Mrs. McVeigh's Manners Curriculum


The Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners curriculum has been developed over years of teaching thousands of students how to have good manners. The dual goals of the curriculum are to make learning enjoyable, and for the student to retain the information long-term. The topics taught are broken into units (listed below). The first unit—Meeting, Greeting, and Eating—is taught at every class. The rest of the units and topics are filtered into classes and camps as appropriate. Please note that not all topics will be covered in one class or camp. Specific topics taught will be listed on the registration page.

Materials used in classes – Elise McVeigh continuously enjoys creating new materials each year for all of the classes. Her original materials include: lessons; games; storybooks and workbooks; videos; on-line quizzes; interactive on-line books. Each child goes home with at least a placemat, one book or chart, and the Mrs. McVeigh’s Magnificent Manners Show video will be emailed to the parent to download.

Mixing ages in classes – Our camps and classes typically are broken into age groups as follows: ages 3-11; 5-8; 9-12; teens; university students; adults in the workplace. Private groups can be formed, and the organizer may decide what age(s) to include.

Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners chooses to mix ages and gender in classes for several reasons. The original reason was because when Mrs. McVeigh had three young children it was a challenge to find a camp for all of her children to attend at the same time. She wants to help parents who may be in the same situation. Additionally, teaching various ages and genders at once encourages better behavior by all ages. Younger children look up to older children, and want to behave like them. Older children act more responsible when younger children are present as they instinctively want to set a good example. The older children also enjoy taking care of the younger ones. A group of all girls or all boys tend to act sillier than having boys and girls together. Children are grouped together by age for age-appropriate activities during a class, such as filling out a workbook or listening to a book.

Class size – At Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners, we are dedicated to make sure that there is a minimum 12:1 ratio of students to instructors. Even in a camp with 40 children, Elise McVeigh is the main instructor (unless noted otherwise), and she and the other instructors rotate small groups to make sure students are getting a lot of attention and having fun with all of our well qualified teachers.

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Common Courtsey

It’s Not all about YOU
How to Handle Death


Meeting, Greeting, and Eating

Meeting and Greeting; Appearance
Table Setting
Table Manners
Eating at School

Grace Under Fire

Tricky People
Impolite Kids
Telephone / Cell Phone
Calling 911
Park and Playground


Getting Organized

Morning Routines
Evening Routines
Get Organized for School
Get Organized at School
Get Your Room Organized
Get Your Clothing Organized

Now You Are Going Places

Public Ceremonies
Car and Carpool
School and School Bus
Airplanes and Travel


Start as Well as
You Finish

Inviting People
Good Guest
Birthday Parties Arriving
Birthday Parties Departing
Thank You Notes

Learn More

Manners Classes
Manners Camps
Classes in School
Girl Scouts
University Students
Speaking Engagements


Everyday Life