Folksongs We are Educated by Our Intimacies

Homeschooling, Music
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit In third grade, my teacher was Miss Carson, and she had a ukulele and a large repertoire of folk songs. She wrote the lyrics on the blackboard. I can still see those words, white chalk against black board. We sang along every morning, no doubt increasing our literacy skills. I loved the silly ones (Yes! We have no bananas!) as much as the songs of courage (Follow the Drinking Gourd) and love of country (America the Beautiful). It was the only year of my life that I learned folksongs in school, but because of it my soul was forever enlarged. Nothing in our Charlotte Mason lifestyle…
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