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Top Resources for Learning Folk Songs in Your Homeschool or Classroom

Top Resources for Learning Folk Songs in Your Homeschool or Classroom. Includes books about music, music websites, song lists, CD and other audio ideas

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 the easiest way ever to add folk songs to your homeschool or classroom!

"A Folk Song a Week" is the newest course from Music in Our Homeschool and is the perfect way to folk songs in your homeschool! Learn 36 songs with your kids. #musiced #folksongs #afolksongaweek #musicinourhomeschool

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
  • copywork
  • picture book suggestions (if available)
  • and a coloring page

What are the 36 songs included?

  1. All the Pretty Little Horses
  2. Alouette
  3. Bicycle Built for Two
  4. Buffalo Gals
  5. Danny Boy
  6. De Colores
  7. Down By the Bay
  8. Down by the Riverside
  9. Erie Canal
  10. Follow the Drinking Gourd
  11. Frère Jacques
  12. Hava Nagila
  13. Here Comes Peter Cottontail
  14. Home on the Range
  15. Hush Little Baby
  16. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
  17. Kookaburra
  18. Let There Be Peace on Earth
  19. Lullaby and Good Night (German Cradle Song/ Brahms’s Lullaby)
  20. Make New Friends But Keep the Old
  21. Oh Susanna
  22. Old Dan Tucker
  23. On Top of Old Smoky
  24. Over the River and Through the Woods
  25. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  26. Scarborough Fair
  27. She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain
  28. Shenandoah
  29. Skip to My Lou
  30. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  31. Take Me Out to the Ballgame
  32. The Water is Wide
  33. There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
  34. There’s a Hole in the Bucket
  35. When the Saints Go Marching In
  36. 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.

Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made through affiliate links in this post.

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!

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

Ambleside Online has a Folk Song Rotation list with links to YouTube videos.

Folk Songs in Your Homeschool Collection Recordings

  • Cedarmont Kids Silly Songs (Included free in Amazon Music if you have Amazon Prime–also check other Cedarmont Kids recordings.)

Song Book Collections

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! 

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