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Grace and Courtesy

Grace and courtesy lessons are presented daily. Children are especially drawn to these activities because of their sensitive periods for learning precise movements and social skills, as well as their need to adapt and belong to their particular culture.

Through grace and courtesy lessons we show how to move and respond to others. These lessons include grace in moving about the room and carrying things. They include courtesy in saying please and thank you, excusing oneself, waiting one’s turn, making a request, greeting and welcoming a visitor, saying good bye, etc. Grace and courtesy in daily living includes lessons involving table etiquette, bathroom procedures, telephone etiquette, etc. All of these exercises cover the elements a child needs to know in order to feel comfortable and secure in dealing with others. They lead the child to develop respect for his or her environment and all that is within it, and enable the child to learn how to be a contributing member of his or her community.