Sunday, December 18, 2011

Crew Review: Vintage Remedies

I thought this would be a good review for me to participate in to help me expand my horizons.  I'm not a very "green" person, but I'm made the transition to some natural cleaners mostly because they seem to do as good a job, but for less money.  I'm frugal sometimes.
Vintage Remedies for Kids ($25.00) has three sections:  food and drink; health and wellness; and healthy lifestyles (this includes recycling, pollution and littering, keeping clean):

"Vintage Remedies for Kids helps parents teach  healthy and natural living to boys and girls ages 2-6. This new workbook is packed with projects covering every aspect of natural living including wellness, nutrition, immunity, natural body care, and the conservative use of valuable natural resources - in terms they will understand and remember!

This curriculum helps you teach little ones how to choose healthy foods, how to prepare some fun and delicious snacks, how to establish prevention based habits, and how they can participate in your family's natural lifestyle..."

Each chapter of the book (there are 18)  has a parent section to read, which includes information about the topic, a summary of some research that has been done (although no foot or endnotes are given to read the primary sources. I do wish books that say "Research has shown..." would include information to look up the studies.) and some helpful information for making more natural choices.  The next section is called "Read to Me." and it contains pertinent information for early elementary students.  There is a handy "Additional Comments" section for  slightly older students that want to be included in the discussion.

There are some questions to discuss with your students and then the fun starts!  Each section has a hands-on, mommy-and-me project to make.  Many of them are edible:

  • hot cocoa mix
  • almond butter crunchies
  • green smoothies
  • planting a tree
  • visiting a farm
  • bread started (a great way to talk about "bugs" and bacteria that is yummy)

    There are usually a couple activity projects to choose from.  I appreciate that many of the recipes suggest organic ingredients, but do not require them.  Most organic ingredients don't fall into our food budget.

    How It Worked for Us.  We're on Christmas break right now, so I was especially excited to set aside the time to make several of these projects.

    I don't know if the authors planned on it, but the variety of activities that are suggested really span the seasons.  This means that  you could easily plan on using this throughout the school year and have seasonally relevant, hands-on learning.  This would make a great resources for a health and nutrition class for your kids!

    Recently we read about "real" and "processed" foods.  The fun activity?  Making hot cocoa mix.  The recipe was simple, we had the opportunity to discuss measurements, and we got to drink our work:

    {side note:  Levi's Perry The Platypus shirt is freaking me out in this picture.  He's staring me down.}

    I felt that the information in the "Read to Me" section was helpful and detailed...but not too much to bore an early elementary student.  We did not work through the first section sequentially, and this just required a slight bit of adjustment in the explanations.  Not a big deal at all.

    I really like the Parent section as it gave me a lot of interesting detail that came up in conversation with Levi while we were making the hot chocolate.  I like being able to answer his questions without having stop and google the answer.
    If you have a child who is in middle school, Vintage Remedies has resources for older students: Vintage Remedies for Girls and Vintage Remedies for Boys.  Both of these other products were reviewed by Crew members....head on over to see about these!

    FCC statement:  In exchange for a honest of this resource and a written review, I was given a free copy of this book. 

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