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The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse is a multimedia online course designed to help adults teach kids to cook (it doesn’t have to just be parents). It includes videos, PDF downloadable lesson plans, printables, and recipe eBooks, and at the VIP level, interactive group support. Although older children could watch the videos on their own before working in the kitchen, it’s not designed to be fully self-study. An adult should always be involved once children are using knives, hot stoves and more.
How do I decide what module level my child(ren) needs?
In general, the age levels for each module are as follows:
- Beginner: Ages 2-5
- Intermediate: Age 6+ with Beginner Level experience
- Advanced: Age 8+ with Intermediate Level mastery
However, it’s really based on skill. A 10-year-old may need a few Beginner lessons and most of the Intermediate Level if she has little experience in the kitchen, and a 4-year-old who is highly motivated and responsible might go through Beginner and Intermediate Levels.
You can always visit the curriculum map to see all the skills taught, and this graphic below may help as well:
Most families choose the All-Access, for many reasons. All-Access is probably right for you if:
- You have more than one child.
- Your child is an Intermediate or Advanced age but doesn’t have much experience in the kitchen (or could use some reminders).
- Your child is a Beginner who might want to learn more.
- You’d like your child to be able to complete lessons as they grow older. A 5-year-old could do the Beginner lessons this year, part of the Intermediate Level next year, finish that level the next and then move into the Advanced Level. As long as you purchase the Lifetime Membership (watch for your chance to add that for $15 during checkout) or the VIP upgrade, you’ll never lose access to the course as long as it is online.
Does the eCourse adapt well for special dietary needs?
The eCourse is very allergy-friendly and provides many substitutions for special diets! The beauty of this course is that the focus is on the skills, not the recipes. If someone in your family can’t or won’t eat an ingredient we use in the demonstrated recipe, it’s easy to swap it out for another recipe and still practice the same cooking skill. There is a section in every lesson plan with ideas for allergies and substitutions of many kinds.
For example, we make ranch and Italian – the sour cream base for the ranch wouldn’t work for a dairy allergy or vegan, but kids could still make Italian, so the skill still gets appropriate practice. Our pancake and muffin recipes use eggs, but an egg-sensitive family could easily practice the skills of flipping pancakes and making a recipe all by oneself with any favorite pancake or muffin recipe.
As long as the children won’t be traumatized by their experience not matching the videos exactly (we have a sensitive type here at the Kimball household, so I know how that can go), you should feel confident embarking on the course with any dietary restriction.
Here are some individual breakdowns so you can see how much you might have to adapt:
- Nuts: There are no nuts in the class recipes, and the one activity that uses peanut butter in a central way has many other options to practice the same skill.
- Gluten: All the recipes except two are already gluten-free, and both of those have GF alternative recipes, although that may shift the skill a little bit.
- Dairy: Many skills of the 30 already fit a dairy-free diet, and the few that don’t are fairly easy to adapt. Suggestions provided in the lesson plans.
- Grain-free/Paleo: One skill at each age level does not fit a Paleo diet: two that have to do with legumes and one about cooking rice. Adaptations are included in the notes to switch up the lesson completely. Other than that, one other skill at each level will need to be adapted to use a different recipe but the same/similar skill. (Click here to see the curriculum map for a more in-depth look at all the lessons.)
- Eggs: Eggs are pretty central in about 2 out of the 24 lessons. There’s just no substitute for eggs when the skill you’re teaching is “cracking eggs” or “cooking scrambled eggs.” I still think the course would be worthwhile for kids with egg allergies – they’d only have to substitute 2 lessons max. (Click here to see the curriculum map for a more in-depth look at all the lessons.)
- Sugar: There is very little sweetener of any kind in the course, and you can use natural sweeteners like sucanat or honey or substitute your own recipes for muffins if you like.
- Vegan: All the skills in the Beginner Level apply fine to vegans, although 2 recipes would need adaptations. Two skills (eggs and ground meat) at the Intermediate Level would need replacements; suggestions provided in the materials. Two skills at the Advanced Level (cooking eggs and a white sauce) would also need replacements or adaptations (a dairy-free white sauce for example). I’d say that if there are 30 skills taught, only about 4 of them relate specifically to animal products.
- Kosher: There’s no pork or lobster used in the class recipes at all. I do use lard as a cooking fat in a video, but any time we cook, the recipes give lots of options for cooking fat. The only time we have meat and milk together is in the last class IF you have Advanced kids. The advanced kids make a cheese sauce, and we use it all mixed up in a “leftover bowl” with rice, veggies and ground beef. However, the whole point of the lesson is to mix up whatever you have available, so you have a perfect opportunity to demonstrate exactly that technique and decide together with your kids how you want to change it up to remain Kosher.
- If you have other allergies or dietary restrictions, feel free to email a question and I’ll get back to you ASAP. If you get the VIP level with Facebook support version, I’d be able to help you find suitable allergy-friendly recipes to fit your needs for each skill as you work through the course.
Can I upgrade my membership later?
Yes! Once you’re a member, there will be ways to upgrade from single to all-access, to VIP or to lifetime access at any point.
What is the return policy?
