Of all the numerous subjects in the “feast” of a Charlotte Mason curriculum, singing has quickly become one of the most delightful parts of our daily lessons. Five times a week, we carve out 10 minutes of our morning lessons to devote to singing either foreign language folksongs, american folksongs, solfa, games, or hymns. Ten minutes a day, usually placed in between our copywork time and math lessons does wonders for refreshing our minds, renewing our energy, and lifting our spirits. The children are also benefiting by having a joyful interaction with their foreign language lessons, making meaningful connections with music from our country’s past, improving their singing skills, learning about traditionally played and sung group games, and storing away deep theological truths embedded in song. An additional benefit is that our family is being drawn together in closer relationship with each other as we build a common library of stored musical memories with one another. (Even our 3-year-old likes to join us for this lesson.)
One does not have to be an accomplished musician in order to incorporate singing into your morning lessons. All you really need a an internet connection and YouTube. I usually look for the simplest version of the song I am looking for. I especially love a cappella versions (voices only) or simple guitar accompaniments. This helps the children focus on the melody and lyrics instead of all the additional instrumentation or accompanying videos. We often sing at our school table with a bluetooth speaker connected to my phone. occasionally we will sing without any accompaniment or we will gather around our piano.
If you are looking for ideas on which songs to include you can find additional suggestions at the following websites:
Little Songster (My favorite folksong resources)
More often than not, the afternoon finds the rooms in our home filled with the sounds of the songs we sung during our morning lessons bringing all of us joy. I do hope you will take the plunge and join us in this aspect of a Charlotte Mason education. Singing has truly become a delightful and rewarding part of our home education.