If there's one thing that students learn when studying music, it's that timing is everything. Yes, technique is important, but if you're timing is off --- it's major. And so it goes with homeschooling -- our time is limited when it comes to exposing our children to the great hymns of the faith, so my advice is to do it now while they're young.
Music ministers to the soul and is so moving! Great hymns are not only inspiring --- but are often remembered for a lifetime. So it's important to allow kids to learn them while they're young.
Studying famous hymns can be an excellent springboard to other learning, too. For instance, in studying Martin Luther's A Mighty Fortress is Our God children might learn what a bulwark is, or might discover Martin Luther's role in the Protestant Reformation. And who wouldn't be inspired looking at the lives of Charles ans John Wesley and the powerful influence they had through their hymns and preaching?
My encouragement today is to expose your kids to inspiring melodies. If you play the piano, let the worship flow as you introduce different songs. Sing or put on a CD. What better way to let our kids learn solid theology!
One mom I really admire is Susannah Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley. Sure, she's long gone (1742) but was known for her remarkable patience and tireless training of thirteen children. What a great influence she must've been to all of her family. I often wonder how many times she must have encouraged her children to praise and worship the Lord in song. It's said that at her death, she spoke the following words:
"Children, she said, 'as soon as I am released, sing a song of praise to God'."
...Here's the point --- keep encouraging your children to think of God and praise Him in song and melody. Let them hear beautiful music today! They just might remember the melodies throughout their lives.
Until tomorrow -- with God's help, keep being the best mom you can be!