Teaching Manners

The Best Mannered King

[All the animals were fighting in the jungle. They were all shouting and making a lot of noise.]

[Gajraj, the elephant, trumpeted and made everyone be quiet.]

Gajraj: Quiet everyone. No shouting please! Be quiet for a minute and listen to me.

[All the animals become quiet.]

Gajraj: Thank you for being quiet. Thank you for listening to me.

Rabbit: What are you going to talk about Gajraj?

Gajraj: I think we should select one animal as the king of the jungle.

Tiger: That’s a very good idea. I want to be the king.

Zebra: Can’t we have a queen?

Gajraj: We can have a queen or a king.

Zebra: I want to be the queen.

Fox: I want to be the king.

Lion: (pushes the monkey) Only I can be the king.

Gajraj: Please be quiet. Shouting is bad manners. Pushing is bad manners.

Rabbit: Who will be the king?

Gajraj: The king should have good manners. He should always say, ‘excuse me’, before talking. He should not shout or push.

[As Gajraj was talking two little squirrels are fighting over a toy. One has the toy and the other is snatching it from her.]

Rabbit: (pointing to the two animals) That is bad manners too. You should not snatch things.

Say, Please let me play with it.

Squirrel 1: Please let me play with it.

Squirrel 2: Ok let us play together.

Squirrel 1: Thank you.

Squirrel 2: Welcome.

[They play with the toy together.]

Gajraj: See how nicely they are playing. Saying please and thank you are good manners. We want the king to have the best manners.

Rabbit: How will we know who has the best manners?

Gajraj: We will watch all the animals tomorrow. We will note how they behave. Then we will vote for the king.

All the animals: Ok. Let’s do that.

[Different animals saying excuse me, thank you, please, sorry etc. in different contexts]

Gajraj: Today is the voting day.

All the animals: May we come in?

Gajaraj: Yes, please come in all of you. Let’s start voting.

[Animals start Voting. Votes are counted.]

Gajraj: Oh! It is a tie. Many of us have got equal number of votes. Let’s have one king or queen per week. This week zebra will be the queen. Next week I will be the queen. And every week we will have a new king or queen.

All the animals: Long live the queen. (3 times).

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Manners Video

Here is a youtube video that helps children learn manners while singing, dancing and having fun.