What is Hymn Study?
Perhaps we do not attach enough importance to the habit of praise in our children’s devotion. Praise and thanksgiving come freely from the young heart: gladness is natural and holy, and music is a delight. The singing of hymns at home and of the hymns and canticles in church should be a special delight; and the habit of soft and reverent singing, or offering our very best in praise, should be carefully formed.
Hymns focus our attention on the goodness and glory of God. They are simple, tell a story, and are written for corporate worship. Beautifully, they unite generations as a tradition passed along to children and grandchildren.
Follow these 5 simple steps for a successful hymn study:
- Choose a hymn to study for six weeks.
- Study the history of the hymn. Then Sings My Soul, by Robert Morgan is a helpful resource.
- Sing the hymn together as a family at least once a week (acapella or with digital/piano accompaniment), ideally several times throughout the week.
- Assign a portion of the hymn lyrics for copywork, dictation, or recitation.
- Choose a new hymn every six weeks for the duration of the homeschool calendar.
Discover the joy of including hymn study in your educational feast!
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