The Child is the Curriculum

by Sara Zacuto

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There is no need

For flashy things

The child is the curriculum

Don’t buy the stuff

(She shouts, she sings)

The child is the curriculum

If you follow close, listen intently

Watch and learn, ask and touch gently

They’ll tell you it’s true

Without words, without clues

That the child is the curriculum

All the world says…

They need to be taught

They simply must learn

To NEVER and NOT

Sit still, be quiet

Don’t touch and stop crying

Is the message we send

Without even trying

But what happens when we truly accept them, as is?

Follow their lead, without thinking to quiz?

Trust in their learning

Slow down and step back?

Give in to their lead

And cut them some slack?

They show us that they’re capable, worthy and strong

They prove our misguided theories so useless and wrong

The child is the curriculum

It’s my new heart-song

 

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