Step-By-Step Schedule Options
There are so many different ways to use "Great Hymns of the Faith!" Here are a few ideas:
At home with elementary students during Morning Time:
- Objective: Your children will learn about and will sing 10 new hymns. They will do additional activities associated with each hymn.
- Spend a full month on each of the 10 hymns
- Week 1 -- Learn about the Story Behind the Hymn and listen to the videos of different groups singing it. (Younger kids can also do the coloring sheet this week). Narrate about the story.
- Week 2 -- Choose a voice part and practice singing it every day.
- Week 3 -- Read the Devotional and do the Copywork. Continue practicing singing the song daily.
- Week 4 -- Do the Bible Study and the Music Lesson. Continue practicing singing the song daily.
At a 10-week long homeschool co-op:
- Objective: The students will learn about and will sing 10 new hymns. They will do additional activities associated with each hymn as time allows.
- Each week learn about a new hymn. Do as many of the activities you can for it that are appropriate for the ages of your students. If you don't have time to teach the song in parts, have everyone learn the soprano part since it's the melody.
- If there is time, each week review and sing the previously learned hymns.
For Mom's personal devotion and/or Bible Study time:
- Objective: Use the hymn to grow closer to Christ.
- Spend a full week (5 days) on each hymn. It will take you 10 weeks to finish.
- Each day you will read the Scripture that goes with the hymn's Bible Study.
- Day 1 -- Choose a Bible Study method that is included and use it today as you read the Scripture. Learn about the Story behind the Hymn. Think about the composer and what he or she learned from the experience of writing the hymn. Is there something for you to learn from it as well? Journal about it.
- Day 2 -- Write the lyrics of one or two verses. How are the words speaking to you today? Journal about it.
- Day 3 -- Listen to the videos of different groups singing the song. Which did you like the best? Are they expressing the words or the meaning behind the hymn? Journal.
- Day 4 -- Read the devotional. How did it speak to you? Is there something God is telling you today? Journal.
- Day 5 -- Write the lyrics of another verse (or the rest of the verses). Are these words telling you something else today? Journal.
For music class:
- Objectives: The students will learn to sing each hymn in 4-part harmony, will master the Music Lesson that is included with each hymn, will learn about the composer and the "Story Behind the Hymn," and will compare and contrast the different groups singing each hymn (are the styles different?, what instrumentation or voice parts are there?, which group best performs it?).
- Depending on the ages of your students and their skill levels, it will take different amounts of time to accomplish the above objectives. If you need help determining it, please email me at [email protected].
For middle or high school students working independently at home:
- Objective: The student will learn to sing each hymn, will master the Music Lesson that is included with each hymn, will learn about the composer and the "Story Behind the Hymn," will read the Devotional, and will do the Bible Study.
- Spend one week (5 days) working on each hymn. It will take you 10 weeks to complete the course.
- Day 1 -- Read the Story Behind the Hymn and choose a voice part to start learning.
- Day 2 -- Listen to the videos of different groups performing the song and practice your voice part.
- Day 3 -- Read the Devotional and practice your voice part.
- Day 4 -- Do the Music Lesson and practice your voice part.
- Day 5 -- Do the Bible Study practice your voice part.