Hymn Study can be a great addition to your homeschool morning time, or Bible time.
I grew up in Southern Baptist church and have memories of singing the hymns, but I never really learned about them and what they really meant. The first time that I ever participated in any type of Hymn Study was in a small Charlotte Mason co-op. Carrie and I were co-teachers in the middle school aged class and we were assigned to teach hymn study! We had no idea what we were doing but we sure had a lot of fun researching the hymns and the authors, and finding printables for them. We would take turns reading the background of the Hymn writer and the story behind the hymn. Then we normally had our students fill out a notebooking page while we played the hymn off of You Tube. There were also many tears, as we found out some of the backstories to these hymns!
Your family will really enjoy learning about the hymns and authors with these hymn studies!
I have compiled some of our favorite hymns and resources for you to do your own hymn study in your homeschool:
Great is They Faithfulness:
Background on Thomas Chisholm and Great is Thy Faithfulness:
A Hymn for Ordinary Christians
The Word in Worship: Bible Verses to learn alongside they hymn
Thomas Chisholm Bio
Here is Great is Thy Faithfulness on hymnal.net. There is a beautiful instrumental piano file that instantly plays along with the printable lyrics and printable sheet music for piano and guitar!
INSTANT Download of FREE Printables for all ages for Great is Thy Faithfulness
We were not able to find custom printables specifically for Great is Thy Faithfulness when we did our co-op, so we made our own! Click here to download our hymn study printables, suitable for all grades (there are sheets for different ages/levels.)
Amazing Grace More than a Hymn
John Newton Biography
Grace Gems has a page FULL of John Newton’s Letters! These letters are listed according to the various circumstances of his correspondents. There is also a link to over 300 pages of his complete letters. This would be great for an older student who wants to dive in and really study John Newton.
Here is Amazing Grace on hymnal.net.There is a beautiful instrumental piano file that instantly plays along with the printable lyrics and printable sheet music for the piano and guitar!
Contented at Home has created a wonderful, printable Amazing Grace Hymn Study Packet with notebooking and copywork pages.
Check out these great books and video to compliment an Amazing Grace Hymn Study:
Holy! Holy! Holy!
Background on Reginald Heber and Holy, Holy, Holy:
Reginald Heber Biography and list of Hymns written on Hymnary
Reginald Heber Biography
The Story of John Dykes and Holy, Holy, Holy the composer who turned the hymn lyrics into a song
The Theology of Hymns Bible Study Holy, Holy, Holy is the first hymn study on the page.
Here is Holy, Holy, Holy on Hymnal.net There is a beautiful instrumental piano file that instantly plays along with the printable lyrics and printable sheet music for the piano and guitar!
Contented at Home has created a wonderful, FREE printable Holy, Holy, Holy Hymn Study Packet with printable notebooking pages and copywork.
Practical Pages has a lovely, printable hymn booklet that includes the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy.
Thiel Academy has a Reginald Heber and Holy, Holy, Holy mini book with clipart.
How Great Thou Art:
How Great Thou Art and Stuart Hine author biography
How Great Thou Art Background
History of the Hymn
How Great Thou Art Bible Devotional
There is an entire website for this hymn! There is a biography, story of the hymn, printable lyrics and sheet music and you can even listen to it online.
How Great Thou Art Hymn
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music
It is Well With My Soul:
This is Carrie’s favorite hymn. When we were doing our middle school co-op hymn study class Carrie was reading the story of the author’s life out loud and we couldn’t even look at each other we we both had tears running down our faces! Even the students were touched and had a hard time filling in their notebooking pages. I won’t give the story away, please read it yourself, but all that man went through, and to have that peace in your soul, even through the heartbreak.
Horatio Spafford Biography
Read a devotional for this hymn, read the hymn story, the author’s biography and MP3 audio lessons on It Is Well With My Soul at the website Center of Church Music.
Here is It is Well With My Soul on hymnal.net:There is a beautiful instrumental piano file that instantly plays along with the printable lyrics and printable sheet music for the piano and guitar!
It is Well With My Soul Bible Study with lots of scriptures.
Contented at Home has created a complete unit study and printable pack to use with this hymn!
Thanksgiving Hymn Studies:
For each hymn that is linked to hymnal.net there is a beautiful instrumental piano file that instantly plays along with the printable lyrics and printable sheet music for the piano and guitar.
Whole Hearted Thanksgiving to Thee Will I Bring lyrics, sheet music and author biography
Father We Thank Thee for the Night lyrics, sheet music and author biography
Here is some nice Thanksgiving Hymn music to play around your home next month:
I think the Thanksgiving Hymns on Piano would be lovely as background dinner music!
We Give Thanks: 15 Thanksgiving Hymns on Piano
Thanksgiving – Great Chrisitian Hymns Collection
Songs of Thanksgiving and Praise (Instrumental Hymns and Soaking Worship Prayer Music)
We Gather Together: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns
30 Thanksgiving Hymns – Classical Music and Traditional Instrumental Music
A Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns (Remastered 20th Anniversary Edition)
Christmas Hymn Studies:
Hark the Herald Angels Sing on hymnal.net Listen to the hymn play live and view sheet music for piano and guitar.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing printable piano music from Making Music Fun
Away in a Manger background story and music
Away in a Manger printable piano music from Making Music Fun
I did not realize how many Christmas themed hymns there really are! You have to check out Hymns and Carols of Christmas for a treasury of every Christmas Hymn and Carol. There are so many!
Bible Printables has Christmas Hymn themed printables:
You can print out 12 famous Christmas Carol Hymns for singing and caroling.
There is also an entire page of Christmas Song Lyrics and Coloring Pages! They are listed in Alphabetical Order. They have just carols and hymns and also regular Christmas songs.
If you love learning the stories behind the hymns you will enjoy these books:
Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories
Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories: Book 2
Then Sings My Soul Book 3: The Story of Our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our Faith
Be Still, My Soul: The Inspiring Stories behind 175 of the Most-Loved Hymns
I absolutely love this hymn study from Not Consumed. Still Singing is a lovely study that spans one school year covering every season of life, as well as holiday seasons such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and more. Each hymn contains the story behind the hymn, a notetaking sheet, in-depth Bible study, music theory lesson, tin whistle lesson, copywork, and extension activities. You can grab it HERE.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate!) She is a an eclectic,Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!