As a Montessori school, we recognize that caring for the whole child includes attention to quality nourishment, education on healthy food choices, and teaching manners and grace and courtesy at meal time. Research on pediatric nutrition indicates that better food leads to better attention span and classroom behavior, enhanced learning, and improved health. In addition, in an authentic Montessori school, children set the table themselves with real plate ware and glassware, learning practical life skills while receiving an aesthetic experience through the beauty and simplicity of a well-set table. They learn to hold and manage the weight of pitchers, full plates, and vases for the table. They enjoy cleaning the table with friends and washing their own dishes in a child-sized sink. All of these daily experiences build confidence, grace, and healthy bodies.