Marshmallow Manners

The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold,cold wet day.
                       ~Dr. Seuss

To liven things up on this cold, cold wet day, I decided we would play the "Marshmallow Manners" game.  Each time one of my children remembers to use good manners they get a marshmallow as a reward.  They get to save all their "rewards" in a ziplock baggie and this evening we will all enjoy a mug of cocoa with the earned marshmallows on top!

In addition to earning marshmallows for using the "Magic Words":
"Yes M’am"
"No Ma’m"
"Please"
"Thank You"
"No Thank You"

The children earn rewards by being kind, showing good table manners, and overall good behavior.

A nice way to practice manners and cure the winter blues, don’t you agree? 

For additional resources check out these websites:

Links – http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/manners.php
Valentine’s Tea – http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjhol/a/valentines01_3.htm
Coloring Pages –
http://www.4bambini.com/free/ 
    
http://nurie.main.jp/yaku01.html
Good Manners Chart – 
http://www.ziggityzoom.com/activities.php?a=9                     
Free Manners Game – http://www.bry-backmanor.org/mannersgame.html
Articles –
http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/E_News/THM/THM03-14-07.htm
Free Lesson Plans –
http://www.goodcharacterpress.com/id62.html
    http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-S2000/Mohlman/Learning_Respect_and_Manne.html 
http://doe.in.gov/octe/facs/documents/How__to_Mind_Your_Manners-CarolSnowden.pdf
Respect Lesson – http://www.scribd.com/doc/10547/Respect-Lesson
Activities (Songs, Games, and More!) –
http://childfun.com/index.php/activity-themes/people-house-home/239-manners-activity-theme.html?showall=1
Article – http://life.familyeducation.com/manners-and-values/parenting/34452.html

The School of Good Manners – http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/is/enroom/chapbooks/230.htm

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2 Responses to Marshmallow Manners

  1. HSBCompanyBlog says:

    What a fun idea! My children would wind up thanking me for thanking them just so they could get another marshmallow. : )

  2. TraceySkeen says:

    LOL! My kids tried that, too!

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