Monthly Archives: December 2008

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Old Lange Syne is  a Scottish tune written by Robert Burns and you can learn the meaning of the song here.

English Lyrics:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
And surely I’ll buy mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.


World History Blog

From the about section: Blog of Miland Brown that features different aspects of world history. I can not cover it all but sites dealing with any historical issue or topic are possible future posts. Also includes sites which discuss teaching history. I am an academic in North America.

World History Blog

Homeschool Lessons and Christmas

I’m getting into the Christmas spirit a little late this year due to a busy schedule.  Oh, I’ve got most of the presents made, purchased or wrapped and I’ve even got a batch of fudge and some cookies made.  But for whatever reason, the shaky economy, no little kids around or who knows what, it just wasnt’ happening until my cousins came by this week-end and the spirit began to emerge.    Seeing them and talking about past holidays and relatives who are no longer with us reminded me all the wonderful Christmas holidays we shared and enjoyed.

That was Saturday.  Sunday I realized that I still had a lot to do so I entered into my one  day of feeling overwhelmed.  As I was getting mildly (my description) cranky my youngest son sweetly took me aside to see what he could do to help. At first I was resistant, not wanting to lose control, but he lovingly coaxed me back into a sane state and helped me to split up the chores that needed to be done before Wednesday. With the weight of the perfect Christmas off my shoulders, I was able to proceed and we did get a great deal done the rest of day, and more importantly we  enjoyed the activities and one another.

What does my Christmas story have to do with homeschooling?  I recall  there being homeschool moments when one of us in our family would get  a set idea of what homeschooling should LOOK like and wonder or declare that changes were needed.   Sometimes it was true and changes were needed and we would make the necessary adjustments.  Other times our perception was off, similar to  my unrealistic Christmas expectations  and we would remind ourselves that we were simply being impatient with the process and would get back on track of finding the resources and opportunities that best met the needs of each child.

I was reminded of this  with my son’s gentle  nudge yesterday.   Right after his nudge, we  brought out the wooden  fireplace that my Dad built for me, many, many years ago.  I was a big Santa fan and it dawned on  me one year there was no fireplace for Sanata to enter our house so I begged and pleaded for one of those cardboard ones.  Now, there isn’t a thing wrong with a cardboard fireplace, but my Dad was a display maker by trade.    I was sorely disappointed for weeks before Christmas that year that we did not purchase the cardboard variety, but I was overjoyed when my Dad placed the fireplace in the photo below in our living room that Christmas Eve, complete with logs and a fire.   The fireplace was passed onto me several years ago and has become one of our traditions, despite  the fact that our wall space has diminished as new pieces of furniture have taken up residence.  I’m thankful to say that another tradition that I see my son has learned is the art of caring and helping his mother to keep things in their proper perspective.  Who could ask for more?

Mary's fireplace

From my house to yours, no matter what your holiday of choice may be,  I’d like to wish  you a peaceful and wondeful holiday surrounded by your loved ones and a healthy, enjoyable homeschool year to come.

Math Cracker – Free Math Help Site

I was looking for some free tutorials to share here and found Math Cracker.

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