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 children to be grateful seems like the least likely way […]

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Pinocchio and His Habits

By Renee Shear, Class One Teacher Pinocchio is a prime example of what Charlotte Mason would call an ignorant and weak child. His puppet life was riddled with natural consequences of poor decisions and bad habits. Each day during read aloud, my class and I are left laughing, but frustrated, at the latest antics and […]

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Music Education with Children

By Sara Smith, Music Teacher “Music should belong to everyone…there are regions of the human soul which can be illuminated only through music.” Zoltán Kodály Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) was a Hungarian composer whose interest in ethnomusicology and philosophy led him to write many books on music education. He collected folk songs from Hungary, Romania, and […]

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Clapham Curriculum: Handwork

by Kim Sceggel, Class Three Teacher “The human hand is a wonderful and exquisite instrument to be used in a hundred movements exacting delicacy, direction and force; every such movement is a cause of joy as it leads to the pleasure of execution and the triumph of success.” Charlotte Mason Consider the dozens of ways in […]

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Deep Wit: The Fruit of Clapham’s Model

By Elise Redfield, Class Four Teacher “Vex not thou the poet’s mind / With thy shallow wit,” says the poet, Alfred Tennyson. As a fellow learner with my students, I would add: do not vex them with the inanities that we wish to put into their minds. The calling of students is something that has […]

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Joyful Discovery: Composer Study

By Christine Escareño, Curriculum Assistant At our recent Fall Benefit, our speaker Dr. John Seel reminded us of the importance of training the affections, of exposing children to the the good, the true, and the beautiful. Through Composer Study, we expose children to God’s order and beauty by listening to great music, music that has […]

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Joyful Discovery at Clapham: Narration

By Julie Reynolds, Director of Curriculum At Clapham, students narrate across the disciplines.  We encourage our families to narrate with their children at home to help them along in the learning process, but it is sometimes helpful to stop and remind ourselves of the details of narration. So, what exactly is narration? Narration is simply […]

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Joyful Discovery at Clapham: Why Recitation?

By Julie Reynolds, Director of Curriculum Recitation is one way we cultivate poetic knowledge at Clapham. How many of us still remember the verses memorized as a child in the beautiful words of the King James Version?  What images have been formed in our hearts from lines like “Hope is the thing with feathers that […]

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Joyful Discovery at Clapham: Who is Charlotte Mason?

by Julie Reynolds, Director of Curriculum We describe our model as “classical education in an atmosphere of joyful discovery.”  In the coming posts, we will explore this model in a series of articles.  To start off, I thought it might be helpful to answer a few questions about Charlotte Mason.  She is the one who […]

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Joyful Discovery at Clapham: a Deeper Look at a Living Book

by Julie Reynolds, Director of Curriculum In the Charlotte Mason model, one of the give-away characteristics of a living book is its presentation of living ideas.  As Christians, our ultimate source of truth is the Word of God, but cannot good books enhance Christian ideals, in a classical sense, as we read of the good, […]

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