Resources on Courtesy

Resources on Courtesy:

Key:  Level 1:   Pre K – 4th
          Level 2:   5th  – 12th

Level 1:
Manners songs, Poems, and Finger Plays   Arts and Crafts, Games and Activities:

"Crawford the cat, Please and Thank you"   5 min.

Behaving properly - Sing along with Little Mandy  2 min.   This video addresses situations at home and school.  This website has several brief videos/songs on
Please and Thank you, Be Kind to People, Sharing, etc.

Use Polite Words - Animated with sign language   2min 53 sec.

Berenstain Bears, Please and Thank You video   11:31 min.

Sesame Street - Courteous  - The Word on the Street  5:47 min.



Level 1, 2   

"Courtesy - Packages"    44 sec.   Great example of Courtesy

Web Articles:

Level 1,2
"Good Manners" - Women’s and Children’s Health Network -   Discussion points, What good manners looks like at home; Manners at school; When you are out; at the table; on the phone; poem about manners

Level 2
"Courtesy" - Wikipedia Article on Courtesy origins

"Manners Today"   - A list of Good Manners and Common Courtesies plus specifics on Greeting Manners and Eating, Dining Manners, General Manners Today

Level 1,2
Students Learn Respect Thanks to Good Manners ,  Joan Luddy, Education World       Article giving reasons and tips for teaching manners

The Etiquette of Kindness
The Etiquette of Kindness is especially dedicated to kids around the ages of 9-16 who face many questions and deeply personal concerns and fears about fitting in as they move from childhood out into the world as young adults.

The Etiquette of Kindness - It's Not Just About the Right Fork!: Skills and Courtesy for Our Times  - Amazon link

"Good Manners"  - Basic Etiquette, Dining Manners, Phone Etiquette


Level 1  -  Series of Books by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post about good manners featuring Emily   (appropriate for ages 3-5 and 5-8)
Emily’s Everyday Manners  5-8
Emily’s New Friend    5-8
Emily’s Magic Words   3-5
Emily’s Sharing and Caring   3-5
Emily’s Out and About Book    3-5
Emily’s Christmas Gifts    5-8

"Emily's Everyday Manners" by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post
Kids can read along and watch as young Emily and her best friend Ethan ride the school bus, romp on the playground, visit friends, and eat at restaurants—all while having fun and using their best manners.
(appropriate for ages 5-8)

Level 2   "The Guide to Good Manners"  by Cindy Post Senning, Peggy Post- (appropriate for ages 8-12)
a reference guide that children will use and parents can trust. It covers just about every situation a kid will face:

  1. writing thank-you notes
  2. attending after-school events
  3. using the Internet safely
  4. speaking (politely) on cell phones
  5. participating in weddings
  6. helping out at home

"Teen Manners - From Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond" by Cindy Post Senning, Peggy Post ( appropriate for age 13-18)
Cindy and Peggy reinforce the message of personal choice throughout
Teen Manners to emphasize that teens can manage social interactions to their advantage. They show teens how manners smooth the way and that one of life’s most valuable tools is really all about honesty, respect, and consideration—values that benefit everyone everyday.

"Prom and Party Etiquette" by Cindy Post Senning, Peggy Post
This book looks at all the special events that come up during the high school years.

"How Rude!: The Teenager's Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out"  by Alex J. Packer, Pamela Espeland, Jeff Tolbert
Here's an etiquette book that teens will want to read-because it keeps them laughing, doesn't preach, and deals with issues that matter to them, as teens themselves reported in a nationwide survey.


"The Gift of Good Manners"
A Parent's Guide to Raising Respectful, Kind, Considerate Children
By Cindy Post Senning, Peggy Post