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How to Teach Proper Greetings and Polite Expressions to Young Kids

Felisa Daskeo is a teacher by profession and a mother who has experienced various parenting strategies. She shares what she does as a parent

Make the children happy by greeting them.

Make the children happy by greeting them.

Proper Greeting and Polite Expressions

One of the first lessons that children should learn while they are very young are the proper greetings and polite expressions. Of course the children are already familiar with most of these words especially if they come from a family who use greetings and saying the polite expressions part of their daily life.

Saying good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good night, thank you, you are welcome, etc, is easy for those who speak the English language but for children who use English as their second language, it is not an easy job to do.

So, you start by greeting the children good morning every day and saying goodbye then you can introduce them the polite expressions by saying thank you if a child does something for you or say excuse me, and you are welcome, and they will finally understand the meaning of proper greetings and polite expressions even without teaching them. Once the children get used to listening to the words, teaching them these topics will be easier and learning for them becomes more effective.

Everything you do becomes easier when you get used to doing something, so the more you let the children hear the proper greetings, the more they will understand the why of learning the lesson.

Time of Day


Proper Greetings

  1. Good morning.
  2. Good afternoon.
  3. Good evening.

Starting the lesson is easy. First, greet the children good morning or good afternoon depending on the time you start the lesson. This will start the lesson on proper greetings. Then let the children know what time of the day it is. Most children know what is daytime and night time but they usually are confused about the morning, afternoon and evening so you have to explain to them what the time of the day is when you can say good morning, good afternoon or good evening.

This lesson is best explained with more drawings or illustration. The sun is a core factor when explaining the time to the little kids.

You can use a drawing of sun just coming out from the top of a mountain to tell the children that it is morning time. A sun high up in the middle or a little down the side can explain the afternoon time and a darkened place can be used to illustrate the evening time.

There are no limitations when it comes to a teacher’s method and there is no set rule to follow when explaining lessons to the children. Each teacher has her own method, strategy, and trick on how to make teaching and learning easier.

Polite Expressions

  1. Thank you.
  2. You are welcome
  3. I’m sorry.
  4. It’s alright.
  5. Excuse me.
  6. Yes, you may.
  7. May I.
  8. Please.
  9. Good bye.
  10. Good night.

Polite expressions can be easily introduced and enhanced in a polite environment. This starts from the teacher being the role model inside the classroom.

If the classroom where the children stay and interact for a few hours every day is rich in pleasant and polite words, there is a tendency for the little ones to become polite people.

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Speaking politely to the children will teach them the proper way to speak to someone. Start the day with a good greeting and end the day with the kids with a pleasant, “Goodbye and see you tomorrow.” These may be just words but words can make or unmake a person.

Creating a Pleasant Environment for Kids


Building a Pleasant/Polite Environment

  • Good Morning – saying good morning to each child as soon as she steps inside the classroom will make the child feel welcomed. There is no better word from the second mother in school than a happy greeting that will make the heart of the little child glowing. This simple greeting will start the day with the children right and will help the learning process more productive.
  • Thank you – saying thank you even for the littlest task a child has done will fuel the children’s mood to do even more. You should highlight the child’s reaction every time you say “Thank you.” “You are good.” “That’s very good.” “Please.”
  • I’m sorry – I’m sorry is a magic word that can ease a hurt feeling, especially young children who easily get hurt. Be sure to pass this on to the children so they will know when to say the words.
  • Please – It is a word that prompts someone to do as told. The word please is like a spice that enhances your words even if you are telling someone to do something for you.
  • It’s alright – This denotes being understanding and considerate to others. To young children it is very important to say, “It’s alright.” Children fear committing mistakes and creating trouble inside the classroom but if you say, “It’s alright,” the fear will vanish.
  • You are welcome – Don’t forget to say, you are welcome to a child who says thank you. A child always needs a reassurance that he has uttered the correct word or he has done the correct thing. This is why you should always encourage the child to answer properly by responding correctly too.

Children learned directly through what they witness and what they could directly experience. It is crucial to create and maintain a polite and pleasant environment where they will grow.


Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on August 28, 2015:

peachpurple Yes, that is what usually happens. I always teach the children to greet someone they meet in the morning and to say all the polite expressions but my son rarely greets me good morning. Perhaps because he is already 24.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 28, 2015:

When i was in kindy i was taught to greet good morning teacher, thank you teacher, goodbye teacher

Now it us my kids turn to learn the sane thing but nobody practice these at home

Felisa Daskeo (author) from Manila, Philippines on August 27, 2015:

Thank you @Ankurpatel1397 hank you for visiting my hub.

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