Grace and Courtesy in the Elementary Classroom

by Elise Huneke-Stone

this article explores the concept of "Grace and courtesy" as it applies to the life of a 6 to 12 year old. It originally appeared in the namta journal, a publication of the north american montessori teachers association.


" is the adult’s responsibility to make sure the elementary children have the opportunity to form a practice society, and then we need to support that formation. We can’t do this work for them, and when we try, we deprive them of the very thing that they are driven to do for themselves."


Enjoy the full text of this article from 6-12 Director of Training Elise Huneke Stone here


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Originally from Connecticut, Elise Huneke-Stone came to Portland in 1980 to attend Reed College, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology. She earned her AMI Elementary diploma in 1987 and her Primary diploma in 2010, and has a Masters in Education from Loyola University Maryland. With twenty-one years of classroom experience, Elise has taught at both lower and upper elementary levels, and is an Oregon Registry Master Trainer. She is mother to Virginia and Sara, both Montessori educated, and wife to David Ayer, a Montessori primary/adolescent teacher and administrator. Elise and David were program developers and teachers for the Montessori Adolescent Project NW in Portland and spent three years as resident faculty at the Hershey Montessori Farm School in Ohio. Elise spent an additional two years in residence at Hershey during her Training of Trainers. She worked for several summers at the NAMTA Orientation to Adolescence, has presented at AMI-EAA and NAMTA events, and served for six years on the board of the Oregon Montessori Association. In addition to her Montessori work, Elise has worked with families as a certified natural childbirth educator and doula.

Posted on November 14, 2017 and filed under Elementary, From MNW Staff.