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Thank You

Purpose

Direct: Teaching the children grace and courtesy in the classroom.
 
Indirect:  To have the children use “thank you” with others.

Points of Interests
Looking in each other’s eyes as they are saying “thank you”.

Age
2 1/2 – 3 1/2

Material

A Flower vase

Presentation

Introduction

Ask an older child to help you show the younger children how we use the words “thank you”.  Let the child know briefly how you plan on showing the lesson. Take a light easy vase of flowers (easy to carry) and invite 3-4 children to come participate in your lesson by telling them you have something to show them. Show each child where exactly to sit. Have the older child sit down as well. Once the children are seated, you sit so that you can see them all, they all can see you, and yet you are not in front of them.

Preparation

  1. Tell the children that when someone gives us something or does something nice for us, we say “thank you”.
  2. Tell them that you are all going to practice saying thank you.

Presentation

  1. Sit on your knees and look the older child straight in the eyes.
  2. Extend the vase to the older child.
  3. The older child should respond with, “Thank you, Tania”.
  4. The older child should then extend the vase back to you.
  5. You respond with, “Thank you,  (child’s name)”.
  6. Look another child straight in the eyes and extend the vase to him.
  7. The child should respond with, “Thank you, Tania”.
  8. Extend your hands and have the child offer you the vase back.
  9. You respond with, “Thank you,  (child’s name)”.
  10. Look another child straight in the eyes and extend the vase to him.
  11. The child should respond with, “Thank you, Tania”.
  12. Indicate to the child that he can now offer the vase to any other child.
  13. Repeat this until every child has been thanked and has thanked someone. (You should end up with the vase.)

Conclusion

Tell the children that this is how we say “thank you”. Tell the children that they can now say thank you to each other when someone gives them something or does something nice for them.

Excuse them one at a time, making sure each child has thought of what he would like to de next.

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