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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..." 

 

 

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 - March 2014 AWS Awareness - March 2014

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Date added: 03/04/2014
Date modified: 03/04/2014
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How to Be a Child’s Frontal Lobe, or, Creating a Resilient Child by Opal South, AWS Marketing Director

 

Last weekend Alabama Waldorf School hosted author and educator Kim John Payne for a Friday night lecture and Saturday workshop. A few dozen people, mostly teachers and parents, attended the events, centered around the theme, “Raising a Socially Resilient Child: Breaking the Cycle of Reactivity, Exclusion and Bullying.” For me, the events served as both reminder and inspiration: a reminder for why I believe Waldorf is a key component in raising a healthy family, and inspiration for getting back on the bandwagon, turning away from the screens and back toward routine, rhythm, and play. And not just for the kids, but for the parents, as well...

 

 

Capital Campaign News

 

If you haven’t yet heard the good news, here it is: Alabama Waldorf School’s moving! Because our current location will be razed in 2017, AWS has been on the lookout for a new site the past several years. Earlier this year, on January 6th, we signed a contract for the property at 5901 Crestwood Boulevard - the former Crestwood Christian Church. 

 

 

 

AWS Awareness - July 2013 AWS Awareness - July 2013

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Date added: 07/15/2013
Date modified: 07/18/2013
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What does an Age-Appropriate Curriculum REALLY mean?  by AWS Administrator, Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

One hundred years ago when Rudolf Steiner founded the first Waldorf school, he created an academic curriculum based around milestones in child development. This past April, AWS Administrator Lisa Grupe, Ph.D. led a discussion about how the Waldorf teaching method incorporates principles of child development and important rites of passage in the classroom each year...

 

6th Grade History, by AWS teacher Melissa Downs

“The changes that the students experienced this year were well-met by the sixth grade curriculum, which did an excellent job of anchoring the students in the world. We focused on Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages – time periods in which humans became much more grounded in the realities of earth and more separated from the spiritual world of the gods. Though the Romans worshipped their gods and could be very superstitious, they were more firmly anchored to the material world than the Greeks that we studied in fifth grade..." 

 

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."

 

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