Research has shown that as children improve in coordination, their readiness to improve in other areas also occurs. Academic achievement apparently goes hand in-hand with muscular control and coordination, for as the child is able to free more and more of his attention from the physical problems of movement, control and mastery of himself and his equipment, he is able to direct his attention toward other areas.
To stimulate such orderly development of muscular coordination, Dr. Montessori originated several exercises. She used the interests of early childhood as their base: running, jumping, racing, chasing, building, pulling, painting, pouring etc.
This manual covers control of movement, care of environment, grace and courtesy.