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

Benefits of Learning Spanish

Why bother learning Spanish (or any foreign language)? And in particular, why should you consider enrolling your children in Spanish classes at WHA? And why should he or she press on toward the goal of mastering a foreign language? English is my second language. I started learning it in my childhood, so I know what it takes. I also began teaching my children English as a second language when they were very young (around 3

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