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AWS Awareness 2010-11 AWS Awareness 2010-11

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Friday, November 12th, 2010

Eurythmy Student brings Steiner’s unique Art Form to AWS

Eurythmy student Joshua Eckland is completing his practicum for his Euruythmy Certification at Alabama Waldorf School. For three weeks in November Joshua brings lessons to AWS’ Kindergarten and grades classes. AWS parent Rachel Cornelius and Ms. Carole accompany Mr. Eckland’s musical eurythmy exercises on the piano.

Learning outside of the Classroom: AWS Field trips!

On October 26th, Ms. Lucas’ 3rd graders traveled to Pell City as part of their Farming Block curriculum. Hollow Springs Farm owner Chris Bennett was kind enough to mention our students in his newsletter:

AWS Awareness 2011-01 AWS Awareness 2011-01

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Friday, January 7th, 2011

HOLIDAY FAIRE 2011…

Thanks to all of you... for making this Holiday Faire one of the most beautifully decorated ever! Vendors’ goods were perfect for Christmas shopping, the bake sale and lunch buffet were delectable nourishment for body and soul, and the music was entertaining.

Learning Parts of Speech in 3rd Grade,
from Ms. Lucas

Using characters, like the one pictured above, engages otherwise reluctant students into lessons about grammar and parts of speech. Ms. Lucas told her students stories about King Noun the Namer, whose job it was to name things in his kingdom. His wife, Queen Adjective, was responsible for describing the things King Noun named.  The energetic Sir Verb is always doing things, running or walking from one activity to the next.

AWS Awareness 2011-02 AWS Awareness 2011-02

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Synaptic Pruning

What is synaptic pruning? Why does it matter? As usual, this month’s “Ad Lib” comes from a stimulating conversation I had with a prospective parent. She ..

Summer Camp

Wondering what the kids will do this summer without the reliable, rhythmic AWS day? Look no further than your own school hallway! With camps being offered for both preschool and grades students, your kids can enjoy summer on AWS playgrounds and in the classrooms!

AWS Awareness 2011-03 AWS Awareness 2011-03

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Friday, March 11th, 2011

Movement Education

Last weekend at the Jaimen McMillan Workshops, I learned a lot more about WHY our approach to physical education is different. So it’s in this month’s Admin Adlib that I’d like to share some of what Jaimen brought during this incredibly insightful and useful conference on Movement Education

Pentathalon

The annual Waldorf Pentathlon is an honored rite of passage for Waldorf 5th graders. As with all Waldorf curriculum, the pentathlon teaches to the developmental stage, celebrating the student’s “golden year,” the time when they are searching for form and meaning in how things work–the mechanics–and finding it in the formula of learning and applying these pentathlon events. They are taught the exact sequence of movements to, for example, throw a javelin and when the javelin flies as expected, the student sees her formula realized.

AWS Awareness 2011-04 AWS Awareness 2011-04

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Friday, April 8th, 2011

One teacher for eight years?! A Response to Concerns about Looping

A Nursery parent kindly commented the other day, “I really love the Waldorf philosophy and can see how it makes sense for my preschool child, but I’m worried about Waldorf elementary school because of the way the teachers loop through the grades...what if my child doesn’t like his teacher and is stuck with him for 8 long years?” As a former Kindergarten through 8th grade looping teacher, myself, I have much to say on the subject!

AWS Alumni receive top honors!

Congratulations to Janine Mwenja and Alex Kilpatrick on their recent honors! Both Jeanine and Alex were voted into the National Honor Society, and the Spanish National Honor Society. As part of their 11th grade curriculum at the Jefferson Cty Int’l Baccaleureate School, students take advantage of work-study opportunities. Janine has been contributing her talents and skills to the architectural projects at Giattina-Aycock.

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