Why Use the Schaffer Writing Method?

Wilson Hill Academy uses the Jane Schaffer approach in our Fundamentals of Expository Writing class (School of Logic; grades 7 & 8). Those not familiar with the method may want to know why we use it and how it compares with other commonly used approaches such as Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) or the Shurley method. The Schaffer approach is qualitatively different from these other methods, because it guides students into the "Logic" stage

To Proof, or not to Proof?

There is some debate over the study of geometry with and without proof. Here is the perspective of someone who has been teaching geometry in a variety of educational settings (public school, homeschool co-op, and online classical Christian school) and from several different textbooks (including Jurgensen/Brown, Jacobs, and Larson/Boswell/Stiff ) over the last 25 years: To make a familiar comparison, consider studying scripture. If you take a passage of scripture and delve deeply into the

The Great Conversation:

The Great Books8 Jan 2015

Who, What, When, Where, How & Why ... In 1952 Encylcopaedia Britannica published a 54-volume set called Great Books of the Western World, containing what the editors considered to be the most significant works of Western culture. Robert Hutchins, president of the University of Chicago and editor of the series, wrote a lengthy essay entitled The Great Conversation to kick off the project. Hutchins discusses why modern folks should spend time reading the writings of

Not just another state history class!!

“Your State: Who, What, When, Where, How, Why?” will provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn and hone their research and presentation skills. Using the history of the student’s home state as the research topic, students will learn vital research skills which will be needed across a multitude of disciplines in their academic future. We will focus on learning how to decide which resources are valuable and relevant and which are not, as well

Five W’s and an H

Wilson-Hill-Sunset210 Jul 2014

Who, What, When, Where, How and Why? These are basic questions we ask whenever we encounter something new. A child’s first question is often “Why?”, followed by “When will we get there?”. Pastors ask these questions as they study an unfamiliar text. At Wilson Hill Academy we encourage students to start with these questions as they acquire the tools of life-long learning. Many have been asking these questions about Wilson Hill Academy, so we will