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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 - May 2013 AWS Awareness - May 2013

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Date added: 04/29/2013
Date modified: 04/29/2013
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The Adaptibility of AWS by Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

What does AWS have in common with bacteria? Adaptability! Bacteria continue to proliferate, adapt and morph even in the face of modern medicine. They are amazing microorganisms, adapting to almost any threat and emerging stronger as a result. In its almost 30 year history, AWS has met many challenges and, as a result, it has become more streamlined, more nimble, and more efficient. 

 

Waldorf Olympics 2013 by AWS Parent, Dave Hall

Dave Hall participated in the 5th graders' 2013 Southeastern Waldorf Olympics as a chaperone. In this excerpt from his blog post he writes about how the experience went beyond his expectations

"...What I didn’t know was how drawn in I would become, how in two short days I would come to care for and take a special interest in kids I’ll probably never see again, or how vital I would come to see this experience and how awesome it is I have a wife who’d be so insistent that this is the way our children would be educated."

AWS Awareness - Apr 2013 AWS Awareness - Apr 2013

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Date added: 04/05/2013
Date modified: 04/05/2013
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In the April 2013 edition of the AWS Awareness...

- Live and Silent Auction Donors make possible our 2013 Gala Fundraiser! Join us this coming Sunday, April 7th for our Spring Soiree at the Clubhouse on Highland from 5-8pm! See the Awareness for details.

- Research supports what Waldorf preschools already know: promoting curiosity in the young child is a direct path toward the development of critical and creative thinking skills.

- Classroom Clips: Watercolor paintings in 5th grade North American Geography, Physics in Grades 6 and 7, and AWS 3rd graders train for, write, and perform a Circus!

AWS Awareness - Feb 2013 AWS Awareness - Feb 2013

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Date added: 02/27/2013
Date modified: 04/05/2013
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Biennial State of the School Address: Where we're going and how we plan to get There!

 

On Thursday, February 7th, parents and teachers met in the school auditorium to hear Administrator Lisa Grupe’s biennial State of the School address. After being asked to complete a brief survey (see results in the sidebar), Dr. Grupe led a powerpoint presentation which gave a brief overview of the school’s historical benchmarks, how we got where we are today, and what we need to do to become sustainable, both as a nonprofit business and an educational community. 

 

 

Astronomy in Grade 6

The following is an excerpt from a typical 3-week Astronomy Block Rotation. This particular Astronomy block was taught in Ms. Grupe’s combined 5th/6th grade class...“The skills that the students develop with compass and straight edge will be put to use again as we depict the arcs and circles that describe the paths of the stars in different quadrants of the sky.  Our study of Astronomy will be based primarily on observations made with the unaided eye."

 

AWS Awareness - Nov 2012 AWS Awareness - Nov 2012

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Date added: 11/30/2012
Date modified: 11/30/2012
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The Role of Homework in Waldorf Schools - Rudolf Steiner's view on homework went something like this: "You can give students homework, but it won't do any good -- it is not a learning experience." Daily homework at Waldorf schools does not start until the students are developmentally ready for it. Giving students regular homework when they are 7, 8, or 9 years old is (as parents of children these ages can attest) really just giving homework to the parents! At Alabama Waldorf School, daily homework begins in earnest in Grade 6, but the build-up is gradual...

 

Roman History in Grade 6"One of the reasons that I think the sixth graders find Rome so appealing is that Rome was very adolescent in nature. Strong emotions often motivate the strong personalities in Roman history. Remus was jealous of his brother who was taking control of their new city. Romulus killed him in a rage after Remus’ jealous taunting. Much later, Hasdrubal holds such a grudge against the Romans that he makes his young son, Hannibal, promise to never be a friend to Rome. In addition to their strong emotions, the Romans had high ideals (also much like the sixth graders), such as courage, loyalty, and honor, which were worth more than life..." 

 

 

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