Monday, April 7, 2014

Ultimate Guide to Learning Through Song (in the grammar stage)

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A key component of the grammar stage (or elementary age) is learning lots of information.  Young children are like sponges, able to soak up whatever you put in front of them.  In classical education, we like to think of this as creating hooks (or pegs) in a child's brain for them to hang more information on as they grow and learn more.

My children and I begin most mornings going through our memory box.  We memorize scripture, poetry, science facts, history sentences, geography facts, and more.  Some things we memorize by simply speaking, others we learn through song!  Sometimes we use published songs,  other times we make up out own songs!

Here are some of the little songs we have made up: (don't mind my son's extra blinking, he has pinkeye =)




We also have certain songs that go with particular curriculum we are using.  We have a song for  Veritas Press history and many songs for Song School Latin from Classical Academic Press.  A few days a week I will have the kids work on puzzles or some other quiet activity like that and I will play through those types of songs for them in the background.  It's truly amazing what they can memorize, especially when it is put to song! 

While I was in the middle of writing this post, I came across Dr. Perrin (from Classical Academic Press) giving a talk on this same topic!  If you are wondering "Why memorize?" or "Why memorize to music?" definitely take some time to watch this video.




Here is a great list of resources for you to use for memorizing information through song.  Everyone's styles and needs are different, so if you don't like one selection, just try another!  The resources are broken down by subject.





















      (please note that there is evolutionary content in some of these)












    Multiple Subject Areas:




    Do you use songs to help your children memorize information?  

    What are your favorite resources?  

    Leave a comment if I missed a good one!




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    35 comments:

    1. AWESOME!! You have found so many resources I did not know about. This is going to be so helpful! Thanks!!!

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      1. I'm so glad! There are a few that really have caught my eye too!

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    2. I have my eye on race to the coliseum.

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      1. I just recently got that one. I haven't used it yet, but it looks like a fun way to review Latin!

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    3. Can't wait to try!

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    4. Love your song list! We listen to music throughout our day! I also use dr. Jean and friends for another learning through music resource! Thanks for the list!

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      1. You know, I looked at some Dr. Jean stuff, but I can't remember now why I didn't add it. Is it ore preschool oriented? I'm going to have to look that one back up again. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    5. I'd like the Harmony of Fine Arts curriculum. I've looked at it a while and would love to have it.

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    6. Wow! We also use CC and some Troxel songs. I would love to try some Song School Latin this summer!

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      1. Good for you! I'm sure you would love Song School Latin!

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    7. We used the states and capitols songs. Still sing them when doing our US History lessons.

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    8. WOW, Amy! Awesome resource list - thank you so much for compiling & sharing this! :)

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      1. You are welcome! I hope you find a few goodies on there that you hadn't used before!

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    9. Fallacy Detective would be my pick! My littles aren't at that stage quite yet, but I love stuff like that so, for now, it might just be for myself. :)

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      1. Hah, yeah I've got it on the shelf, but my kids are too young too =)

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    10. Thank you for the list. One of our goals for this quarter is to memorize the countries of the world, and I've been looking for a good method. Music is perfect!

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      1. You are welcome! I'm a song would make the task painless =)

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    11. I would love to have the Harmony Fine Arts package because I love her art plans.

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    12. I would love to have one of the Harmony Fine Arts set because I love her art sets.

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    13. I am excited about all of them. Particularly - Harmony Fine Arts. Thank you for the giveaway.

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      1. You are welcome! We really enjoy Harmony Fine Arts.

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    14. Fantastic list! We love Seeds Family Worship and Classical Conversations, and I am planning to check out Song School Latin based on your recommendations! Thanks!

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      1. We enjoy Seeds Family Worship too! I have not used any of the CC materials, but I've heard great things. If your kids are young (lower elementary) I'm sure you would all love Song School Latin!

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    15. Great list! Thank you for all the resources!

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      1. You are very welcome! I do hope it is helpful!

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    16. wow... what a great list! We have only used the songs from Classical Conversations and from their C3 forms... my son really learns better by song!

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    17. Only the one from Classical Conversations and their forum... my son defiantly learns better by memorizing with song! thanks for the great list!!

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    18. Thanks for the list! We have some of these resources, which the kids love, but will have to check out some others for other subjects.

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    19. Next year will be my first year with CC and this would be a great start up pack.

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    20. What a great list! So many things I haven't heard of. Thanks!

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    21. My daughter's current favorites are the Shurley jingles.

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    22. I'm interested in the harmony fine arts because it seems to be a good fit for our family. Thank you!

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    23. Thanks for linking this up. Great resources! Boo - I missed the giveaway! :) Someone got some fantastic stuff. Blessings - Colleen

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