Row Row Row Your Boat
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Row Row Row Your Boat Lyrics
♫ Row row row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Life is but a dream. ♫
"Row Row Row Your Boat" is a traditional and much loved kids song. The Super Simple version is gentle and paced slowly for young learners. It also effectively introduces the idea of singing in the round by dividing the screen into quadrants.
Use the video to visually demonstrate the idea of starting and stopping singing at different times. After watching the video, try it with your students by breaking them into groups and having them each start singing the verse as the previous group finishes singing "Row row row your boat." 1
In addition to singing the song, you can use the illustrations to discuss a variety of topics. Talk about the weather and seasons by identifying the changes as the rabbit and squirrel pass through an entire year (and lifetime) in a couple of minutes. 2
With very young children, a fun way to sing this song is to have 2 people (2 children, or an adult and a child) sit facing each other and holding hands. Then "row" back and forth as you sing. 3
For older or adult students, you can talk about the changes in the couple as they go through the different stages of life together. Also, ask what they think "life is but a dream," means. It's a great conversation topic! 4