As I was researching to write my newest online course called A Folk Song a Week, I discovered some wonderful resources for learning Folk Songs in your homeschool or classroom. Have fun singing!
A Folk Song a Week online course
A Folk Song a Week online course is launching today!
Learn 36 folk songs, one per week, throughout the school year. What types of songs are included? You’ll find historical folk songs, rounds, spirituals, songs in other languages, and lullabies. Many of these you’ll recognize from your childhood! Songs by composers such as Brahms and Stephen Foster are included, but most have unknown composers.
Included with each song is:
- a video of me (Gena) singing the song
- another video of the song
- background information
- link to lyrics pdf
- link to sheet music pdf
- picture book suggestions (if available)
- and a coloring page
What are the 36 songs included?
- All the Pretty Little Horses
- Bicycle Built for Two
- Buffalo Gals
- Danny Boy
- De Colores
- Down By the Bay
- Down by the Riverside
- Erie Canal
- Follow the Drinking Gourd
- Frère Jacques
- Hava Nagila
- Here Comes Peter Cottontail
- Home on the Range
- Hush Little Baby
- I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
- Let There Be Peace on Earth
- Lullaby and Good Night (German Cradle Song/ Brahms’s Lullaby)
- Make New Friends But Keep the Old
- Oh Susanna
- Old Dan Tucker
- On Top of Old Smoky
- Over the River and Through the Woods
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat
- Scarborough Fair
- She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain
- Skip to My Lou
- Swing Low Sweet Chariot
- Take Me Out to the Ballgame
- The Water is Wide
- There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
- There’s a Hole in the Bucket
- When the Saints Go Marching In
- You are My Sunshine
15-Minute Music Lesson: What is a Folk Song?
Learn what folk songs are and how they have changed through the years in the 15-Minute Music Lesson: What is a Folk Song?. Listen to a specific folk song called “Danny Boy”.
Songs Listed By Historical Era
I like this list that contains folk songs separated by historical era. It will help you if you like to learn songs as you’re studying history.
A Long List of Folk Song Ideas
Wildwood Curriculum has a long list of folk song ideas here.
The American Folk Song Collection
Holy Names University Kodaly Center has a nice search engine of 615 folk songs in its American Folk Song Collection and even includes games and recordings.
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Wee Sing Songbooks for Folk Songs in Your Homeschool
I loved using the Wee Sing songbooks when I was teaching elementary music and with my own kids when they were little. I’m so glad they’re still available! And, check iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Spotify — see which recordings have been added!
- Wee Sing Bible Songs
- Wee Sing Children’s Songs and Fingerplays
- Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies
- Wee Sing Silly Songs
- The Best of Wee Sing
- Wee Sing Around the World
- Wee Sing Dinosaurs
- Wee Sing and Move
- Wee Sing More Bible Songs
- Wee Sing Sing-Alongs
- Wee Sing in the Car
- Wee Sing for Baby
- Wee Sing Mother Goose
- Wee Sing Fun ‘n’ Folk
- Wee Sing and Play
- Wee Sing Games, Games, Games
- Wee Sing for Halloween
- Wee Sing Christmas
A Folk Song Every Day of the Year
This site includes 365 folk song recordings that are fun to listen to, and most of the songs are more obscure and less commonly known.
Head over to get “A Folk Song a Week” online course for elementary!
Songs for Teaching
The Songs for Teaching website includes many folk song lyrics and separates them my subject category (such as French, Mathematics, Science, Preschool/Kindergarten, Campfire Songs, Friendship Songs, etc.)
Mama Lisa’s World
Mama Lisa’s World is a fun site for songs, rhymes, and traditions from around the globe. I like how she includes different versions of songs.
Ambleside Online has a Folk Song Rotation list with links to YouTube videos.
Folk Songs in Your Homeschool Collection Recordings
- Classic Folk Music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (Also see other Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.)
- Sing Along with Putumayo (Also see other Putumayo recordings.)
- Library of Congress has free recordings that you can download for free. See audio recordings here and America History Through Song collection here.
- A Child’s Celebration of Folk Music
- You Are My Sunshine by Elizabeth Mitchel (See other Elizabeth Mitchell recordings as well.)
- Nursery Rhyme Parade! by Lisa Loeb
- The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Favorite Folk Songs
- Cedarmont Kids Silly Songs (Included free in Amazon Music if you have Amazon Prime–also check other Cedarmont Kids recordings.)
Song Book Collections
- The Great Family Songbook
- The Library of Children’s Song Classics
- The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs
- A Children’s Treasury of Songs
Folk Song Playlists
Use Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, Apple Music (iTunes), or YouTube to find a ready-made playlist of folk songs, or create your own!
Picture Books of Folk Songs
You can also find all my book suggestions in my Amazon store here.
“All the Pretty Little Horses”
Do you have other favorite resources for learning folk songs in your homeschool or classroom? Please share in a comment below!
- How to Teach Music the Charlotte Mason Way
- 15-Minute Music Lesson: What is a Folk Song?
- The Top 100 Songs Every Child Should Know
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