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AWS Awareness - Apr 2013 AWS Awareness - Apr 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 - July 2013 AWS Awareness - July 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 - Nov 2013 AWS Awareness - Nov 2013

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November 2013

 

Why Cursive Counts by AWS Administrator, Lisa Grupe, Ph.D.

 

Last month, I was subbing for the Spanish teacher in the combined 4th and 5th grade class. Unable to teach immersion-style as Waldorf foreign language teachers do, I decided to have the students write letters to Señor Spezzini about the things they liked and disliked: “Me gusta ______. No me gusta _________.”  Before they started writing they asked me, (or, shall I say, they whined to me), “Do we have to write in cursive?” A teachable moment was upon me. “Of course!” I said. “Cursive helps you to keep your thought processes going because the letters are joined just like your thoughts are!”

 

 

AWS Brand Receives Timely TLC, including new mission and vision statements

 

The mission of Alabama Waldorf School is to cultivate healthy, confident, compassionate learners who excel academically, socially, and civically.

The vision of Alabama Waldorf School is to be a beacon for the Birmingham community, offering a vibrant future grounded in an engaged, compassionate, and insightful understanding of the world.

AWS Awareness 2010-05 AWS Awareness 2010-05

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Date added: 01/25/2012
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Administrator's Ad Lib

When I was first a Waldorf teacher, I thought it was the students that were different.  Different in a good way.  Thoughtful.  Open.  Inquisitive.  Other-oriented.  Ready to challenge.  Honest.  By the time 5th grade rolled around, I realized it was the parents who were different.  Parents who had chosen a feeling-based, whole-child education for their children.

 

Happy Days Are Here Again!
With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it is time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy the Spring Festival called Holi. Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the happiest and most fun-filled Hindu festival. It is an occasion that brings joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, a delicious variety of foods and, of course, lots of bright colors!

AWS Awareness 2010-04 AWS Awareness 2010-04

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Date added: 04/09/2010
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Monday, April 5, 2010

3rd Grade Gardening
from Melissa Downs

“We have been using Wednesday afternoons to prepare and plant our garden. Each student had three square feet of space and chose three different vegetables to plant. Before we ever put seeds in the garden, we tilled the soil, added some soil amendments,  and built little one-foot fences to mark out the different garden plots. Then we planted our cool weather vegetables – carrots, peas, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, beets, radishes, and onions. And just before spring break, we were rewarded with the sight of many seedlings!”

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