We hear that “greetings are important” all around us.
This is not only because we are embarrassed because our children do not have good manners but also because greetings are the first step to communication with others. Children who are able to exchange greetings from a young age are more likely to have better communication skills as they get older.
Having strong communication skills is very important not only for children but for adults as well. Let’s make sure that we encourage our children to exchange greetings from a young age and support their development of communication skills. In this article, we will introduce how to incorporate the importance of greetings into early learning.
Greetings are important because individuals who “exchange greetings” are said to have good manners and they affect one’s first impression.
Based on the research of the American psychologist Mehrabian, one’s first impression of an individual is based 80% on their looks and their voice. Once an individual creates a first impression of something it is hard to change one’s mind.
Even if it is someone that you have not met before, if they are friendly and greet you when you meet them you are more likely to have a good impression of them. Whether you have a good start with someone will play an important role in whether you will be able to form a good relationship with them.
Greetings are also the first step in communication with people that you meet for the first time. So individuals who can successfully exchange greetings leave good impressions and have better communication skills.
Although we do not need special skills to be able to greet those around us, greetings should become a habit and children do not learn to use them overnight.
It is important that parents start teaching their children about the importance of greetings from a young age so when they grow up they can greet those around them automatically. It is a good idea to start with family greetings like “good morning”, “off I go”, “I’m home”, “welcome back”, and “good night”. These are greetings that adults use in daily life, so it is easier for young children to determine when they should be used. If children do not use these greetings on their own at the beginning it is a good idea for parents to encourage them to say the greetings with them. Parents should also praise their children if they are able to say the greeting correctly and at the right time. Getting angry at them or forcing them to apologize when they forget will cause them to feel negatively about greetings and avoid trying to say them altogether.
Once children can say the greetings well in Japanese, it is a good idea to incorporate English greetings as well. Greetings are just as important in other countries and languages. English is becoming more and more important in Japanese education and work environments, so it is a good idea to start teaching young children English greetings, so they will be more used to the language when they learn it at school later. It is effective to combine useful greetings like [Good morning], [I’m home], [Good night] with phrases that are often used together with these greetings like [Time to wake up], [Let’s get dressed] or [Do you have everything?]. This will help them learn when to use which phrases.
Some people are embarrassed about using greetings because they are afraid that their pronunciation is not good. However, incorporating English greetings into your child’s daily life when they are young will help them get used to English and enjoy speaking it more as they get older. Let’s try to use English greetings at home and support our children’s communication skills and English language skills when possible.
Attending an early learning center with native English teachers will give young children the opportunity to use English greetings and simple phrases on a weekly basis. Participating in these classes is also a good way to make friends which will help improve their communication skills. Many actions that cannot be done at home can be done during mommy and me classes. Please consider attending early learning classes with your little one and encourage their development.