Next to scripture memorization, the singing of hymns is one of the most important features of our school day. Each year, included in our GMK plan is a list of hymns (one for each week) that I have chosen because it somehow relates to our creation topic. So for Day 3’s Dry Land study I chose geology themed hymns (think “Rock of Ages”) and the next year when we studied botany I chose plant-themed hymns (i.e. “I Come to the Garden Alone”). This year we are on the 4th Day of Creation so our hymns are all astronomy related.
Hymns can be a powerful (and catchy) way of conveying really big truths about God often straight from His Word. I have found those that make mention of familiar themes from nature consistently reach the hearts of my children. Also, the stories surrounding the writers of these great works resonate with young and old alike.
Using God’s Word, His created World, along with stories of the Workers who penned them, hymns are a powerful way for God to be Made Known to your children. They are also a great tool for introducing musical and literary concepts such as meter and rhyme.
Below is a list of my 10 all-time favorite hymns. Please feel free to leave a comment and add to it!
1. And Can It Be That I Should Gain
2. Be Still My Soul
3. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
4. He Leadeth Me
5. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
6. Crown Him With Many Crowns
7. O Victory In Jesus
8. Rock of Ages
9. The Love of God
10. Wonderful Grace of Jesus