If you have ever taken a tour of a Montessori elementary school, you were probably impressed by the behavior of the children as they quietly went about their different tasks. The secret is that the Montessori method puts more emphasis on communication and social interdependence, teaching children how to communicate in ways that are acceptable both in the classroom and in the community at large.
Leading by ExampleChildren depend on the cues they get from adults and older children to model their own behavior. In the Montessori elementary school we teach manners by exhibiting good manners, you are showing your child that social etiquette is crucial to open communication and personal interaction. Done correctly, you will even introduce the concept that events can go against our desires without triggering emotional displays such as anger or rebellion.
Grace and CourtesyGrace and courtesy form the cornerstone of good manners in the Montessori school. They explain why the classroom tends to be quieter and more organized. These traits are maximized by teaching children the importance of social structures such as:
- Good Manners
- Caring for One Another
- Putting Others First
- Helping Solve Problems