Excerpt: by June Moore
“Manners were God’s idea first. He gave us the Golden Rule in Matthew 7:12: Do to others what you would have them do to you. Jesus set the perfect example for us when He washed the disciples’ feet in John 3:3-5. He was Christ the King, but He humbled himself to serve others.
In Deuteronomy 32:46-47, we are commanded to teach our children the do’s and don’ts of proper conduct. The first and best way to do that is by being good role models. Our children will imitate us whether our actions are good or bad. As parents we should model good behavior by doing kind things for others.
Scripture also tells us “To train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Social skills learned at home can produce fruits of the Spirit ‘…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22) Interpersonal skills such as listening, opening doors, saying please, thank you, you’re welcome, and sharing with others reveal the good manners in our heart.
Rules of etiquette are in our head. Our manners are in our heart. Together they shield us against embarrassing ourselves or others.”
In Texas we are required to teach “Good Citizenship” – every year we make sure that all children know the Pledge of Allegiance, and this year we are incorporating an etiquette class.
Students will learn various age-appropriate etiquette skills from making an introduction, taking a phone call, public manners, job interviews, being a host or guest, cell phones and e-mail, RSVPs and thank you notes, and eating etiquette. Etiquette lessons include the accompanying Biblical application.
Book List: No books required; however, parents may choose to purchase our foundation for this class: