Hymn study can be a great addition to your homeschool morning time or Bible time. I thought it’d be great to round up some FREE Resources and Printables for Studying Popular Hymns and share them with you.
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 YouTube. 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 FREE Resources and Printables for Studying Popular Hymns so you can do your own hymn study in your homeschool:
“Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Background on Thomas Chisholm and “Great is Thy Faithfulness”:
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.)
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!
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”:
The Story of John Dykes and “Holy, Holy, Holy” the composer who turned the hymn lyrics into a song
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!
“How Great Thou Art”
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. Check it out here: “How Great Thou Art” Hymn.
“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.
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!
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.
“All Things Bright and Beautiful” lyrics, sheet music, and author biography
“Come ye Thankful People Come” lyrics, sheet music, and author biography
“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
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!
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
Ready for More Music Study?
Check out this FREE printable on musical instruments of the Old Testament.
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 that 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!