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Today’s artist is prolific and fun. I first discovered Charity and the JAM Band on a Putumayo CD. She’s based in San Francisco and does a whole lot of fun things for those lucky San Francisco kids. The underlying theme in her music is combining music with movement.
So, for today’s song recommendation, I’m excited for you to give a listen to her take on a classic:
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Given her emphasis on music & movement, you won’t be surprised to hear a few extra verses to Row, Row, Row Your Boat, all encouraging different types of movement. The song is upbeat and fun and will likely have you humming and moving along with your preschooler.
This song is also great for dancing with your baby. Either hold your baby and move with the music or help them do the movements with their arms.
It’s on her album “Party Like a Twinkle Star” and you can find this song on Amazon
Go check out Row, Row, Row your Boat and start moving with your child!
Stacia – love using Row Row Your Boat with these variations! I also learned some literacy/rhyming word variations from Hugh Hanley and various others, such as:
Row, row, row your boat out into the ocean
But uh-oh I see a shark,
Let’s go in fast motion!
Row, row, row your boat
In the swimming pool
Life is pretty cool.
Row row row your boat in the bathtub
Now I’m getting very clean
Scrub a dub a dub.
Or: I can blow some bubbles now
Glub a glub a glub.
Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
If you see an alligator,
Don’t forget to scream!
Ahh – I love these! What fun variations! Thanks for sharing, Liz!