Product: Raddish Cooking Club for Kids
- $24USD monthly subscription
- $22USD monthly for 6 month subscription
- $20USD monthly for 12 month subscription
- Free delivery in US
- International shipping $7USD monthly
Cheapest Place to Buy: RaddishKids.com
My Rating: 9/10
Overview: I promised myself this year I would lead the homeschool charge from a place of strength when planning our curriculum. So often, we try to work on the things we see “lacking” in our children, instead of focusing on what they can do WELL. With this in mind, I wanted to think “outside the box” in terms of the programs and subjects I introduced to my daughter. As many of you know, it isn’t easy to homeschool a child who is differently wired, you are always balancing the need for structure with the need for newness in order to maintain your child’s motivation and get ANYTHING done. I’m blessed with a wonderful, curious and passionate daughter who, aside from being fantastically creative, also has ADHD, anxiety, and giftedness, so our days are always a fantastic (and sometimes frustrating) blend of challenge and discovery.
Picky eating often comes with the territory when you have neuroatypical kiddos, and my daughter is certainly no exception. Nowadays, after adding the appetite suppressing effects of Concerta into the mix, food intake has become an even larger source of concern in our household.
This is where Raddish Kids comes in. I had seen Raddish Kids advertised on Facebook, and was interested right from the start. I don’t cook much anymore, as a single mother, I’m simply too busy, plus, frankly, I have to make a separate meal for my picky eater, so I usually run out of steam when it comes to cooking another meal for myself. Having already researched everything I could about picky eaters when my daughter was a toddler, I knew that one of the strategies used to encourage children to try new foods is to have them help prepare the food. The premise is, if they prepare it, they will be more likely to try the food and eventually (fingers crossed) eat it.
So, I decided to take the plunge. I hesitated because it was yet ANOTHER monthly charge for homeschool to add to my ever-growing list, but in the end, I bit the bullet and signed up for the 6 month subscription.
I gotta tell you, I’m glad I did. So far, we are two shopping trips and two completed dishes in, and I LOVE this program. Keep reading for the best features of Raddish Kids, and check out the video to see what we received in our first delivery here. (Please excuse the amateur production values, I am still learning my way around YouTube)
Best Feature of Raddish Kids: There are many wonderful features of Raddish Kids Cooking Club, but the most important one for me is the gift of time. This program gives me time to spend with my daughter where we are working together toward a common goal without the stress of timetables or assessments. The times we spend in the kitchen have been incredibly bonding, and allow us to make a connection where it doesn’t feel like we are learning, (even though we are). I love how organized the materials are, they arrived with my daughter’s name on the package, within a couple of weeks of signing up. The materials are educational, each package containing three recipes centered around a certain country (we are currently working our way through Argentina) or a theme (can’t wait to try the Game Day Chile recipe!)
I love how Raddish Kids gives you valuable information about the culture and geography of each country you are focusing on each month, and they even go one step further, providing an adorable apron, a specific cooking utensil, and table talk activities for when you sit down as a family to enjoy your meal.
This is a well-thought out program with lots of lessons both inside and outside of the kitchen.
Pros: The material is very well organized and kid-friendly. Formatted with cute and easy to follow graphics and big fonts, each recipe is written separately on laminated pamphlets that do NOT damage or stain easily. It is a cinch to follow each recipe and create wonderful meals. I particularly like the shopping list they provide for each recipe, which I give my daughter to do each week. (With me of course, I don’t just drop her off at Walmart and let her run around by herself, although…there are times I’d like to if I’m being honest:) Learning to follow the list, check off each ingredient found, pay and make change (yes, people still know how to do this without technology…gasp) is, in itself, a life lesson. I also really appreciated how Raddish identifies the cooking skills taught each lesson, and emphasizes cooking tips to remember, such as letting meat cool after cooking for a few minutes so it retains its juices.
Cons: You have to pay for this in US Dollars, so, I’m not a fan of that, PLUS you have to pay an extra $7 monthly for shipping. With the exchange rate, it’s not a cheap program to have, but it is definitely worth the money.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a creative way to incorporate cooking into your homeschool curriculum, or if you just want an amazing way to connect with your kids as you make delicious meals and learn about other cultures, Raddish Kids is the way to go. I love the way I connect with my daughter when we cook together, and you will love the way you connect with your kiddo, and isn’t connection what life is all about?
P.S. You’re probably wondering if my picky child ate the food we made? So far, that’s a HARD NO, but we had so much fun making these dishes, in my mind, it’s still a WIN. Not to mention myself, my mother, and father LOVED them. Plus, I’m not giving up yet, I’ll wear her down eventually, and hopefully Raddish Kids will help me do it!
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