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Magic Words
There are three little magic words
That will open any door with ease.
Two little words are "Thank you!"
And the other little word is "Please!"

We say, "Thank you."
We say, "Please."
We don't interrupt or tease.
We don't argue. We don't fuss.
We listen when folks talk to us.
We share our toys and take our turn.
Good manners aren't too hard to learn.
It's really easy, when you find.
Good manners means
Getting Along (rhyme)
We know how to get along
every single day.
We take turns and share a lot
While we work and play.

Share your Toys (sung to row, row, row your boat)
Share, Share , share your toys,
share them with your friends
It's so much fun to share your toys,
sharing has no end.
Thank You Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It
When my grandpa gives me something,
I say "thank you".
When my grandma gives me something,
I say "thank you".
I can see it makes them happy
When I say it so politely
Yes, good manners mean to always
say "thank you"!
If I spill my drink at lunch
I say "I'm sorry".
When I break something of yours
I say "I'm sorry".
I can see it makes you happy
When I say to so politely.
Yes, good manners mean to always
say "I'm sorry"!
If I bump into someone
I say "excuse me".
If I need to interrupt
I say "excuse me".
I can see it makes people happy
When I say it so politely
Yes, good manners mean to always
say "excuse me"!
Table Manners (Sung to: Frere Jacques)
Chewing quietly, chewing quietly
Do not slurp, do not slurp,
We must say excuse me,
We must say excuse me
When we burp,
When we burp.

Three Nice Mice (3 blind mice)
3 Nice Mice
3 Nice Mice
See how nice they are
see how nice they are
They're always polite when they nibble their cheese
they never forget to say thank you and please
they cover their noses whenever they sneeze
ahhh ahhh ahhh-choo (pretend sneeze)
3 nice mice 3 nice mice
Super Manners (Sung to I'm a Little Teapot)
I have super manners. Yes, I do.
I can say "Please," and "Thank You," too.
When I play with friends, I like to share.
That's the way I show I care!

Never, Never Pick Your Nose By G. B. Lipson
Pick a flower
Pick a rose
Pick a treat
Or pick your toes (just kidding)

Pick some buttons
Pick some bows
Pick some jeans
Or fancy clothes

Pick some friends
Or pick some foes
But never, ever
Table Manners by Gelett Burgess
The Goops they lick their fingers,
And the Goops they lick their knives;
They spill their broth on the tablecloth-
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
The Goops they talk while eating,
And loud and fast they chew;
And that is why I'm glad that I
Am not a Goop - are you?

Before I Eat My Meals (To the tune of: If You're Happy and You Know it)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands, (scrub, scrub)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands, (scrub, scrub)
Oh, it's very smart I think, Sends those germs right down the sink.
Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands. (scrub, scrub)

Oh, before I eat my meals, I set my place, (set, set)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I set my place, (set, set)
I set everything I need, I feel very proud, indeed.
Oh, before I eat my meals, I set my place. (set, set)

Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food, (pass the plate)
Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food, (pass the plate)
'Cause we know it's only fair For us all to have our share
Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food. (pass the plate)

Pass the Peas Please by Dina Anastasio.
If you run over a sand castle
Created by your brother
Kneel down and say, "I'm sorry."
Then just help him build another

When you see someone who's different,
Don't laugh. It isn't fair.
He might think you are different,
But he doesn't point and start

If you're angry at a friend,
Don't punch or kick or shout.
Go for a walk and count to ten,
Then try to talk it out.

No one likes to lose a game,
But if you must, you must.
So if you lose, shake hands and say,
"We'll play again, I trust."

It's hard to keep a secret,
But secret telling's wrong.
Remember, friends who blab too much
Aren't friends for very long.

If your father's talking on the phone
When he should be playing ball,
Don't kick or sulk or whine, "Let's GO!"
That will not work at all.

Don't interrupt your uncle
When he's talking 'bout his car.
Even though it's boring -
Well, you know how uncles are!

When you're eating mashed potatoes,
And there's something you must say,
Please wait until you've swallowed.
The thought won't go away!

If your brother has a cupcake
That's he's saving for tomorrow,
Don't take a bite, not even one,
Or he'll be filled with sorrow.

If your neighbor won't stop talking,
And you feel a yawn come on,
Put your mouth behind your fingers,
Until your yawn is gone.

Don't eat spaghetti with your knife,
Your fingers or a spoon.
Use your fork, although it's hard.
You'll catch on pretty soon.

When you're outside playing soccer,
And kick someone in the knee,
Don't tell him that he's in your way.
Say, "Sorry. Pardon me."

Don't play with Grandma's dishes
If you father has forbid it.
but if you do, and if they break,
Don't say your sister did it!

We all leave toys and clothes around.
It's O.K. just once or twice.
But if a king and queen should come to call,
They might not think it's nice.

When someone's in the bathroom,
And won't get out, don't worry.
Just knock and say, "I'm waiting.
I must come in. Please hurry."

Don't play the drums or sing a song
When somebody is sick.
Just tiptoe by and give a wave,
And say, "Please get well quick."

When your sister's busy practicing,
And you really want to hide,
Don't cover your ears or make a face.
Just smile and go outside.

Towels that are soggy
Will not dry someone's back
So toss them in the laundry,
Or hand them on the rack.

When your sister gets a bicycle
And you just get a kite,
Don't say, "You like her better!"
Say, "Thank you. It's just right."

If a friend is having trouble,
And he falls and gives a yelp,
Don't laugh or point or call him names.
Say, "Are you hurt?" and "May I help?"

If there's something very special
That you'd really like to borrow,
Ask before you take it,
And bring it back tomorrow.

If your great-aunt gives you candy,
And your friends would like a lot,
It's nice to share a little,
Even though you'd rather not.

When you're going to a movie,
And the line is two blocks long,
don't butt in front. Go to the end.
Then calmly hum a song.

When you're sitting at the table,
And want some extra peas,
Don't shout out, "Gimme more of those."
Say, "Pass the peas, please."



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