Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kindergarten Shop Class: Woodworking for Kids

Kindergarten Shop Class, an excellent article by Julie Scelfo, that provides wonderful descriptions of young children using tools and working with their hands -- in a very Montessori approach -- and includes great links to programs, too.

One of the quotes I like the best is from one of the teachers, "We’re teaching them the safe use of hand tools. It’s a slow, deliberate process.” As your child works his or her way up from Practical Life material during the ages of 2 1/2 to 5, he or she will use a hammer, nails, screwdriver, screws, bolts and more. Working with wood is the perfect next step.

Those you teaching your children at home have a tremendous advantage over most schools because there is so much fear of liability suits if a child is hurt during shop that many schools have phased out these key programs.

Anyhow, superb article! Definitely worth perusing and following the links.

1 comment:

Teds Woodworking said...

Great way to start kids off -- early. If it can be made fun for kids they will learn and may even carry on with woodworking into adulthood.