Interrupting - "Excuse me"

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This is a group presentation.


  1. Discuss about the reasons for showing courtesy and respect for others.
  2. Discuss about greeting each other.
  3. For a small group of children, the Directress chooses two and asks them to talk to each other.
  4. The Directress then shows how to intervene in a polite manner.
  5. For example, when approaching two or more people who are talking together - pause, wait for a suitable time to interrupt, then say "Excuse me" before stating the reasons for interposing.
  6. At the end, say 'Thank you'.
  7. Show the children that when they need to talk to you and need you, tap the Directress's shoulder and say 'Excuse me'.
  8. If the Directress is busy and can not attend to the child immediately, touch the child's hand.
  9. This is to signify "I heard you. I am not ready yet. I will be with you as soon as I can'.
  10. The child should understand that and wait.
  11. Another occasion where 'Excuse me' is warranted is when they are walking and someone is in their path.
  12. Say 'Excuse me' and wait for the other person to move away before continue walking.
  13. Remember to sat 'Thank you'.
  14. Discuss about other forms of greeting, for e.g. "Please, "Thank you".
  15. Show examples of when and how to say it.

Control Of Error

Points Of Interest


Direct aims:

  • To develop the child's self esteem and good manners.

Indirect aims:

  • To develop the child's language.
  • To develop the child's independence.