(Most links on this page are to YouTube versions.  If you are on a metered connection, you might just do a web search for lyrics)

2017-2018
Term 1:

Term 2:

  • You’re A Grand Old Flag (or patriotic song of your country)
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again (or The Ants Go Marching Two by Two)
  • My Grandfather’s Clock

Term 3:

(Note: because we only have Form 1 available at this time, we have chosen mostly ‘younger’ songs for this year’s selections)

If you want to learn songs that correspond to the history era you are studying, click here for a list organized by era.  This list also has songs we did not include in our rotation.

In the PNEU programmes, a hymn was assigned once or twice per year.  Because of the nature of Wildwood Curriculum, we do not include that.  If you follow a particular religious path, replace one of the Term 2 or Term 3 songs with one from your spiritual tradition.

A pdf of the entire 12 year rotation:  12 year song rotation


Charlotte Mason taught sight singing to her students.  There aren’t many resources out there for the layman, but one that’s been recommended to us is Children of the Open Air.  These are video lessons on youtube.


Most of the PNEU programmes throughout the Forms say to learn 2 or 3 English songs per term, with some terms adding a hymn or carol.  The songs aren’t specified, though a book of music is suggested.

Learn and sing these songs as a family, across Forms.    Mix and match as desired, adding in songs that are important to you as a family.  If you don’t like one of our choices, there should be no guilt in learning a different song.  We have provided several other choices for just such times.

We tried to get a good mix of songs each year.  Not all are traditional folk songs, but all were chosen for singability.

Here are some others that we liked but couldn’t fit in.  Use any of these as substitutions for those in the regular rotation:

Considered important musical selections from the 20th century:

  • Stand by Me
  • Yesterday
  • Over the Rainbow
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
  • I Wanna Hold your Hand
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter
  • The Music of the Night – Phantom of the Opera
  • Moon River
  • Route 66
  • Edelweiss from the Sound of Music
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads
  • I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables [this will be challenging, and should be saved for high school students]

Resources:
A Folk Song A Day
Songs for Teaching: Folk Songs
Wee Sing America CD
Mama Lisa’s World

Don’t limit yourself to these choices, though.  Have fun with singing!  You could do themed terms — or years.  Perhaps your teen is going through a Celtic phase:

Maybe your pre-teen is obsessed with pirates:

Has the musical theater bug hit your house?

  • Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses (Singing in the Rain)
  • Singing in the Rain
  • Pore Jud is Daid (Oklahoma)
  • Oklahoma!
  • Oh What A Beautiful Morning
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious
  • Do-Re-Mi (Sound of Music)
  • Edelweiss
  • Good Morning (from Singing in the Rain)

Do you have a child into Westerns and the cowboy life?

Singing should be joyous and never something to just get through.