Monday, September 5, 2011

Grace and Courtesy Lessons

In the Montessori classroom Grace and Courtey lessons are continous. These lesson allow the children to become aware and mindful of what they are doing in the classroom. For example, I may say "I am closing the door quietly." or " I am walking slowly in the classroom."

Everyday kindness and courtesy are vital practical life skills. Lessons in Grace and Courtesy teach everyday social customs, such as how to enter a room, not to disturb another’s work, how to ask if you may join in an activity and how to graciously decline an invitation, table manners, and how to offer an apology.

"We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit. It is the teacher's joy to welcome the manifestation of the spirit." 

This year at our school, we are having a new monthly parent gathering called Montessori & Munchies. Within the 1 hour, teachers have prepared a Montessori topic that will lead into a group discussion. In August the topic was Grace and Courtesy lessons. Below I would like to share few lessons my collages put together for Toddler to Elementary.
- Maria Montessori 

Eating Habits
  • Using s fork and spoon correctly
  • Chewing food with mouth closed
  • Sitting quietly in chair during a meal
Toilet Training
  • How and when to go to the bathroom
Proper Hygiene
  • How to wash hands
  • How to blow your nose
  • How to say "please" and "thank you"


Social Skills
  • How to greet people
  • How to shake hands when greeting someone
  • How to excuse oneself when walking in front of someone
  • How to interrupt when necessary
  • How to hand objects to another person, especially sharps objects like scissors and knives
  • How to say "please" and "thank you"
  • How to care for a pet
  • How to water a plant
  • How to clean up a spill
  • How to open and close a door quietly
  • How to pick up and carry a chair


Social Skills
  • How to work with another person
  • How to resolve conflict
  • How to mediate between friends
  • How to help a younger friend

  • Writing a thank you note
  • Speaking politely to friends, family and teachers
  • Being kind to others

  • How to care for plants and animals
  • Setting up a table for a meal
  • How to clean and straighten a classroom or home
  • How to serve in the community
  • Caring for the earth

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