Today’s Poetry Type:
Lively Lives of Variety
We live free, lively lives filled with variety
See their pride, their smiles real and wide
When what they tried works; they grow and show
what they know; prove that it’s true.
We don’t need tests; we feed the seed
Inspiration freed to become reality
I see the proof from floor to roof
Truth fills our nest; no need for a test.
Variety is the spice of life…and it’s also the key to natural learning. It doesn’t work so well to unschool, if a child’s reality is just a tiny slice of all that’s possible. There needs to be diversity, and the opportunity to explore where inspiration and experience lead.
It can mean a family trip to Oregon, where my Accomplice is from. Days at the ocean, the Oregon Zoo, OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), where Miah and I played Connect Four using robot arms), a trampoline park, a covered bridge, and walking in the woods, all interspersed with meeting extended family.
It can mean an afternoon at the Saratoga National Historical Park, walking the trails and listening to the audio tour, while chatting and taking in the view. It could be making Littlest Pet Shop videos that require the creation of tiny costumes, props, and sets. It could be learning Latin and the layout of a Roman city so that Clash of Clans makes more sense, or how bacterium spread, or what lungs feel like. It could be the state museum, or a walk at dawn, or a day at a lake.
It could be each of us in our own spaces, doing our own things, with our orbits intersecting from time to time – or not intersecting, and just living alongside one another.