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Tunes to Get your Back-to-School “Groove” on!

Well it’s back-to-school season for many families – homeschooling or not – and I don’t know about you, but my feeds have been burning up with planning and organizing and curriculum-related posts. It’s like that every year at this time, right?

But here’s one that you won’t see much of: the effect that music might will have on your day! Because it just doesn’t matter how much you plan or organize or buy – if your head’s not in the game, it’s all for naught.

Through both scientific studies and personal experience, music has been shown to have a lasting effect on our memories and emotions, and in our house, it’s often running in the background.

Here are some of our personal favorites that you’ll often find playing during breakfast or lunch, to keep our attitudes strong. You may have different ones, and that’s fine.  The key is to harness the power of music to help you all get in a groove for growth and learning – all year long!


Our Top 10 Tunes for Back-to-School Energy

Day One – Matthew West

Let’s start here: today IS “Day One” – whether it’s your first day back or #180! It helps if we look at each new day as a clean slate…or clean page of notebook paper (whatever floats your boat) and DIVE IN!

Pharrell Willimas – Happy

OK, this song is oh-so-silly, but really, sometimes it takes something silly to change our ‘tude, don’tcha think? Plus,   it usually brings a smile to my kids’ faces to see me singing and dancing around the kitchen, and all of that makes it all worthwhile.

Andy Grammar – Good to Be Alive

Of course, you won’t want to get your theology from this song, and maybe you don’t get to drive a Lamborghini, either, but helping your kids find something that makes them feel good to be alive is a great life skill, and will help you all have a terrific year!!


Ben Rector – Brand New

My 15-yr old son introduced me to this song. I love the enthusiasm found in this song and in his eyes when he shared it with me! I always sing this to my kids when it’s playing, and I love how their eyes light up, or (in the case of my teen boys) they try to hide a sly smile, when they hear that being together with them makes ME feel “Brand New”!

SafetySuit – Looking Up

This song demonstrates just how important our attitudes are! C’mon, say it with me: “I’m feelin’ so fine!”

Toby Mac – Get Back Up

A fun song with a message to get YOU back up again! Just a reminder that even though this year may still have troubles or challenges in store…we CAN get through them…

Imagine Dragons – On Top of The World

This is a pretty video and an upbeat song – sure to help YOU feel on top of the world!

Jason Gray – Glow in The Dark

No matter what’s going on, let His love radiate and make you glow! After all, “the more broke you are, the more light gets through!”

Andy Grammer – Keep Your Head Up

Remember: Things are gonna turn out fine 🙂

PTX – Sing

The energy alone that PTX (Pentatonix) brings to their singing is enough to get your blood pumping! It’s kinda fascinating, too, that this is an a capella group.  But anyway, let me leave you with this thought: don’t (you) worry ’bout this year…it’s gonna be allll right!

There’s a ton of good music out there – do you have any favs of your own you’d like to share? Let’s add some new ones to the list in the comments!

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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