We learn new hymns throughout each school year, and the current hymn we’re learning (also including it with our co-op time on Fridays) is “It Is Well with My Soul”. It’s a beautiful song, and we’ve mostly been listening to the version sung by Audrey Assad. She has a sweet, high, calming voice that everyone seems to appreciate.
This is how we learn a new hymn: I print out and distribute copies of the lyrics, then I play the hymn either via Amazon Music or on YouTube (sometimes the YouTube video will have streaming lyrics as well). I always find various artists singing the hymn, so the girls can hear it sung in various keys. The “various artists” need not be professionals. Sometimes it’s a YouTube video of a group of school kids, a church choir, etc. After we initially listen to the hymn a few times as the official introduction, we continue to play the hymn daily (usually several times a day, at the beginning of each day) for many weeks until everyone knows it by heart. I wish I were able to include a recording here of Jasmine singing the last hymn we learned – “Lord, I Need You.” Hearing my precious 2-year-old belting out the words to this song is really heartwarming, and I’m not just saying that because I’m mom!
So why do we bother with hymns? I think learning hymns by heart is an ideal way to learn theology, as a lot of the songs we learn comes directly from scripture. I also like the older hymns because they connect us to our history – songs our parents and grandparents would sing in church decades ago, and there’s something special about that. Hymns can also be great sources of inspiration – words the girls can eventually recall effortlessly when they face certain situations.
Our growing list of hymns we’ve learned through homeschooling: (Note, we’ve learned many many more hymns and “church songs” just through listening to KSBJ, going to church, or through mine or Ray’s singing around the house.)
- It Is Well With My Soul
- Lord I Need You
- Joyful, Joyful We Adore You
- I Sing the Mighty Power of God
- To God Be the Glory
- Joy to the World
- Abide With Me