Thank you for following along here in the 365 Days of Children’s Books series! We’re on Day 18 today!
Today’s book is admittedly a little different than what I would normally post in the 365 Days of Children’s Books series. However, it is one that we have used on and off for years!
My children and I always start our day by studying the Bible, and then we do just one more thing. We don’t have huge elaborate Morning Time or Circle Time or Power Hour or whatever the current popular term might be. We always do the Bible plus one.
Off and on through the years, our plus one has included this lovely Pepto-Bismol pink book!
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Manners Made Easy for the Family
Author: June Hines Moore
Illustrator: Abe Goolsby
I can’t quite recall where I heard about this delightful little book many years ago. I feel like I read about it over at Tricia’s Hodgepodge, but I couldn’t quite locate the post. Regardless, Manners Made Easy for the Family has been a fun, sometimes laugh-out-loud resource for my kiddos.
The subtitle of Manners Made Easy for the Family is 365 Timeless Etiquette Tips for Every Occasion, and they do mean every occasion! Some of their topics made us all snicker, such as taking out your retainer before sitting to the table for a meal. (Ick.) Another interesting topic is the ‘right’ way to sneeze in public.
Those types of quirky manners suggestions usually led to hilarious demonstrations!
There are more ‘normal’ tips that teach how to shake hands appropriately, or how to stop the bad habit of interrupting.
This book is a bit too old for Preschoolers and young Kindergartners, simply because the suggestions aren’t yet age appropriate. It’s probably a good fit from First Grade on up into high school!
Each day features the tip, a suggestion to practice, and an applicable saying at the bottom of the page. This is an easy 2-5 minute to make the plus one after your Bible time in the morning.
Note: This is a difficult book to find, and I do believe it is out of print. Try looking on Ebay or ThriftBooks for a used copy. You’ll be glad you took the effort to track it down.
Learning Ideas for Manners Made Easy for the Family
— Do just as our family did and read one of these tips just after your Bible time in the morning.
— If you have an evening time of family Bible reading, read one after your evening prayer.
— Do you have one of those neat kitchen chalk boards? Have one of your children write the day’s tip and re-read it throughout the day.
— Use the tip as your child’s handwriting practice for the day. Print or cursive!
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