Singing is for the whole family of God. For all of us who take care of children, teaching songs that are rich in the truth and beauty of the Lord is a wonderful gift to help them unwrap.
In our family we try to teach our children a hymn a month; hymns old and new that have lyrics and melodies they can hold onto throughout their lives.
Here are a few pointers to get started:
Play and sing yourself the songs you wish them to know in the places where life happens - over breakfast, car journeys, before bedtime.
To practice a melody, sing it along to the vocal sound ‘gu gu gu’! It will be fun and get the voice warmed up and tune locked in.
We take a little piece of a song lyric at a time and as our kids are still quite young, maybe going after one or two of the verses over the month
Use the lyrics as a springboard to good conversations about the Lord, the Gospel, His Word
Sing without music or simply along with your phone. We have found just before bedtime has worked the best!
Below is a beginning list of hymns we have tried successfully with our kids and some we are planning to try next. You may have many other ideas. The categories can help organize the scope and variety of all the vast themes we would want to sing with our kids. Again you may have another way to organize this!
Hymn lists for kids
Praise Hymns: All Creatures of Our God and King - This is My Father’s World - Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow - All Hail the Power - Holy, Holy, Holy
Gospel Hymns: In Christ Alone - Jesus Paid it All - I Stand Amazed in the Presence - Power in the Blood - Amazing Grace - His Mercy is More
Christian Life Hymns: My Worth is Not in What I Own (At the Cross) - Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus - Softly and Tenderly - Revive us Again - Blessed Assurance
Missional Hymns: Lift High the Name of Jesus - Across the Lands - Jesus Shall Reign - He Will Hold Me Fast - There is a Redeemer
Psalms: The Lord’s My Shepherd - May the Peoples Praise You - I Will Wait For You
Christmas Carols: Joy to the World - Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Silent Night - O Come All Ye Faithful - Come Thou Long Expected Jesus - Oh Children Come - Joy Has Dawned - Sing We the Song of Emmanuel - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Angels We Have Heard on High
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