"Please" and "Thank-you": Why Grace and Courtesy Matters
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The Montessori prepared environments are great places for children to not only learn these important social graces, but also practice them on a daily basis. Throughout the day, there arenumerous opportunities for us to practice, some of which are: preparing snack for the classroom; offering to help someone with a task; politely refusing an offer of help if it is not needed; holding the door open for someone, and countless others. The whole environment was designed to offer these wonderful opportunities for the children to learn how to communicate and practice being empathetic. As guides, our role is to help guide the children, through our Grace and Courtesy lessons, to the point where they achieve true grace--harmony between mind and body-- and true courtesy--establishing and maintaining social relationships. As parents, we are our child’s first entrée into the world of grace and courtesy, teaching them through our words and actions. Taking the time now, to teach our children these graces and courtesies will lay a solid foundation for their future.