Hymn Copywork

Hymn copywork is an easy way to ~

  • learn hymn words
  • practice neat handwriting
  • meditate on new word’s meanings
  • express personal faith
  • practice short sweet writing lessons daily
  • memorize a weekly recitation
  • encourage personal response to hymns

Keeping short lessons in mind, try Charlotte Mason’s approach to teaching neat handwriting ~

  1. Once your child knows how to form all his letters ( use a laminated handwriting chart for simple, easy lessons), let him transcribe/copy a line/ short section of the hymn each day
  2. Copy a verse each week until he has copied the hymn in full.
  3. Young children may manage just one line each day and complete a verse in the week
  4. Encourage your child to memorize the verse he copied ~ read it aloud daily and recite it at the end of the week.
  5. Discuss and look up new words, write meanings in their personal dictionary or hymn page (we use Jimmie’s Collage hymn pages).
  6. Encourage a personal response to the hymn.
  7. Play the hymn while the child writes out the verse.
  8. Write a personal response to the writing prompt for each hymn at the bottom of the page.

Our Hymn Schedule for 2012 covers 1 hymn for each month.

Here’s your free downloads ~

Blessings, Nadene

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Hymn Study for 2012

This past year I gently added Hymn Study to our weekly schedule.

loved  these wonderful spiritual songs.

My young children sang along too,

but I hope for much more …

I trust the Lord

that as they learn hymns

their spirits be ignited by Faith-filled words,

their faith strengthened by words of Truth,

their minds renewed with Scripture-based words,

and that their own words will echo these words of Hope.

To this end I scheduled a Hymn for each month

and typed a small Hymn booklet for each year.

As with my Fine Arts plans, I used Ambleside Online’s Hymn schedule as a basic guideline, and matched their hymns to my CD hymn collection for our schedule.

Free downloads ~

  • Hymn Schedule 2012 ~ with 12 hymns including the words (adapted for our CD recordings), lyric and music biography pictures, a Scripture that inspired the hymn.
  • Hymn Booklet Vol 1 Vol 2 ~ small, narrow booklet with 2011 and 2012’s scheduled hymns.  Print out the pages and then concertina-fold them and glue them together to form 2 little booklets.  (I wish we learnt these hymns’ words off by heart so that we don’t even need to read the words …)

How do you teach your children hymns?