Coquihalla Climbing the hill

Homeschooling Journal Week 14

In my life this week…

As I mentioned last week we travelled to the coast last weekend to go to an Irish Dance Feis. Everybody had fun even though there is a lot of waiting between dances. Both my sets of parents were able to attend so we had lots of time to chat. My daughter managed to place fourth in one of her dances and got a medal. My son has just moved up a level in his best dance and is competing at a higher level and thus didn’t place. We always tell them that the important thing is to have fun and do their best but they are both very competitive.

Irish Dance

I taunted Murphy last week when I talked about driving over the Coquihalla. As we were leaving Vancouver and driving through band after band of heavy rain, I was looking at web-cams of the highway as it winds through the mountains. When you can no longer tell where the road is there is a problem. The last town before we start up the mountains is called Hope. We got that far, still in rain and made the decision to find a hotel for the night. It was 9:30 and we just didn’t feel it was safe.

We were followed into the hotel by another person who had made the same decision. The next morning we met another couple that had also decided against crossing at night. They had met a women that had crossed it coming the other way and it was hours of white knuckle driving. When she got to Hope she was too tired and stressed to go any further.

In the morning we continued on our way. It was a much nicer and most importantly safer drive. We still had to be careful. We got to see a Tow Plow, something I had never seen before. Apparently they are rather new on our highways. We also saw a standard sight of all the semi overflowing the chain up area preparing to climb the mountain.

Coquihalla Climbing the hill
Climbing the hill. Its steeper than it looks.

Coquihalla Summit

At the top.

Tow Plow
Tow Plow (Source: Wikipedia user: SnowKing1)

Not the Coquihalla but I didn’t get a picture of the plow so I grabbed one from Wikipedia.

In our homeschool this week…

This week we tried something different to get ourselves out of the “No Work Getting Done Blues”. I gave him a set of goals in each subject that I wanted done this week and if they were not done they would be homework. I helped but he still has homework. The interesting bit was his method. Tuesday he did all his math amongst other things. Wednesday he did his writing and so forth. The problem was he did the stuff he likes first and left the stuff he doesn’t for last. Guess what he has for homework.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Not homeschooling but anyways.

If you don’t feel the road is safe to drive stay over somewhere. It isn’t the end of the world.

My favorite thing this week was…

I should probably say something along the line of watching my kids dance or visiting with family and those were good. However my favorite thing was staying in a nice hotel.

What’s working/not working for us…

I’m not quite ready to give a thumbs up to the goal based approach but so far so good.

I’m reading…

I bought the first three of these books for my son based on a recommendation in another homeschooler’s blog that I can’t for the life of me remember. My wife read the first one in the series then the other two I had bought, then bought the remaining three and read those as well. She then told me that I would also really like them and told me that she liked them more than the Percy Jackson Series. I am about halfway through the first one and I am quite enjoying it. My son has yet to read any of them but in his defence he has recently discovered ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ plus his parents stole the books away from him.

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3 thoughts on “Homeschooling Journal Week 14”

  1. Wow! Look at that snow! I’m happy to report that Maine has not received more than a dusting of snow at this time. ::contented sigh:: My youngest son isn’t so happy about that though as he can’t wait for piles and piles of snow! LOL

    Congrats to your kids for their performances!

  2. We are down in a valley between mountain ranges. Still fairly high up but not a high as these passes. We had a couple of inches early in the season. It was enough to make snowmen but only lasted one day. To put in in perspective. The photo of us at the top is the same height as Sugarloaf Mountain and the mountains to the side go much higher. The next pass we went through was 1500 feet higher but had received much less snow.

    I learned something new today. When I searched for highest point in Maine it came up with Sugarloaf and I went it can’t be that high, I’ve walked up it. No, I’ve walked up the one in Massachusetts with all my cousins.

    And just because I hate being inaccurate the first article I read was wrong the highest point in Maine is actually Mount Katahdin.

  3. That snow is amazing. Being from the deep south, I would be holed up if I found myself in this neck of the woods. Love the picture of your two dancers. Thanks for linking up to Its a Wrap.

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