Starting when you receive access to the course, you’ll have 30 days to try out the course in your kitchen. We are so confident that you’ll love it that we will refund your purchase price if you email your request to ecourse at kitchenstewardship.com within the refund period.
Can I download videos? PDFs?
There is a member area for streaming the videos, so if you don’t have home Internet (or it’s not very good), you might have trouble watching them. If you get a Lifetime Membership (included in VIP) you can download the videos after the 30-day refund period is over. I recommend downloading at the lowest quality so it doesn’t take up so much space on your computer. The PDFs are always downloadable, no matter your membership level. We also offer flash drives with all the material (videos and PDFs) loaded right on.Watch for the option to add a flash drive at checkout, $14.95 with free shipping. Only for All-Level orders.
What kind of recipes are included in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse?
Oh, my friend. Delicious ones. And even more delicious because your children are making them. 😉
There are simple recipes like “potato hash” and “omelets” and more complicated things like homemade tortillas and meatless chickpea wraps. Here are a few peeks, and you can see more details in the curriculum map. Click to enlarge and hit back to return.
What is the pace of the class? When will I receive access to all the lessons?
The course is completely at your own pace, any time you’d like to login. I will send emails once a week for about 10 weeks as if the course was live and weekly, just a way to help keep you accountable and remind you that you have this awesome course at your disposal. Sometimes it’s too easy to forget about digital products, and that would be a shame! But all the lessons are available to you immediately.
How long do I have access to the course?
With all memberships, you’ll have access through the member area for 12 months. If you upgrade to VIP, you’ll have access forever (i.e. as long as the course is online, minimum of one year guaranteed in the terms and conditions – but I sure hope it’s for years and years and years, I just can’t guarantee that I’ll be around for your “lifetime” legally, you know?). VIP members will have the ability to download the videos after the refund period is over. PDFs are always available for download. With lifetime access, you can always download everything and save it so you truly have access for your lifetime. Videos are not downloadable with a basic 12-month membership.
Can I get a flash drive?
Yes! Watch for the option to add a flash drive at checkout, $14.95 with free shipping. Only for All-Level orders.
Will the course ever be available again after registration closes?
Yes. I plan to open registration 3 times a year. Probably!
Can I access the course or store downloads on multiple devices?
You bet. Once you’re a member, you can login from any device, anywhere, to view the course materials, and if you download them, you are welcome to save them on any device you own.
Who created this course?
The Kids Cook Real Food eCourse was created by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship, along with 3 of her 4 children (baby Gabe didn’t get to participate but enjoyed eating all the fruit we cut up). You can read more about the teacher here and see a short video about the family’s journey to real food and the eCourse here.
That’s all probably important to you…but your kids will only care about the kids in the videos. In fact, early access members report that their kids call our kids their friends and love watching them. 🙂 The “cast” of the eCourse videos includes 3 Kimball kids and their dear friends:
- Paul K., age 10
- Quinn V., age 8
- Leah K., age 7
- Lili Z., age 7
- John K., age 4
- Jill Z., age 5
I can’t wait to introduce you to these marvelous children, and they want to help teach your kids to cook!
How do I know this class will be any good?
Because I’m a perfectionist.
Truly, I am, and we also had an army of 40 reviewing families who ran the course through their real kitchens. We took that feedback and made massive improvements to what was already a comprehensive course. The videos were all filmed and edited professionally, and you’ll find the the PDF materials will answer all your FAQs before you ask them, even if you’re an FAQ person (which clearly you are, because here you are on the FAQ page).
If you don’t agree, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee for any reason, no questions asked. (Well, truthfully I might ask questions so that I can improve others’ experience and help you out, but you’ll still get a full refund no matter what your answers are.)
What does a whole lesson look like?
Every Class includes (at All-Access level):
- An introductory video for adults explaining the day’s skills, how to present them in kid-friendly language, and some possible challenges you’ll want to be ready for.
- An All-Kid video for the kids that all levels can watch together. This is a skill that everyone can learn and sometimes integrates with the day’s lesson at age levels, sometimes does not.
- One video at each age/skill level, ranging in time from 3-22 minutes. If you have single module access, you’ll just have one of these. Otherwise, you’ll be able to watch all three.
There are also 4 “Foundations 101” video lessons to establish basic skills before embarking on the course (or at least by Class 4), and if you’re a VIP member, there’s a bonus 4-video Hospitality Class too.
You can preview an All-Kid lesson on knife skills and safety plus an Adult Guide video and an Introductory video in my 3-part series, available when registration is open. GET IT HERE.
- A recap of what’s in the Adult Guide videos for those who would rather skim + planning helps for the All-Kid lesson and tips for teaching multiple age groups at once.
- An extensive lesson plan for each module level (usually 4-10 pages each). The day’s plan, supplies needed at a glance, extensions to practice the skill plus adaptations for allergies and more. View or download a preview here.
- Printable memory tools to help the kids (and parents!) remember the important key phrases in each lesson. There are 1-4 “Flash Cards” for each lesson plus a “Daily Nugget” card with the factoid nutrition lesson for the day. Download the sample from the free knife skills series here.
