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Clapham Blog

Moments in the Class Four Classroom

by Cheryl Ward, Class Eight Teacher


The first thing that strikes me as I walk into Class Four is the beautiful round spider-web windows on the west wall. They look like Hobbit windows, complete with plants and flowers nestled in the spherical...

From Intelligence to Maturity

by Elise Redfield, Class Four Teacher


As students attend various field trips throughout the Chicago area I constantly hear from employees and other visitors how attentive they are, what intelligent questions they ask, and my own mother tells...

Literacy and Morality

by Katie Hassler, Class Six Teacher

I don’t think I’d have much trouble getting most people in the Clapham community to agree with the statement that it isn’t enough just to be reading—it matters what we read.  Why, though?  Are we just interested...

Literacy and Society

Literacy is a functional necessity in our society today. It was not always so. There was a time when an American farmer or craftsman could live a successful life in dynamic engagement with his community and never be called upon to write more than...

Coming Alive Through Shakespeare: An Experience for a Class Five Student

By Cheryl Ward, Class Eight Teacher

In my three years at Clapham, I have had so many “children-can’t-do-that” moments, only to be surprised that, indeed, they can. It happened with Shakespeare. I remember being handed the script for Comedy of Errors...

Reading Good Books

by Doug Reynolds, Head of School

This year I have enjoyed reading a number of classics from my favorite author, C.S. Lewis. I have basked in the enjoyment of rereading the Space Trilogy, The Abolition of Man, The Great Divorce. Some books I enjoyed...

Choosing the Best Teachers

By Susan Carrion, Director of Instruction


Recently I was directed to take note of the faculty page of the website of another school similar to Clapham. While introducing a school’s teachers and staff is not a rarity in our marketable world, the...

In the Clapham Classroom: the "Ultimate Living Book" in Action

By Jenny Bernthal, Class Two Teacher

Our Bible discussions in Class Two have been very illuminating recently and I wanted to share with you an example of how our students at Clapham learn from God's Word.