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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 2011-01 AWS Awareness 2011-01

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Date added: 02/12/2011
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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 2010-05 AWS Awareness 2010-05

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Date added: 05/12/2010
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Monday, May 10th, 2010

 

Waldorf / Montessori comparison

How are Waldorf Schools and Montessori Schools alike/different? I love this question because I love the story that answers it. Legend has it that Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner met after the first World War to discuss how best to heal society after such devastating tragedy.  Both scientists and philosophers, they agreed that education of the future generation was the key for a healthy future. Montessori felt that in Italy, all people ever did was feel, feel, feel, and they never THOUGHT about ANYthing. Steiner felt that people in Germany engaged in plenty of thinking, but it wasn’t permeated with any FEELING. So, they each created an educational method that provided balance in their respective societies.

6th/7th Grade Spanish - Jose Marti

Senora Mixon took advantage of a call for artwork surrounding the topic of the White Rose, a nonviolent resistance movement in Germany during World War II. Students translated Jose Marti’s poem, “I Cultivate a White Rose,” and then completed artistic renderings using pastels. Children ages 3 to 18 years have sent in artistic responses to the theme of the courage to stand alone in the face of unjust practices.

AWS Awareness 2011-09 AWS Awareness 2011-09

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Date added: 09/26/2011
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Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The Connection between Arts and Academics

“Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences gained credibility in the 1980s, but Steiner’s Waldorf curriculum had already put the gist of that theory into practice by 1920! Students learn in different ways. It’s not rocket science and yet, most common educational methods ignore this basic premise. What Steiner knew was that DOING was the key to learning..."

Announcing the opening of…Gerda’s Gallery

"In honor of our AWeSome Benefactress, Gerda Carmichael, graduate of Manhattan’s Rudolf Steiner School and grandparent of 5th grader Lucia, AWS is dedicating a new space to display students’ artwork. Faculty and Staff will nominate outstanding artwork to be displayed in the preschool hallway..."

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:

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