The core concept of grace and courtesy is respect for oneself and others. But its impact on life is so much more than that. Grace and courtesy allow us to be sensitive to the needs of others and well-liked members of society.
This is why Blossoms Montessori School considers grace and courtesy as indispensable aspects of our Montessori preschool curriculum.
What Are Grace and Courtesy?
Though they aren’t focus areas of many traditional schools, grace and courtesy are innate in Montessori childcare.
Grace is defined as self-awareness and the ability to conduct oneself with dignity and refinement. Courtesy, on the other hand, involves showing respect and valuing other people’s needs.
The two go hand in hand. When you show respect and act with grace, it is much easier to form relationships, get ahead in life, and be a productive member of society.
At Blossoms, grace and courtesy are part of the Practical Life curriculum. Our lessons include walking carefully, table setting and manners, how to host a guest, and more importantly, communication skills. Learning these practical skills allows children to be more independent and develop their social skills. Physical activities are also vital in developing motor skills.
Common Grace and Courtesy Lessons
Our Montessori daycare starts with the basics. As soon as children grasp the essentials of grace and courtesy, these traits become a natural part of their character.
The following are some of the simple grace and courtesy lessons we teach.
To teach grace, we have children:
● Stand in a queue
● Choose an activity
● Use learning materials gently
● Keep educational materials back in place after use
● Walk in the classroom properly
● Use the restroom courteously
● Eat meals neatly
To teach courtesy, children are asked to:
● Welcome someone
● Greet another person
● Ask questions politely
● Shake hands
● Talk in a soft voice
● Discuss disagreements
● Excuse themselves
These are simple activities but as they grow older, children can be expected to practice the same propriety on a much larger scale. They will move around with grace, earning the respect of their peers. They will also go about their day being polite to people, and receiving politeness in return.
When they learn these at a young age, they grow up with manners and develop confidence in the process.
As a highly experienced Montessori educator with a coveted AMI credential from Association Montessori International, I have spent over 22 years helping children discover their full potential through an individualized approach to learning. Along the way, I have mentored and coached countless educators, equipping them with the tools and techniques to foster growth in their own students. In fact, I have trained over 65 teachers to date. Currently serving as a Director, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every aspect of my work. Whether you are a parent seeking the best educational opportunities for your child or an educator looking to improve your own practice, I am confident that I can help you unlock your full potential.