The hands-on, project-oriented woodworking curriculum includes a wide variety of projects from simple geoboards to thinking games in which the pieces are created using the CAD computer program.
Students learn the safe and proper use of hand tools and how to read and draw basic woodworking plans. Students start woodworking in Pre-Kindergarten learning the basic fundamentals of measuring, and cutting, and their skills increase each year.
First grade creates a balance toy that coincides with their study of balance in Science. Students are required to measure, cut, sand and drill holes. Second Grade creates a book box that is kept in their classroom and used the entire school year. Students are required to measure, use templates, drill holes, sand and assemble their box with screws. Third grade works on slightly more complicated projects such as a wooden maze game and hinged box. Fourth grade creates an herb box that coincides with their study of herbs in Environmental Science. Students are required to measure, cut, drill holes, sand, glue, and paint. Students’ exposure to these techniques and activities that are not common in today’s fast-paced society instill patience and pride in one’s craft, skills and lessons that make a lasting impression on a young learner.