A girl can be more casual
When sitting her jeans and tees,
But any time you're in a dress,
Be sure to close your knees!
On Friday my sister, Maria, babysat while I taught art masterpiece at the Princess' school. When I came back to pick up the kids, Maria told me that one of her teachers, for the big Stake Activity Day (for 75 girls 8-11 years old) that she was in charge of on Saturday, was unable to teach. The theme for the 4 hour long activity day was A Royal You. The classes were: A Royal Me (making a paper bag journal), A Royal Family (A Family Home Evening Lesson "I want to live like Abinadi...Except for the Fire Part"), Fit for A Queen (learning about exercise and nutrition), Royal Treasure (making a Tiffany style stamped necklace, from a washer, that said "Faith" or "Royal"), and Pretty as a Princess. She asked if I could teach the "Pretty as a Princess" class the next day. She said I could teach anything I wanted to, I just needed to teach the same 30 minute lesson, five times.
I just have to say, I ROCKED IT! (Humbly, of course.) I have been concerned about my own young women (12 and 13 years old), and feeling like we need to have Charm School. I decided that I'd teach "Princess Lessons" and give them tips on posture, bearing, hygiene, and etiquette. I have an old book from 1949 called Your Manners are Showing by Betty Betz. It has darling pictures and cute poems for many dating and social situations. I started with her pictures and then made poems up that would be more pertinent to younger girls today. (I did use some of her poems, but often they used odd expressions like "rude beyond the pale" and words like Lad were tossed around. ) I stayed up until 2 am, writing my lesson, making a slide show, and typing up a handout. But it turned out great. It was fun, fast paced, interactive, and the girls were all actively engaged!
If you need a super cute lesson on manners, just let me know, and I'll be glad to email you my pictures and poems!