Our classes are not stuffy, note-taking sessions. The kids are out of their seats alot and acting, playing, speaking, singing, etc. Your instructors are actors at heart, fun-loving and prepared to behave in a silly way which the kids enjoy!
Being comfortable in various social situations can ease the fear or awkwardness a child may feel. Lessons include:
- Welcoming Behaviors (the 6 Musts when Meeting Someone)
- The Importance of Eye Contact
- Shaking Hands
- Introducing Oneself
- Responding When Introduced
- Introducing Others
- Showing Proper Respect
- Common Courtesies (Sharing, Including Others, Waiting Your Turn, Being On Time, Patience, Listening, many more)
- Using Appropriate Language in Social Settings
- Helping Behaviors
- Avoiding Rude Behaviors (Interrupting, Littering, Belittling Others, Wasting, Whispering, Bragging, Eye Rolling, many more)
- Behavior for Public Places (Theater, Museum, Workplace, etc.)
- Using Escalators, Elevators, and Doors
- Behaving as a Good Host and Guest
- Image and Clothing (Different Styles of Attire; What's Inappropriate; Being a Leader not a Follower)
- Anti-Bullying Reinforcement
Knowing how to communicate properly builds self-esteem and leadership ability. Lessons include:
- Proper Greetings and Introductions
- Conversation/"Ice Breakers"
- Being a Great Listener
- Body Language/Nonverbal Communication
- Public Speaking and Use of Visual Aids
- Telephone Etiquette
- Importance of an RSVP
- Acts of Kindness and Respect
- The Use of Please, Thank You, Excuse Me, I'm Sorry
- Thank You Notes
- Gracious Gift Receiving
- Meeting Persons with Disabilities
- Compliments - Giving and Receiving
- Being Interviewed
- Electronic Etiquette (including texting, internet and cell phone use)
It is important for children to learn dining skills so they can be comfortable in any dining situation, whether at home, a friend’s house, a future job interview, or even the White House! Lessons include:
*A three-course meal will usually be served!
- Place Settings (different depending on occasion)
- Identifying Utensils, Glassware, Bowls, and Plates
- Proper Use of Napkins
- Selecting the Correct Utensils
- Styles of Dining: American, Continental, Family, Buffet
- Eating Various Foods: Bread, Soup, Dessert
- Difficult to Eat/"Yucky" Foods
- Behavior at the Table
- Entering and Exiting; Proper Seating
- Handling Accidents
- Posture and Conversation
- Ordering Politely at a Restaurant
- Resting/Finishing Position of Utensils
- Being a Good Guest at a Dinner Party
We practice all we have learned through interactive role-playing, games, songs and crafts as time permits. And our friend, Miss Mistake™, visits to show us her poor manners by doing all the wrong things. We will learn, from Miss Mistake™, what not to do and we can help her do it right!
Girl Scout and Brownie Troops ~ did you know there are badges for "Making Friends," being a "Social Butterfly," and "Netiquette" (electronic etiquette)?
Cub Scouts ~ Manners Badge
Boy Scouts ~ Communications, Disability Awareness and Public Speaking merits. We can help you fulfill the requirements in a fun way!
"Good Manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup."
~Bennett Cerf (publisher and co-founder of Random House Publishing)