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Clapham Blog

Felting Feelies Fosters the Habit of Attention in Youngsters

When I began teaching felting to seven- and eight-year-olds, I was curious to see if they could give steady, focused attention to the task. After all, felting, as is the case with all handwork, requires much patience before any visible results...

Robots and Relationships: Reflections on the Science of Relations

One unhelpful way to view education is this: that our job as educators is to infuse knowledge into kids’ minds, to pepper them with facts until they can dutifully fill in the blank on a test and receive that laudable A. The goal here for students...

How to Talk to Friends about Clapham School

Have you ever found yourself wanting to talk to your friends about the incredible education students are receiving at Clapham School, but you have trouble sharing the basics? You’re not alone! In our fast-paced world, it can be difficult to...

Diligence and Joy

Today I’m going to unpack the third aspect of our school’s mission, which states that “Clapham School inspires students with an education...approached with diligence and joy.

3 Tips to Help Your Children Develop Gratitude

Gratitude is one of those qualities we all know we should practice more. In our busy family lives it can be challenging to find the right ways to develop a sense of gratitude in our kids without coming across as nagging. After all, telling your...

Charlotte Mason and the Growth Mindset

Good evening and thank you so much for coming to this evening’s Curriculum Night. I know it’s another evening event in what is generally already a busy week for most of us. But I feel that it’s so central and important for us to cometogether, and...

What Is Joyful Discovery?

At Clapham School we talk a lot about cultivating joyful discovery, but what do we actually mean by that phrase? First, let me begin by saying what joyful discovery is not. Joyful discovery is not watching TV, surfing the internet or playing...

The Liberal Arts of the Trivium (pt. 1)

The liberal arts have fallen on hard times. Of course, I don’t mean that bachelor’s degrees from liberal arts colleges are in decline. The presidents of liberal arts colleges across the nation can wax eloquent about the importance of the “liberal...