by Anna Dewdney (This book lets kids know manners are a work in progress.)
  • Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur by Judy Sierra (This is a social story that lets kids practice proper social cues disguised as a child talking with a dinosaur.)
  • No Slurping, No Burping by Lorelay Bove (The kids liked this one because the Dad is the trouble maker and not the child!)
  • No Biting, Louise by Margie Palatini (Louise loves to nibble on everything, but finally gets the picture that isn’t a good thing to do.)

Activity:

The Manners Turkey:  Since there is no Storytime next week, we had to squeeze a turkey craft in this week.  I used clip art of a turkey with no tail feathers.  I scored a line around each turkey’s head so that our “manners” feathers could be slid behind his head.  Next, I made a bunch of tail feathers using Publisher.  For the younger kids I went ahead and typed out some good manner reminders.  For the older kids, I left a blank space.  This allowed the child and parent to discuss with each other and collaborate on what manners they wanted to list.

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Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                              

 

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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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