The Enduring Value of Studying Latin and Greek

8 Feb 2024

Do you know the difference between an entomologist and an etymologist? Wilson Hill Latin and Greek students do, especially since they recently took the National Classical Etymology Exam. The National Classical Etymology Exam is a national exam that tests students on their ability to understand English vocabulary words based on their understanding of Latin and Greek. Students compete with other students across the country, and those who do well on this exam are awarded medals

Is Virtue a Goal or a Byproduct of Your Classical Christian Curriculum?

12 Dec 2023

Virtue is a commonly touted aspiration of a classical education—for good reason. An education that forms virtuous students is desirable. What happens, though, when we make virtue the goal instead of a natural byproduct of the educational process? Overemphasizing virtue as a measurable outcome can become a dangerous path for classical Christian educators. If we only focus on producing outwardly moral students, we might miss a precious opportunity to impact future generations. More importantly, we

How to Retain the Integrity of a Classical Education in the Digital Age

29 Nov 2023

For many, the words “classical education” bring to mind medieval images: candlelit libraries with soaring ceilings enclosing shelves full of ancient (and dusty) leather-bound volumes; strange tales of ancient wars and mythical gods; deep philosophical treatises by Plato or Aristotle; or the ruins of antiquity in Athens and Rome. With the resurgence of classical Christian schools over the past 30 to 40 years, a new generation is learning to appreciate both the beauty and the

4 Strategies for Reclaiming Family Time in Your Homeschool Schedule

15 Nov 2023

Do your children spend all day working through their courses only to stay up late finishing schoolwork? Are too many weekends consumed with studying? And are family activities set aside to complete school projects? School at home promises more freedom and time together, but for many families, the boundaries between school work and family time become increasingly blurred. You can design and implement a thoughtful homeschool plan and still find yourself supervising schoolwork around the

Why Learning How to Write Will Prepare Your Student to Think Well

14 Sep 2023

Years ago, when I first began teaching, my headmaster gave me some invaluable advice on teaching writing. Quoting the poet and philosopher Walter Kaufmann, he told me, “Writing is thinking in slow motion.” In other words, learning how to write is not something separate from learning how to think.  His words continue to inform my instruction today and aptly express what we emphasize across our curriculum at Wilson Hill: writing is essential for learning how

Classical Education Podcast Invites Wilson Hill Founders to Tell Their Story

Co-founders of Wilson Hill, Bob and Nancy Donaldson.20 Mar 2023

Wilson Hill co-founders, Nancy and Bob Donaldson, joined Davies Owens on the “BaseCamp Live” podcast in January to discuss their calling to classical Christian education almost thirty years ago and their exciting—and faith-building—journey to launch and shepherd Wilson Hill Academy. Part of that journey involved coming to the realization that they wanted their own children to experience the joy of classical Christian education.  Nancy explains, "Through Susan Schaeffer Macaulay and her book, For the Children’s

A Most Precious and Unexpected Gift

10 Dec 2019

I remember the moment clearly, now several years past, when I clicked the “Buy now” button to secure my 7th grade son’s first seat in an online classroom. I was instantly fearful. I’d just spent a lot of money on what might be a total dud. A real teacher was going to teach my child “in-real-life” through the computer? How was that supposed to work? What if the teacher was boring, incompetent or unorganized? Was