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AWS Awareness - Feb 2013 AWS Awareness - Feb 2013

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Date added: 02/27/2013
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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..." 

 

 

AWS Awareness - Sept/Oct 2012 AWS Awareness - Sept/Oct 2012

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Date added: 10/10/2012
Date modified: 10/11/2012
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Administrator Ad Lib by Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

This time of year in the life of a school is one of many “firsts.” Certainly, we welcome First Graders into the Elementary program; we also welcome new students into many of the other grades... Personally, it is a favorite time for me. I reflect back on my own Waldorf journey which began a dozen years ago when I started the journey through the grades with my own four-person First Grade class with our “Rose Ceremony” in the Auditorium. This summer I had the opportunity to sit with one of those four students -- now, unbelievably, 17 years old! -- at a college recruiting fair, Colleges That Change Lives. While college may seem a long way off for many of you, some research was shared at this fair that seems relevant to all of you...

Economics in the 6th Grade by Class Teacher, Melissa Downs

With the money-based economy, we looked specifically at the development of businesses, banking, and paper money. Using an imaginary candy factory, we looked at the flow of materials and money through businesses.

AWS Awareness 2012-05 AWS Awareness 2012-05

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Date added: 05/22/2012
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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!

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