In the KEP Program, the principles of Grace and Courtesy become the scaffolding that serves to support the rest of the curriculum. From the very first day of school, teachers emphasize the importance of self‐care, care of one’s environment, and care of one another. There are many opportunities for the children to practice these principles throughout their day as they interact with each other and their environment. Children learn to interrupt politely, listen when another person speaks, and use “I” statements when speaking about their own needs and desires. The Montessori Grace and Courtesy curriculum is enhanced through our school-wide social-emotional framework called RULER
Through the Cultural curriculum, the children hear stories and read non-fiction books about people from other cultures, what their foods look and taste like, what their homes and schools are like, and what kinds of things children do for fun. Kingsley parents come into the classrooms to share family traditions and holidays by teaching songs, reading stories, sharing foods, and doing culture‐specific art projects that help students understand other ways of life in a hands‐on and age‐appropriate way. Materials and instructional content reflect a diverse world.