Children learn to shake hands and make an introduction to each other. Photo: Claudia Baxter
Children learn to shake hands and make an introduction to each other. Photo: Claudia Baxter

Kids learn how to shake

THE humble handshake is usually the first point of call when trying to make a good first impression.

But there is more to it than simply extending a hand and delivering a polite greeting.

For 10 Ipswich children, a lesson in etiquette from Manners Maketh founder Heidi Fischer explained the secret to mastering the welcome on Sunday during a seven-hour deportment class.

Ms Fischer said the children mixed learning the fun of reinforcing the lessons through activities. "The children seemed to have a bit of fun. They got everything we did. We have a lot of activities to reinforce the lessons we're teaching," she said.

"They really loved learning about the handshakes, what it feels like when someone shakes your hand really weakly and then when someone squeezes it, and when they do it right."

The class was booked out in advance and Ms Fischer will return with her deportment classes later in the year.

Jasmine Jeffreys enrolled her nine-year-old daughter Isabella in the course and noticed some immediate results.

Following the course, her daughter stopped to pick up some potatoes off the floor and let an elderly man walk past before her.

"It showed how much she actually learnt. I think there are probably a few things I can learn from her," she said.

Ms Jeffreys said improved manners were just one of the benefits.

"I think giving a child a confidence boost and knowing what is and isn't polite. A lot of children don't know those boundaries," she said.



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