|imagine she's learning a folk song|
When I decided we needed to add folk songs to our school year, I turned to the wise members of the Mater Amabilis facebook group and asked for a book recommendation, something that would provide a good list of folk songs from which I could choose a handful to learn along with the children this year.
They recommended lots of wonderful books, many of which I was able to check out from our local library. The ones I found most helpful were:
- A Treasury of Children's Songs: Forty Favorites to Sing and Play
- Gonna Sing My Head Off!: American Folk Songs for Children
- American Folk Songs for Children (illustrated by Barbara Cooney!)
So...here's our final list of folk songs for 2015-2016. We listen to them together at the appointed time and the children enjoy them. I've heard them singing some on their own, too, so I know they're learning at least some lyrics.
- All the Pretty Little Horses from Tumble Bee
- Bicycle from Mind of My Own
- The Cat Came Back from Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection
- Simple Gifts from Angel: Sacred Anthems for Treble Voices
- Lavender's Blue from Last Rose
- Bought Me a Cat from American Folk Songs for Children
- If I Had a Hammer from Around the Campfire
- Shortnin Bread from Here I Am!
- Riding in a Buggy from Perfectly Purple From the Learning Groove
- Lula Gal from Come Along John!
- Summer Is Icumen In from Blue Clouds
- The Little Old Sod Shanty from Canada's Story in Song (Spotify has a recording of the song.)
Any favorite folk songs we should learn next year?
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