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6 Delightful Storybooks on Manners to Read to Your PreschoolerDoes your preschooler need some lessons on being nice? Easy does it with these stories on manners.by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Parents are their children's first teacher. As kids, it is at home that we spoke our first words and learned to count. The first song we hummed was the lullaby our moms sang, and we also learned our first antics as kids at home.
As parents, we sometimes forget that we also teach our kids a subliminal lesson in our day-to-day interaction with our them: being well-mannered individuals. We not only teach them what to say—we also illustrate how to say it nicely. We not only teach a song, we show them how to sing it with grace. We not only teach them "Please" and "Thank you," we demonstrate how to do it sincerely by example. The world is so much better because of parents who teach their kids good manners.
If you need help instructing your children in that department, here are a few stories that would be lovely to read with them.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
1. Ang Kapuri-puring Kuting
Written by Eugene Y. Evasco / Illustrated by Dominic Agsaway
Kittens are an adorable bunch, and if they could talk, they would probably be very polite. The central character in this book is a kitten who particularly knows how to say "Thank you," and greets everybody. She's a perfect example on how to be nice to others and how to control one's temper. It's an easy read for reading beginners.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
2. Madeline says Merci
Written by John Bemelmans Marciano
"It all comes down to being kind," this well-loved character from Paris reminds us. Madeline teaches kids like her how to be polite at all times, whether you're talking to humans or pets. She also highlights the importance of showing appreciation for people, or saying sorry if you accidentally hurt them. With the help of Miss Clavel and the rest of the girls, Madeline teaches—with a little dose of humor—important values like kindness a little lady must have.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
3. Grover's Guide to Good Manners
Written by Constance Allen
If you have a little one who loves Sesame Street, then Grover might be the best puppet to teach him manners. In his usual charming way, Grover shows how one should act in different social situations, and gives examples on how to use lines such as, "May I be excused?" or "Would you like to sit down?" which young minds will find easy to emulate.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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4. Salamat Po
Written by Russell Molina / Illustrated by Tokwa S. PeñafloridaOne gets better with repetition, and this is true especially when teaching good manners. In this book, the little child learns how to be grateful for the blessings that come his way by saying "Salamat po". Gratitude sounds so much better when spoken from the heart.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
5. The Berenstain Bears Forget their Manners
Written by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Losing one's manners can happen almost unnoticed, Mama Bear now knows. One time you just forget to say "Thank you." Another time, there might be a little push without an "Excuse me." This went on until she's had enough, so one day Mama Bear put together a "politeness plan" for the whole family. But guess who had the hardest time complying?ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
6. Say the Magic Word
Written by Marc Brown
This interactive book makes learning manners fun! With its design, it will be easy to coax the little one into saying "Please" and "Thank you". Beautiful illustrations will keep your child engaged!