“The grace and dignity of their behavior and the ease of their movements
are the corollaries to what they have gained through their own patient and
laborious efforts. In a word they are ‘self-controlled,’ and to the extent that
they are thus controlled they are free from the control of others.”
—Dr. Maria Montessori
An important part of a child’s development is learning social etiquette. A child will naturally gravitate toward grace and courtesy practical life exercises so that he can feel more at ease around his classmates and in the world at large. These lessons provide the child with the necessary vocabulary and actions so that the child can become aware of and courteous toward those around him. Grace and courtesy lessons are generally given in a group, so that the child can practice these social niceties with others and receive their positive responses. Visitors to Montessori classrooms are often surprised by the polite, friendly students within!