I was not a great student – until things began to really click for me in college. It took me awhile to learn what worked best for me in the way of studying. Over the years, I began to notice that anything put to music was easy for me to remember. I could have been a contestant on “Name that Tune”, a popular game show in the 1970’s – just a note or two would get my brain rolling.
It is the same for my students, who are inspired and driven by the power of music. If you have younger children at home, you might try these silly tunes to help them remember the books of the Old Testament and the names of the twelve apostles. You can do this yourself with any of the areas of our Faith that you want your child to remember – the corporal works of mercy, the seven sacraments, the gifts of the Holy Spirit…Pick a simple, familiar tune, and allow the Spirit to inspire you!
The Historical Books (to the tune of “Doe, Rae, Me”)
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus
Numbers, Deuteronomy, Boom, Boom, Boom
Joshua, Judges, Ruth my friend
First and second Samuel
First and second books of Kings
First and second *Chroni-Kells
Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit
Judith, Esther, Maccabees – one and two!
The Wisdom Books (to the tune of “Oh My Darlin’Clementine”)
The wisdom books
The wisdom books
The wisdom books – there are seven
Reading Job, Psalms and Proverbs
Will help you get to heaven!
Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
Wisdom and Sirach!
Sing the books of Wisdom
They will make you really smart!
The Prophecy books (to the tune of “Sing a Song of SIxpence”)
Sing a song of prophecy
Next comes Lamentations
Baruch and *EZ Kyle
Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah
Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk and *Zephani
Haggai’s in the field digging muddy pits
*Zachari and Malachi have got a lot of zits!
(Sometimes a little bit of silliness helps peak interest without being irreverent.)
*Chronicles, Ezekiel, Zephaniah, Zachariah
The Apostle Song (to the tune of “Happy Birthday to You”)
Peter, Simon, Matthew
Andrew, James times two*
Philip, John, Bartholomew
Judas, Thomas and Jude*
*There were two apostles with the name James.
*Jude was also known as Thaddeus.