Grace and courtesy, you and me! Here at Guidepost, we respect each other’s work that is what our teachers instill in us. “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected each other to form one whole unity.” ~ Maria Montessori
Watching another friend’s working is taken as an activity itself because it is an important lesson of “Grace and Courtesy” - the Montessori term for the way we model graceful behavior and courteous social interactions with others. Because it is very common for children in a community environment to grab items from one another, we set limits for children by encouraging them to engage in respectful behavior. In particular, we emphasize taking turns. We tell children that they may watch another child working respectfully without interrupting and ideally with hands behind the back. The goal of this activity is to show children acceptable social norms for using items in a shared community space.
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