I tell them things like - we're excited to be going on this
trip and it's not something we do every day so we may meet
with some new situations - and while we're excited. We want
to still be thinking ! even though we're excited and we don't
want to be silly - there's no good reason to be silly and
silly isn't safe. We certainly don't want to be showing off
anything but our maturity... our good sense and our caring
for each other and the people around us. We always want to be
good members of the community and that includes where we are
traveling to - we want to use our soft voices and want to
show patience if we have to wait a moment here and there. We
certainly want to thank anyone who helps us along the way.
I go for reasons rather than the phrase best behavior - I
want that from them every day. I'm not sure that young
children really have any idea of what 'best behavior' means.
I like to operationalize it with telling them no showing off
and no silly - those are Kindergarten type behaviors that
crop up on field trips.