Monday, December 19, 2011

Vintage Remedies for Kids - TOS Review

Photobucket Vintage Remedies is a company dedicated to the promotion of healthy living from the inside out.  On the website, you can meet founder, Jessie Hawkins, and see how she started as a busy homeschool Mom (like most of us) and has now grown Family Herbalist and Master Herbalist programs of study as well as curriculum for children.  Through the TOS Crew, I was able to review Vintage Remedies for Kids

My first impression when opening up the package... "Oooh!  What pretty packaging!"  Yes, I'm a sucker for attention to detail.  It was a special treat to see the book wrapped in brown paper and tied with raffia - beats shrink wrap!!!  First, I unwrapped Vintage Remedies for Kids.  Then, there was a bonus item included!  The thoughtful gesture was not lost in this girl.  Although, I admit, the topic is a little more my organic husband's kind of thing, so he'll probably be the reader of The Kitchen Herbal.

Vintage Remedies for Kids is advertised as a workbook for ages 2-6.  However, I feel like workbook isn't the best description.  You won't find any tear out sheets with cute illustrations and simple circle, X, tracing exercises to be completed.  Actually, it is very far from that, so I'm not sure why that description is used on the website.  Although, there is an accompanying coloring book that can be added to your cart free of charge.

In actuality, Vintage Remedies for Kids is an 18 chapter text book divided into 3 sections:  Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, and Healthy Lifestyles.  Each chapter follows the format of a Parents Section to read prior to the lesson, a Read to me section to be read aloud to children, Additional Comments, Thinking it Over questions to discuss, a Featured Project, and Additional Projects.  I found the Read to Me portions to be somewhat lengthy, and often just paraphrased them.  For the 2-4 year old crowd, I'd think that would be an absolute necessity.  It's doubtful they would sit still that long without pictures to look at.

Being that I'm not a huge fan of the kitchen or one to spend anymore time there than I have to, this curriculum was not the best fit for our family.  It did stretch me out of my comfort zone, but I know that I did not use it to its full potential.  If you are a family a bit more adept in the kitchen or one who enjoys cooking together, then the first section especially may be of interest to you.  There are multiple recipes to try.  Instead, my family focused on distinguishing healthy food choices from unhealthy ones.  We colored and created a color wheel of good food choices and taste tested a few. 

Vintage Remedies for Kids retails for $25.  For this Momma, that's a little steep for a small 6"x9", 202 page, spiral-bound, black & white textbook without other supporting materials.  However, for others, I could see where this would fill a gap in curriculum and be an important investment.  I encourage you to read what other TOS Crew Members think of Vintage Remedies HERE.


Disclosure:  I was provided a complimentary copy of this product for review purposes.  All opinions belong to me, and I receive no monetary compensation for this review.

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