- A 50-page recipe eBook in kid-friendly language and font size for all the recipes demonstrated in the videos and mentioned in the lesson plans. (VIP members also receive a second “Extension” recipe eBook with more recipes for kids to practice their cooking skills from class.) See the table of contents to the right (enlarge by clicking on the image, then back to return to this page).
What is included in the VIP Upgrade?
With VIP membership, you’ll have ongoing access to this course, so you can use it at your own pace and move up through the modules as your kids grow up and learn new skills – it’s truly a one-time fee for something your family will benefit from forever.
Lots! Over $120 Value:
- Lifetime Access + Downloadable Videos ($20 value)
- Special Hospitality Class (4 Videos + PDFs, on careful carrying, setting the table and washing the table) ($15 value)
- Additional 40-page Recipe eBook (Extension Recipes to fit with each skill taught) ($9.95 value)
- Private Facebook group support ($19.95 value)
- 3-month membership to Super Healthy Kids Meal Plans ($24 value)
- THREE FULL MONTHS of kid-friendly meals, planned with whole food ingredients, seasonal fruits and veggies, and families in mind. “Whether you’re baby-stepping your way to real food or a veteran who doesn’t even remember what boxed mac and cheese is, you’ll find something to love in the SHK meal plans – 4 recipes each day, shopping lists, customizable to fit your family’s tastes, low sugar, no specialty “fancy foods,” and perfect for picky eaters.”
- A Kids Cook Real Food Activity Booklet with worksheets to go with some of the lessons, a gift from Laura of Heavenly Homemakers.
- Free full-length eBook, Teaching Your Kids to Cook ($8 value), by Laura Coppinger
- Free full-length eBook, If It Does Not Grow, Say NO: Eatable Activities for Kids, by Kerry Alison Wekelo ($12.95 value)
- Free excerpt from Real Food Kids, an eBook from Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS. You’ll get 5 fantastic chapters that I chose to complement what the Kids Cook Real Food course will already give your kids. (the book is a $20 value)
- A Table Chore Chart, nighttime kitchen list and chore philosophy from Amy at Raising Arrows. This homeschooling mother of 8 (maybe 9…I’ve lost count!) knows her stuff when it comes to keeping kids organized, trained, and helping, in the kitchen and out.($5 value)
- Any Additional Bonuses Added Later (I have lots of brainstorms)
The VIP Upgrade can be added to an All-Access membership for $35 or purchased for any membership once you’re in the membership area.
Do you offer Lifetime memberships without VIP?
Can I teach multiple children at the same time?
The beauty of this course is that it was totally designed to be family-friendly. I taught six children, two at each level, at the same time for almost every lesson. There are special “teaching multiple children” sections in the course materials to give you ideas on the order in which to present skills so that one age level can be practicing while you are working with another age level.
For almost every class, you’ll be able to juggle 2 or 3 age levels at the same time. And what they make usually ends up coming together to make one meal or snack that everyone can enjoy! See the curriculum map for the intricate module integrations to see what your kids might do!
Is it appropriate for 2-year-olds?
Absolutely. A 2-year-old might not be strong or coordinated enough to complete all 8 lessons at the Beginner Level but should be able to do quite a bit with an adult’s help and still learn valuable skills. By age 3, then 4, the same child could do the same lessons and get something new out of them!
How about teenagers?
You bet! We have had a number of teens take the course through our review program, and everyone had positive things to say. Because the course is made for children of such a wide age range, the tone of voice is a bit more for younger children, but the skills at the Advanced Level are exactly what a teenager should be learning (if they haven’t had a ton of kitchen experience before). As long as your teenager doesn’t mind hearing me talk to littler kids during the All-Kid videos sometimes, I think it’s a perfect fit.
How much time should I set aside to teach the 8 lessons?
With kids at one level, an hour should be sufficient for most lessons, although some of the cooking ones will take at least an hour and a half (kid-time is slower than adult-time, remember that). If you’re teaching all 3 levels at once, it’s totally doable, but you’ll need to set aside at least 2 hours so kids can rotate through the kitchen and not feel rushed. One class per week or every other week is just right.
You may also want to split up some lessons and teach part the first day (like the All-Kid Lessons from Class 3 and 4) and part the next.
The Foundations 101 Lessons are for the kids to watch, either before you get started, or there’s some time set aside at Class 4 if you haven’t gotten to them yet. The Introduction videos are just for adults to get prepared.
Beginner: For little ones splitting a couple of the classes will be a good idea, either 2 in one week or just extending to do 10-12 weeks. I’d split up classes 1 and 4 for sure, and maybe 2 and 3, depending on their focus and how many things you want them to try cutting.
Intermediate: If you’re also teaching Advanced kids, it might be wise to let them each have space in the kitchen on their own for Class 7.
Advanced: These lessons can run long because there’s some serious cooking going on, but you’ll have dinner at the end so it can rolled into the “dinner prep” space in your mental calendar. Class 4 can be split into multiple sessions if necessary, and Class 5 will naturally have a number of small sessions because you’re cooking dry beans.
What else do you need to know?
Dash me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible: katie at kitchenstewardship.com
Thank you so much for your interest in the eCourse and in committing to teach children in your life to cook real food!