Grace & Courtesy

Grace and Courtesy 4: Skills for a Lifetime

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

If you’ve been following my Grace and Courtesy series so far, hopefully you’ve realized a few basic things about these important life skills. To sum up: 1. Grace and courtesy skills should be taught very early2. These skills have both a narrow application (home, classroom) and a broad one (community, world)3. Grace and courtesy skills […]

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Grace and Courtesy 3: Making Skills a Part of Every Day Life

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Grace and courtesy skills sound so nice. Wouldn’t we all love to have homes and classrooms where the children were courteous, helpful, and kind? Sometimes it seems like an unachievable goal. It’s true that kids need much repetition to master these skills, but the sooner you start the better. How and when do we go […]

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Grace and Courtesy 2: Broadening a Child’s Horizons

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Young children are naturally very self-centered. This is a normal part of infancy and toddlerhood, but as children get older it’s important that they start to notice the needs of people around them. As I said in the last grace and courtesy post, this typically begins with family and friends. Once children start studying other […]

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Grace and Courtesy 1: Building Blocks for a Satisfying Life

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

About ten years ago, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) held its annual conference in Chicago. I was privileged to attend the conference with several other teachers from our school. The title of the conference was Grace and Courtesy: A Human Responsibility. I remember thinking beforehand, “Grace and courtesy is about shaking hands and speaking politely […]

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