Adding hymn study to your homeschool is as simple as choosing a hymn and then singing it together. It is unclear exactly which hymns Charlotte Mason used with her students, but it is safe to say they were from an Anglican hymnal. The LDS hymnal shares many hymns with the one Miss Mason would have used. For more information on hymn study, see our blog postings. The following is a list of suggested hymns that were selected to provide exposure to the best hymns from both our own hymnbook and the greater Christian world.
Hymn Schedule · 2017–2018
September: Lead, Kindly Light
October: Oh Say, What is Truth?
November: Come Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn
December*: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
January: On This Day of Joy and Gladness
February: Holy Temples on Mount Zion
March: He Is Risen!
April: Joseph Smith’s First Prayer
June: Be Thou My Vision
August: I Need Thee Every Hour
Background & History
William Studwell wrote a bit about the history of this hymn in his book The Christmas Carol Reader: In spite of the mentions of bells and Christmas in the title, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is as much an antiwar song as it is a pro-Christmas song. The poetry of this renowned carol […]
Chances are, this is going to be an unfamiliar hymn for you. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it sung at a church meeting; my only prior exposure to it was when I plowed through the hymn book, determined to play each hymn therein. And, besides the recordings available on lds.org, there is a grand […]
As a recent convert and young missionary in 1840s Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of Shakespeare!), John Jaques pondered a scene from the life of Christ: Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him, “Sayest thou this thing of thyself, […]
I hope you’ve had a fantastic September! If you’ve joined us in our hymn rotation, you’ve been singing one of my favorite hymns, Lead, Kindly Light, and I’d like to tell you more about it. This was the last hymn sung on the RMS Titanic before it hit the famed iceberg, and was sung again in […]
Maple Hill Academy’s Hymn Rotation – An alternate rotation of LDS hymns loosely structured around the AmblesideOnline hymn rotation.
Out of the Best Books blog – This site includes quotes related to hymns from LDS sources and Charlotte Mason. It also has a description of how the author does hymn study in her home.
Simply Charlotte Mason – Instructions for hymn study as well as other resources and an alternate (non-LDS) hymn list.