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Etiquette Class Report Card


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An etiquette class for kids may sound like a great idea to you and me, but what do the kids themselves think of it? We sent our newest undercover reporter, fifth grader John Safipour, on assignment to get the scoop on Best of the East Bay winner Mrs. Amoroso’s Etiquette Classes for kids. Here’s John’s report.

The First Class:

I learned about the evolution of etiquette and manners. In the beginning of time, cavemen didn’t have any utensils, so they ate with their hands. Later, in medieval times, people only had knives, which they also used to fight with. They had to keep their hands on the table at dinner to show they weren’t going to use their knives to fight.

Keeping your hands on the table is called the Continental style. Today, we put our hands in our laps, and that is called the American style. You shouldn’t have your elbows on the table, chew with your mouth open, or keep your napkin on the table. If you do, it shows disrespect. In manners, you should say, “May I, please, thank you, you’re welcome,” and so on. Really, it boils down to manners and respect.

I liked the class a lot. I liked learning history and etiquette. It was interesting to hear about the way etiquette changed so much. At the end, they gave us dessert to practice the manners we learned. It was a good, interesting lesson.

The Second Class:

Today in etiquette we learned how to use our utensils. There are two ways to use your fork and knife, the Continental and the American style. The Continental style is that, after cutting with your knife, you keep the fork in your left hand to eat the food. The American style is that, after cutting, you put your knife down and switch your fork to the other hand to eat.
Here are some more tips to help you remember manners.
1. When using the spoon to eat soup, scoop the soup away from you. Rhyme: As the ship sails out to sea, I scoop my soup away from me.
2. When you eat spaghetti, you can use a spoon or the side of the bowl to help you eat and twirl it.
3. Always eat food with your fork with the tines pointing down
4. To remember where the bread dish and drinking glass go, make a circle with your thumb and index finger on both hands. Your left hand spells “b,” so the bread dish goes on your left. Your right hand spells “d,” so your drinking glass goes on your right.
5. At the end of the meal, pretend the plate is a clock, and put the utensils in between the 4 and the 5

The Third Class:

Today, in my etiquette class, we learned about cell phone etiquette and safety. When you’re home alone, you can just leave the phone. If you answer and they ask for your parents, you can say that person is busy, or take a message. It is okay to tell a white lie to stay safe.

After you take a message, repeat the info back to the person to make sure it is correct. If you call for someone else but they aren’t there, give your name and number. Make sure you keep good manners!!!

The Fourth Class:

It was a fun class!!! I liked all of the learning we did. We got to hear what old students had remembered of their classes. Mrs. Amoroso had a lot of stories. She had picture books about chivalry and the time of knights in shining armor. It was an interesting class, and I recommend it.
 

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