The Faithful Hymn

23 Nov 2022

Recently perched in my usual spot at church, I had the unique blessing of hearing my son play a special arrangement of a timely hymn he had thoughtfully composed on his guitar. As the familiar tune of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” resonated throughout the sanctuary, my thoughts swept away to a former day when that great hymn was fashioned from the recesses of some dear soul’s heart. I began to marvel at the thought of

Sometimes Finishing Well Means Leaving Things Undone.

13 May 2022

As a homeschooling parent, this final stretch can feel like a grind. As you assess the lessons remaining in each textbook and consider the date you had hoped to finish them, you may feel anxious or discouraged. Perhaps delving into that exciting history project meant that you didn’t cover as much math as you had hoped. Or you enjoyed such enthusiastic conversations around a novel that you extended the time, and now you are a

Why Study a Language No One Speaks?

9 May 2022

Sometimes students (and parents!) wonder about the benefits of learning classical languages like Latin. Yet we have seen families experience tremendous value in studying this ancient language at Wilson Hill.  From practical benefits like boosting SAT scores to enriching experiences such as reading ancient texts in their original language, the study of Latin equips students for success. For even more benefits, I asked a few of our Wilson Hill Latin teachers to share four reasons

Wilson Hill Alumna to Teach in Bulgaria on a Fulbright Scholarship

6 May 2022

We are excited to share that 2018 Wilson Hill Academy graduate Ashlyn Freemyer has recently been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which will take her to Bulgaria following her May 2022 graduation from Baylor University.  Four years ago, Ashlyn entered Baylor University's selective University Scholars program, designed to allow outstanding students to pursue a liberal education across an array of disciplines. Ashlyn has enjoyed a rich experience at Baylor, which she attributes in part to the

Easter and the Friendship of God

11 Apr 2022

The Decay of Friendship When I read the Passion and Resurrection narratives in the Gospels, I see a theme that is too little engaged within most Christian circles: one which offers us a glimpse into the nature of Jesus’ redemptive work. The theme is friendship. This school year, my students and I have encountered a number of compelling illustrations of friendship in ancient literature—Achilles weeping over Patroclus, Socrates consoling his heartbroken companions before his execution, Aristotle’s grand

Get to Know Our Founders: Nancy & Bob Donaldson

7 Apr 2022

Where did the name 'Wilson Hill' originate? Nancy: In 1846, my great, great grandfather, Doctor Hugh Wilson, traveled from Greenbriar County, Virginia (now West Virginia), to the new state of Texas in a covered wagon, settling where Comanche Indians most certainly still lived. In fact, nearby Columbus was considered as a possible capital of Texas, but there were too many Indians.  That December, he and his family celebrated Christmas on his farm and ranch that would

Mathematics and the Big Questions

30 Mar 2022

What does it mean to teach math from a Biblical worldview? After all, 2 + 2 = 4, regardless of one’s personal beliefs. Before we answer the question, maybe we first need to ask, What exactly is mathematics? If you asked one of my geometry students, she would answer, “Mathematics is the science of patterns and the art of engaging the meaning of those patterns.” Her classmates would give the same response because this is

Discerning Truth

12 Mar 2022

“Once an idea has taken hold in a brain, it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed, fully understood, that sticks.”   —Dominick Cobb, Inception (2010)   Have you ever stopped to really consider how absolutely magical and fantastical an idea is? In some ways, ideas resemble microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. Like those microorganisms, ideas can spread; like their biological cousins, ideas can change and mutate; and perhaps most significantly,

Rescuing Love

14 Feb 2022

Perhaps you have seen or heard the pseudo-wisdom expressed in the slogan “love is love.” What does that mean? In most cases, that slogan is being used to justify an idea that runs directly against what the Bible tells us is genuine love.   Given the confusion surrounding the word “love,” it is really tempting to just scrap the word in favor of a synonym that carries less baggage. This word, however, is worth rescuing. What

Some Things You (My Students) Need to Know About Asking Questions

2 Jan 2022

Many have said that wisdom does not consist in having the right answers but in asking the right questions. This means that the highest expression of wisdom is the perfectly formed question. We remember Socrates for this. Similarly, Confucius once said wisdom is not having knowledge but knowing that you do not know—the natural starting point, one would think, for being an “asker” rather than an “answerer.”    Perhaps for this reason, this essence of wisdom—that