17 Aug, 2020 Homeschool Music Ideas For Your School Year
Add some harmony to your homeschooling by including music.
Have Fun Singing Hymns Together as a Family Every Day! Years ago, Christians sang hymns together. Sometimes the songs sounded more like dirges and often they were pitched so high only the young girls could reach the high notes. Now, these old songs have gone out of vogue. But do you realize the great words of faith and praise that are in hymns? Trust and Obey says “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” True words. What about How Firm a foundation? One verse says, “What more can He say than to you He has said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled.” Powerful truth about the solid foundation of Jesus’ Words in the Bible.
God reminds us to make music and speak to one another with songs, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). The Bible also says: I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises (Hebrews 2:12). There are many other places in the Bible where God tells us to sing together. Your family may never be ready to go on the road as a singing group, and that’s okay. Even if one person cannot carry a tune in a bucket, sing together. You will not regret time spent teaching your kids the words to the classic hymns.
An addition to your homeschool repertoire could be hymns, sung either from a hymnal or from an online source. When looking for homeschool music ideas one album we recommend is “Hymns” by Shane and Shane. Sing them as a family. If you have a pianist, guitar player, ukulele player or other musician in your house, have them learn a few hymns and practice together. If you have no live accompaniment, you can find online hymn sites that include music accompaniment so you can learn the tunes if you don’t know them.
Singing together as a family is really fun. Here are some ideas of when to sing and how to get started.
- Choose a hymn of the week. Sing it after the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem each morning, or after lunch or dinner. After a week, everyone will probably know at least the first verse by heart.
- Let each child choose a different hymn each day. He or she gets to lead it, of course.
- Sing around the table after dinner. Have everyone participate.
- Sing when you drive to activities. We are slowly adding activities back in after a spring and summer of staying home. Do not let your kids be in their own world of earbuds and private music. Use car time to sing or talk together.
- Sing for grandparents. If you cannot see them in person, Zoom is a great option.
Have a fun time memorizing and singing hymns and adding your family’s personal spin on them. One of our favorites when the kids were little was to sing Count Your Blessings and slow down just before the last “name them one by one”. Then we would race to name a blessing and finish the song first. Have fun with hymns and hide truths about God in your kid’s hearts and minds. We hope these homeschool music ideas really enrich your time together!
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