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Waldorf FAQs Waldorf FAQs

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Date added: 07/03/2013
Date modified: 07/03/2013
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Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Waldorf Education here!

Including...

  • What is Waldorf Education?
  • Is Waldorf Similar to Montessori?
  • How does Waldorf Education prepare children for the "real" world?
  • Are Waldorf schools religious?
  • Are Waldorf graduates successful?
  • What is the benefit of teaching reading at a more intense pace?

  • Why do Waldorf schools recommend limiting media for children?
  • What if my child does not get along with the teacher s/he is looping with?
  • What is the tuition at Alabama Waldorf School? Is there financial assistance available?

AWS Awareness Apr/May 2014 AWS Awareness Apr/May 2014

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Date added: 05/14/2014
Date modified: 05/14/2014
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Common Core Curriculum: A Waldorf Response

 

...[In the 1990s and early 21st century,] the internet, 9/11, charter schools, Head Start programs, and the push to dominate the global market all figured prominently into the educational goals set forth by the government, "No Child Left Behind," being a culmination of all of these motivators. All the while, the basic development of the child was unchanged; all the while the focus on the child took a backseat to the focus on the nation.

 

 

Waldorf Graduates: Onward and Upward

 

Read about where AWS and other Waldorf alumni are now!

"8th Grade AWS students received wonderful news regarding their future high school plans: they were accepted to the programs they applied to, including Shades Valley High School's Visual Arts and Engineering programs, The Altamont School, and Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School."

AWS Awareness 2012-05 AWS Awareness 2012-05

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Date added: 05/22/2012
Date modified: 02/24/2014
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May 2012

Anthroposophy: It's not just a Tongue Twister -- Anthro…what? Anth-ro-POS-ophy. I like to think of it as a combination of anthropology and philosophy—the study of mankind. And why do you care? Because it’s the philosophical basis for Waldorf education. In a nutshell, it’s what makes us different. And that means it’s at least partially why you chose AWS for your child's schooling and why your child’s teacher chooses AWS as a place to work...

Jaimen McMillan Visits AWS!  ...His (Jaimen's) lecture focused around the idea that we don’t need to ban digital media, as much as we need to be educated about it, especially before exposing a child to it. So, how can you prepare a child for exposure to virtual reality? How can you strengthen them so that they are not taken in by what they are watching?...

AWS Awareness 2012-03 AWS Awareness 2012-03

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Date added: 04/10/2012
Date modified: 05/23/2012
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March/April 2012

National Screen-Free Week is April 30th through May 6th. Turn off your screens and give your eyes and brains a rest from celluloidal stress!! Each day of Screen-Free Week, AWS will be hosting outdoor and indoor games and activities the whole family can enjoy...

Field Trip Fun, "Down on the Farm" -- The 3rd grade class recently visited Heron Hollow Farm to try their hand at farming for a day. The children began by mastering the art of milking a goat, which requires a two-part effort of distracting and mollifying the goats by feeding them oats while they are being milked. It takes a firm hand and lots of oats to fill a gallon jar!

AWS Awareness 2012-02 AWS Awareness 2012-02

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Date added: 03/02/2012
Date modified: 03/02/2012
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Dispelling the Myth Regarding Grades in Waldorf Schools... Yes, we give them!

...Grades students are taught in subject blocks that typically last about 4 weeks. During this time, students create lesson books on the subject being studied, whether Roman History, Acoustics, or Algebra. Because they don't carry around textbooks, they make their own; and it is an active, engaging process that engenders a sense of accomplishment at the end of each block. The block test is a good grading tool, then, because it assesses what the student retained from the entire four weeks. The block grade is comprised of an average of the lesson bookwork, the test, and classroom participation (including any required reports/projects)..."

History in 6th and 7th Grades

As part of their block on medieval history, middle school students in Ms. Powell’s class had to “live” out the history they were studying by participating in “The Squire’s Challenge.” In addition to the lesson work, students had to “contribute to the well-being and progress” of their class, the whole school, and their neighborhood, church, or community organization...

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