Grace and Courtesy and concern for others: offering food, saying “please” and “thank you”, and other good manners appropriate to the child’s culture, modelled by adults for very young children.
-The Joyful Child Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three – Susan Mayclin Stephenson
In our house that translates into spending time as a family doing activities that the boys enjoy.
The easiest and often most rewarding is to go for a walk.
Today we stopped at the playground first. All of us model gentle respectful language with each other. Anthony is a great role model for Quentin. He is calm, and speaks respectfully to him.
“Quentin, would you like a turn with the wheel?”
Besides all this modelling we also just had a lot of fun.
We stopped at a local shop for some freshly made “sweets” and coffee. Then we walked home.
The rainy season will return soon. It’s nice to take advantage of the good days.
Back at home, when I had finished putting things away, I came out to the front yard to find this: