The following is a guest post written by Annie Reneau of Motherhood and More.
“We can think of ourselves not as teachers but as gardeners. A gardener does not ‘grow’ flowers; he tries to give them what he thinks they need and they grow by themselves.”
– John Holt
One day, I was chatting with a fellow homeschooling mom about this analogy of teachers as gardeners.
As she dug into her botany background and began passionately explaining the diverse needs of seeds, I was struck by the depth of this metaphor — not just for us “gardeners,” but for the “seeds” and “saplings” in our care as well.
All seeds have a basic need for sun, water and a place to anchor — much like a child’s basic needs for food, love and shelter.
But beyond that, seeds sprout and flourish under widely diverse conditions.