Vintage Remedies {TOS Review}

When I started blogging, it was on green/environmental issues not because I was well educated on the subject, but rather because I liked the idea of doing things more naturally whether it pertained to the way I prepared our food or the way I managed our home, or the way we lived our lives. I even went as far as to creating activities that I did with my children to give them opportunities to learn how to care for themselves and their environment more naturally or at least using resources that were already available to us rather than buying more of what we did not need. Although researching for what I wrote gave me a chance to learn more, I also realized that my knowledge was on an elementary level and there were many people out there who had “masters degrees” (were more knowledgeable) on the subject.

Jesse Hawkins, founder of Vintage Remedies, is an example of one of those people who knows a lot more about living naturally and she shares her knowledge with others through Clinical Skills workshops, at conferences, online wellness courses which are fee-based and a FREE Real Foods newsletter program that begins, Monday, January 2 and lasts for eight weeks.

While Jesse has many courses for adult education, she has also taken the time to write a curriculum for children which includes Vintage Remedies for Kids (ages 2-6), Vintage Remedies for Tweens (ages 7-13 – coming 2/2012), Vintage Remedies for Guys (ages 7-13), and Vintage Remedies for Girls (ages 7-13) which we had the chance to review.

Vintage Remedies for Girls is a workbook that can be used one on one with your daughter or in a group environment like a co-op or workshop for girls. Each workbook is an individual course and discount pricing is available if you choose to use the workbook as a group study.

The book if divided into three sections:

Section 1: Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Skills
A few of the topics covered are Real Food, Kitchen Basics, Sweet Desserts, and Local Foods.

Section Two: Health and Body
A few of the topics covered are Beautiful You – Naturally, Immunity and Prevention, Coughs and Cold, and Backyard Medicine.

Section Three: Natural Living
A few of the topics covered are Cleaner Cleaning, Green Gifting, Reducing and Reusing, and A Natural Home.

Since each section of the book does not build upon the other, you can begin in any section or chapter of interest. One of the reasons I wanted to review this book was so we could study Section Three: Health and Body. As old as I am, I am still learning how to not only care about my skin, but to properly care for my skin. I have already introduced my daughter to non-toxic fingernail polish, but as far a beauty products are concerned, we have kept it simple, safe, and natural.

The study is written for the child to be able read through the lessons herself, but it is suggested that there be parental assistance to complete the activities. Because the average parent is not well-versed in natural living, I would really suggest that you take the time to complete the course with your daughter because I learned something new or was reminded of something I may have forgotten in each lesson that we covered. The information you are wanting your daughter to learn from this study are better promoted when she sees you doing the same and you are working together.

Most of the chapters have quizzes to “test” the comprehension of the material, but since I see the material as teaching a way of living, I would imagine that the best way to “test” if your daughter has learned anything is to watch how she conducts herself in the way she lives. Also, if your lifestyle is not already leaning toward a green and natural experience, it may take a while for some of these lessons to be fully learned. The head knowledge will be there, but I believe that Jessie is hoping for the heart knowledge – meaning, understanding, and a desire to live more naturally.

The layout of the book was a bit confusing and I think it could be improved if each section/chapter had the objectives and the materials needed to complete the chapter at the beginning instead of at the end of the chapter and/or the book. I also would have preferred reading a different font than was used in the book, but that is a minor issue and just something to consider for future printings.

The course has a lot of information that provides a well-rounded study in natural living. Even though I consider myself with a heart for the natural, there are some areas that I may never really delve into like aromatherapy or using herbs to make my “medicines.” Regardless, Vintage Remedies for Girls does cover both topics in the workbook and explains how one can benefit from these alternatives to soothing and healing.

This workbook is not for the faint of heart and the only reason I say that is because there is more scratch cooking, more label reading, a promotion of buying organic products, and some other natural living ideas that the average family may not be familiar with and could cause one to stop before they start. One thing to keep in mind is that there are so many ways to live more naturally and to do so does not mean you have to do everything she presents in the workbook. The workbook should be used as a guide for living and not a “do all or nothing experience.” The lessons Jessie presents are for making life changes and as you know, those do not happen overnight. Starting these lessons with your daughter while she is young gives her an opportunity to get an early start on making these changes that will have positive affects on her life as she continues to grow and makes decisions on how to live a little more naturally.

Vintage Remedies for Girls is available for $45 and can be purchased online.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

The product featured in this review was provided to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
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