This episode about Marvin Reyes and sustainability – Such a fun conversation today with Marvin of Vincerola nurseries & preschools in Cologne, Germany. We were planning to interview some of the children but with 4 and 5 year olds whose native language isn’t English, well, you’ll have to listen to hear how that went. Keeping it real.
Then I got to ask Marvin all about their sustainability projects in their Montessori school. We talked about building bee hotels, nature visits and how they are making children conscious of how much trash they make in a week. Listen to the episode for more!
Links from the show
- Vincerola – Website / YouTube
- The Montessori Baby – register to join our free virtual book tour events
- The Montessori Baby – the book including preorder details for those ordering by 10 May
- 10 ways we can show respect to our child
- Alfie Kohn, Unconditional Parenting
- Alfie Kohn, 5 reasons to stop saying good job
- The Earth Project with Montessori Everywhere
Today’s listener question is from Eve-Marie:
“Hi Simone, thank you so much for all the resources you have put into the world. I listen to the podcast regularly and read the Montessori Toddler while on maternity leave. My 2.5 year old son attends a lovely AMI Montessori School full time here in Canada, and my husband and I try our best to follow the Montessori method at home, although we were both raised in a very different way. His teachers report that our little guy is easy and affable at school, but at home he has lately started to push up on limits very strongly. Although I understand this is exactly what he should be doing, I often don’t know what to do after I feel like I appropriately responded to his behavior and he persists in it.
For an example: the first nice warm day of Spring on our commute home from school (I was walking and pulling him in his wagon as usual) we saw another family eating ice cream cones. He started asking for ice cream, repeating the request more and more urgently. I pulled the wagon off the side walk, crouched down to his level to look him in the eye. I calmly explained that I understood that he wanted ice cream, ice cream was delicious and I wished we could have some too. But today we were not going to have ice cream. I couldn’t buy him ice cream today (this was true, I hadn’t brought my wallet), which was hard, because I understood the he wanted some very much. Today was not the day to have ice cream. Today was that family’s turn to eat ice cream and it would be our tun to have ice cream on a different day. Today we were going to the park!. I felt like we had connected and he understood, but as soon as we started walking again he resumed yelling and repeating his demand for ice cream. What to do in this instance? Ignoring him didn’t feel very respectful, but I was at a loss how else to move on and ended up diverting him with the slide when we arrived at the playground.
This is an example of something that is happening a lot. I feel like I am communicating that I understand his wishes, explain the limit, and validate his feelings towards the limit. But then when he continues to test that limit (which I understand) what is the best way to respond?”