Children are the future of our world. Yet our world is not simply 7 billion independent souls, but rather millions of connections which form groups, cultures and societies. In Montessori, from the earliest ages, children learn how their actions affect others. Through planned and unplanned social interactions as well as modeling by the teachers, children learn lessons of grace and courtesy. They are given the freedom to do right and the understanding of why. In this manner, the children develop empathy, consideration and the ability to make and maintain friendships.