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Clapham Blog

The Good Soil Study - A Middle School Perspective

Seven years ago, I knew nothing about classical education . . . absolutely nothing. Today, I’m certainly not an expert on classical pedagogy, but I DO know what the word “pedagogy” means, and even how to pronounce it, and that is significant...

The Good Soil Study - A Lower School Perspective

Maybe you’re like me and have kids spanning a variety of ages. My oldest is 13 and my youngest is 3, with a few kids sprinkled in between. The benefit of having this age span is that we’re not so surprised any more by the antics of a...

Long-Term Family Vacation Planning: Making Memories with Intention

Last year, with our oldest turning eight and our youngest out of diapers, we realized that we were entering the golden era of family vacations. We had, at most, a ten-year window in which to accomplish whatever travel priorities we had as a...

10 Things I am Thankful for in 2020 - the Year of the Pandemic!

Practicing gratitude has become something of a trend lately—as if developing an inner sense of thankfulness has numerous mental and physical health benefits is new information! Don't get me wrong; I'm glad it is 'trending' just puzzled to some...

The Student Becomes The Master: A Mom's Joyful Discovery

When I think about how Clapham school has influenced our family, my heart overflows with gratitude. To list the things I am thankful for could take up an entire blog post: the culture, ideas, habits, and training that have permeated the way we...

Student Harnessing Entrepreneurial Skills For The Benefit of Others

Before Chris and I had children of our own, we chose to sponsor two children through Compassion International. Habtamu is now 21, and Jose is 12, and it has been a joy for Ellie and Weston to write letters to them, share about life, encourage...

Summer 2020 Reading Suggestions

It is that time of the year again: cold snow turns into humid days, dark mornings turn into long, bright days, and strenuous school hours turn into carefree leisure time. Every year the Clapham community put their heads together and come up with...

Clapham School's 2020 Washington DC Trip

Written by Heidi Thomason

A lot happens at Clapham that parents are not privy to, and the Washington D.C. Trip is just such an event. Fortunately parent volunteers can be our eyes and ears on the ground. One of these parent volunteers, Heidi...