The Socialization Years
These are truly amazing years. Kids not only develop physical coordination and intellectual skills, they develop socialization skills. They establish close relationships with teachers and coaches – adults other than their parents. Participation in team sports helps them learn to get along with kids who are not necessarily close friends. But it is those close friendships that begin during these years that are the training ground for socialization skills that will last them a lifetime.
Your kids will be learning many different manners associated with eating, communicating, entertaining, or making friends. This is the time you can focus on some of the three principles that are fundamental to good etiquette: respect, consideration, and honesty. Good manners have greater meaning when they are presented in the context of these essential principles. Greeting someone with a smile and a handshake is how we show respect. Helping a classmate with a heavy load of books is considerate and creates good feelings. An honest response builds strong relationships while dishonesty or deceit breaks them down.
Cindy and Peggy’s Books
Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post’s book Emily’s Everyday Manners is just right for the early readers in this age group. On their own they can read about manners and the principles that they can use everyday to build and strengthen relationships.
As kids improve in their reading skills, they are ready for Cindy and Peggy’s The Guide to Good Manners for Kids. It presents all the manners kids should learn in detail, explains why they are important, and uses examples that come from kids’ experiences.
In Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids, Cindy and Peggy present this special set of manners in an entertaining book. In addition to the familiar table manners—napkins in laps, chew with your mouth closed, don’t blow your nose in your napkin—they introduce table manners at school, the idea of meals as social events, being a good host, and special meals. Steve Bjorkman’s pen and ink drawings add humor to Cindy and Peggy’s fun narrative, making this a book kids of all ages will enjoy.