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 help 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.
Here are simple steps to enjoy hymn study in your home:
- Choose a hymn to study for six weeks.
- Sing together as a family once a week (acapella or with digital/piano accompaniment).
- Study the history of the hymn. Then Sings My Soul, by Robert Morgan is a helpful resource.
- 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.
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