I encourage you to sing hymns, not so much because they were a formal part of Mason’s morning lesson time-tables or a regular, required part of the PNEU programs, but because she says this:
“The Habit of Praise.– Perhaps we do not attach enough importance to the habit of praise in our children’s devotion. Praise and thanksgiving come freely from the young heart; gladness is natural and holy, and music is a delight.” Charlotte Mason, School Education, Volume 3
Discipleship with our kids means that we model a Habit of Praise and a really great way to do that is through personal and family, Daily Bible Reading, prayer and Worship with the use of Old and New Hymns. Hymns are a way to praise God and the words speak back truth to God about himself, Holy, Holy, Holy, Majestic, Mighty, Creator, Christ, Savior, Friend… etc. The hymns praise God and they teach us the doctrines of the Scriptures. I encourage you to sing Hymns for family worship, Sunday School and at church! Maybe even listen to them while you drive in the car! Sing new hymns, memorize favorite hymns, use this as an opportunity to train your children with a new habit! A Habit of PRAISE!!
“…be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:18b-21
Hymns at Home is a lovely resource!
Here are some of my favorite hymns as suggestions of lovely songs for your worship time! Spend some time narrating back the words together and meditate on meaning as your kids are able. Don’t make it a chore, just share some things you love about the words of praise to God! Tell your kids what those rich words mean to you!
Abide with Me New:
Abide with Me Old: