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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 - 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 2010-04 AWS Awareness 2010-04

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Date added: 04/09/2010
Date modified: 05/23/2012
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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!”

AWS Awareness 2010-05 AWS Awareness 2010-05

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Date added: 01/25/2012
Date modified: 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 - Nov 2013 AWS Awareness - Nov 2013

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Date added: 10/29/2013
Date modified: 10/29/2013
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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.

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