A Focus on “Math in Focus”

One of the oldest proverbial sayings in the English language is, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”  If there are any of you out there that still insist on calculating math solutions with a slide rule (or who even remember what a slide rule is!), you know what I mean. As the march of time presses on, I tend to resist change, especially for change for change’s sake. If something has worked well

Reflections on Our First Year

CologneCathedral23 Jul 2015

I’ve often imagined what it would have been like to live in AD 1249. What, you may ask, was so special about the year 1249? The Mongols overrunning China? The Crusades to reclaim the Holy Land? These are indeed fascinating events in history, but I am referring to a certain building project that was one-year old in 1249. One year prior, in the city of Cologne, Germany, on August 15, 1248, the foundation stone was

Summer Reading

Books-Wide22 Jul 2015

Several years ago I read a book by Ken Hughes called Disciplines of a Godly Man. The main theme of the book deals with imitating older, wiser men and their godly habits. One such habit he discusses is reading. Hughes challenged me to think more deeply about what I read, and at the end of the book he listed several well-known leaders in the church, and he included a list of their favorite books. Knowing

National Classical Exam Awards

Wilson Hill Academy is pleased to announce the names of students who achieved honors on the 2014-15 National Classical Exams. Fifteen Wilson Hill Academy students earned honors on the National Latin Exam (NLE), six on the National Mythology Exam (NME), and a whopping twenty-three on the brand new National Latin Vocabulary Exam (NLVE). A special shoutout belongs to Grace Oliver who earned the Latin Exam Trifecta, medaling on the NLE, NCVE, and NME, earning a

Valedictory Address

What an honor it is to be named the valedictorian of the first graduating class of Wilson Hill Academy. I still remember that first day of online Latin class the summer before I officially entered high school. Little did I know then that I was about to embark on a journey, not always smooth and easy, but always incredibly rich and rewarding. My online classical Christian education has taught me to count learning as a

Math Foundations

Quadratic_formula.svg3 Jun 2015

On what rock should your mathematical house be built? In Matthew 7:24-27, the wise man built his house upon the rock. In all branches of mathematics, knowledge is built on previous learning, so for the higher mathematics courses, what is that secure foundation? Many suppose, erroneously, that it is the work done with arithmetic in the early grades. While manipulation of numbers cannot be discounted in importance, the real bedrock is algebraic studies, specifically Algebra

Is Summer School for Me?

Summertime129 Apr 2015

In today's world, there is an ever-greater pressure for more. We see it in youth sports programs, a growing move toward year-round schooling, college entrance exam prep programs and everything in between. As a Classical Christian school seeking to prepare students for college and beyond, this is not a topic that we can afford to avoid. What should be our approach to offering summer school classes?  There are always more great books to read, more

Creative Nonfiction – Telling Your Story

Whats the Story23 Apr 2015

What is creative nonfiction? Is it playing loose and fast with the facts of a true story? Is it taking a true story and smudging the details to make a better, more interesting account? Absolutely not. As Lee Gutkind explains in You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, creative nonfiction is defined as “true stories well told.” A writer can express her true account as an essay, journal article, research paper, memoir, book, or a poem.

Getting to Know You

Petro-Pavlosk Fortress from across the Neva7 Apr 2015

Petro-Pavlosk Fortress from across the Neva Education is often about relationships.  Good teachers love their students, love their subjects, and most of all, love introducing their students to those who have been their own teachers.  And books give us all the opportunity to learn from "teachers" who have committed their thoughts to print.  This is where the WHA "Get to Know ..." series of elective classes comes from. Our first offering in this series was

Latin for All Ages

Jerzy Siemiginowski-Eleuter26 Mar 2015

Late-17th-century illustration of a passage from the Georgics by Jerzy Siemiginowski-Eleuter Weekly vocabulary lists, practice sentences, and yet another paradigm are the constant companions of the Latin student. And when you start Latin in third grade, this goes on for years. As a Latin teacher now, I love this idea! Spending years helping students master Latin grammar is my idea of fun. Looking back to when I was a Latin student, though, my devotion to