You know how cheap I am and decorating your classroom is a must for CCD teachers. I found a Good Manners bulletin board online and came up with a homemade version that you can do in your classroom or home for next to nothing.
To cultivate good manners in your classroom or home have the children help you make this bulletin board. Children love seeing their work displayed and this is an excellent way to reinforce good behavior.
*Cut on one edge of green construction in uneven cuts to make grass (the longer the better so it will be floppy and look like long grass). Staple to the bottom of the bulletin board. Make handprint flowers (you can have the students make these flowers using their own handprints) with stems and leaves and position them in varying heights along the grass. Inside the handprint flowers write good manner words and phrases such as: "Please", "May I?", "I'm sorry", "Thank you", "You're welcome" and "Excuse me", etc. Have the students help you come up with more and write on the flowers.
*Tips: You can also use this to introduce the class rules and write some simple ones on the flowers.
As a craft- Your students could make one of the handprint flowers and glue it to construction paper. They can pick out a good manner that they need to work on most and write inside the flower (you can do that for them if necessary). Then they can take the craft home to help them to remember to use their good manners.
Have the students make butterflies and place above the flowers.
Butterfly- A butterfly is made from using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 40).
Plastic Bag Butterfly- Make this butterfly according to the directions or use a painted clothes pin for the body that has googly eyes glued on it. Gather the plastic bag together at the center and slide it between the clamps of the clothes pin. Shape some pipe cleaner into antennae and glue the center of the pipe cleaner between the clamps of the clothespin. You can make this into a magnet by putting a sticky magnet on the back of the clothespin.
Then make a banner on the computer or use a bulletin board letter set saying, “Garden of Good Manners” and/or “How does your garden grow?”.
*This would go great with the following games and lessons:
The Golden Rule- This game helps promote why someone would use proper manners and etiquette in our daily lives.
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