A Folk Song a Week
36 Folk Songs included , so learn one a week throughout a full school-year!
In the A Folk Song a Week online course, each week you'll learn a new folk song in your elementary homeschool, co-op, or classroom.
A variety of types of folk songs are included: historical songs, silly songs, classic songs, spirituals, campfire songs, holiday songs, rounds, lullabies, and foreign language songs.
With each folk song you get:
- a video of someone or a group singing it
- a video of Gena singing it
- background information about the song
- links to pdf downloads of the lyrics and sheet music
- copywork (dotted, regular, and cursive)
- coloring page
- picture book or living book suggestions (if available)
What are the 36 songs you'll learn?
- 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
See all the Living Books for the Folk Songs at my Amazon store here!
"My kids loved this one! ["Alouette"] We watched the videos several times and they have all been singing it throughout the days this week. We are really enjoying this curriculum. It has been a nice addition to our morning basket time. Thanks!!"
~A. D., homeschool mom
"I'm 3/4 through A Folksong a Week, and my girls LOVE it, particularly my 8yr old with severe auditory processing & language problems. Love the short lessons and the copywork pages. So keen to do more of your courses, including the music theory one."
~K. C., homeschool mom
"This was a new song for us. I liked the story behind it as well. I never knew the Big Dipper was called the drinking gourd. Thanks for the stories and singing the songs for us. Your voice is beautiful with all these songs."
~S. F., homeschool mom
Gena Mayo is a homeschooling mom of 8 who has been teaching music in various forms for over 25 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy (teaching voice lessons). It has been her joy to teach elementary and junior high choir, high school voice classes, private voice lessons for teens through adults, early childhood music and movement classes (babies through preschool), elementary general music, and music appreciation for elementary through high school. But, her favorite music teaching experience has been as musical director for stage musicals such as Seussical, Shrek, Singing in the Rain, Newsies, and Beauty and the Beast. It is Gena's desire to help all homeschoolers include music in their homeschools!
"This music course is incredibly fun, completely nostalgic, and such a great addition to any homeschool! I have no doubt you will enjoy going through this just as much as your children!
- DJ Burleson, homeschooling mom or 5 and writer at "The Bookish Den"
PreviewIntroduction: What is a Folk Song?
Start1 ~ All the Pretty Little Horses (0:45)
Start2 ~ Alouette (0:23)
Start3 ~ Bicycle Built for Two (0:32)
Start4 ~ Buffalo Gals (0:12)
Start5 ~ Danny Boy (1:00)
Start6 ~ De Colores (0:48)
Start7 ~ Down By the Bay (0:43)
Start8 ~ Down By the Riverside (0:54)
Start9 ~ Erie Canal (0:47)
Preview10 ~ Follow the Drinking Gourd (0:38)
Start11 ~ Frère Jacques (0:44)
Start12 ~ Hava Nagila
Start13 ~ Here Comes Peter Cottontail (0:22)
Start14 ~ Home on the Range (0:43)
Start15 ~ Hush Little Baby (1:00)
Start16 ~ I've Been Working on the Railroad (0:44)
Start17 ~ Kookaburra (0:40)
Start18 ~ Let There Be Peace on Earth (1:16)
Start19 ~ Lullaby and Good Night (German Cradle Song/ Brahms's Lullaby) (0:36)
Start20 ~ Make New Friends But Keep the Old (0:29)
Start21 ~ Oh Susanna (0:20)
Start22 ~ Old Dan Tucker (0:24)
Start23 ~ On Top of Old Smoky (0:25)
Start24 ~ Over the River and Through the Wood (0:22)
Start25 ~ Row, Row, Row Your Boat (0:18)
Start26 ~ Scarborough Fair (0:23)
Start27 ~ She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain (0:54)
Start28 ~ Shenandoah (0:36)
Start29 ~ Skip to My Lou (0:19)
Start30 ~ Swing Low Sweet Chariot (0:55)
Start31 ~ Take Me Out to the Ballgame (0:32)
Start32 ~ The Water is Wide (0:38)
Start33 ~ There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (1:53)
Start34 ~ There’s a Hole in the Bucket (2:42)
Start35 ~ When the Saints Go Marching In (0:18)
Start36 ~ You are My Sunshine (0:44)
"A Folk Song a Week is an awesome music course. Not only can kids learn the words and music to thirty-six well-known folk songs, but you can use it as a jumping off point to learn more about history and a variety of cultural groups. If you love to help kids make connections throughout the different subjects they're learning, this course is a great resource!"
~Leah Courtney, homeschool mom and blogger at As We Walk Along the Road
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