Saturday, February 26, 2022

Päivänselvä: Kotitalous / Riikka Tuohimetsä

Nonfiction. Home economics. Instructive. 

DESCRIPTION: This is a course book aimed at both teachers and students teaching home economics skills including cooking, cleaning, finances and more.

LANGUAGE: Each chapter begins with a section for teachers that has assignment suggestions and a long list of links and videos to share with students. Each chapter is in textbook format, teaching in simple Finnish with illustrations with helpful vocabulary. The book is aimed at students in grades 6 and up, which I firmly agree with, but in addition I think this book will be useful for adult immigrants from countries that have cultures different from Finland. This book may even lessen culture shock for many! It teaches about Finnish homes, tools, traditional and modern recipes, nutrition and help with budgeting and even debt management. Based on the target audience and topics in the book, I would recommend this for B1 level and up. If you are not quite a B level, the book is still worth picking up to read for sections relevant to you!

WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK:  I don't know about you, but I never took home economics in school so I found this book fascinating. There are also aspects of Finnish culture and daily life that seemed so natural to Finns that left me wondering (fish cake? what?). Videos and links provided also gave me insight to sources that I wasn't aware of previously. I think that this book is relevant to all adults who have moved to Finland and not be deterred by the "coursebook" style. If you are interested in home ec topics, this book would be fun to skim through on a weekend. However, if you are looking for something a bit more intensive, there are assignments in this book which would be really fun to do over a weekend! 

Highly recommended: 5/5

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