What We're Singing

At times I find it hard to remain fully present during the day. Doing some of our homeschool subjects together as a family has helped a little with this -- as I'm sure I've mentioned here before. One subject we've been doing all together is Geography.
Right now our we use Geography Songs. We have also worked with the Legends & Leagues books from Veritas Press, but I've found it difficult to work it into our schedule with any consistency. At this point, Chris does Legends & Leagues on his own.

There are about 30 simple songs to learn which are fun and catchy and very easy to pick up, especially for the kids. The songs are for memorizing names, so though we do practice pointing out the areas and countries in each song, we do not go into much depth. Since Chris enjoys geography and is the oldest, he studies more about the countries and about maps in general on his own. He and Charlotte have recently taken to exploring the wonders of Google Maps with street view and satellite and Earth.

We also have memory songs in other subjects -- Language Arts, History, Bible. I always expect that learning too many songs will get the information jumbled up in the children's heads, but it rarely ever does. I don't know why I would think otherwise; I never sing the words of "Billie Jean" in the middle of "Copa Cabana."

I don't know much about the ins and outs of classical education, but the memory period is part of it. All I know is we've liked Veritas Press. And as the saying goes, if it ain't broke...

Sometimes, the kids and/or I do start singing a different song with the same melody midstream. Some of the Shurley English songs are similar to each other and also to other common rhymes. The noun jingle, for instance, is to the tune of the nursery rhyme This Old Man so I've been known to accidentally sing: This little noun floating around names a person, place, or thing with a knick-knack paddy-whack give the dog a bone/ this old man came rolling home.

While I'm on the subject, I want to recommend an album that we listen too a lot -- actually, it's playing on my computer as I write this, working it's calming magic on my angry toddler who desperately wants to play apps all morning. Nursery Rhyme Parade! by Lisa Loeb -- you may remember her from her song "Stay (I Missed You)" that was popular in the 90s -- is excellent, in no way obnoxious or hard on the ears as music for children often is.