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!