The Elementary Woodshop has been a dream for many years.
I am a retired woodworking teacher, and when our boys were young, they had access to our woodshop at home. They became comfortable working with tools and tinkering in our shop. But many of their friends did not have the same experience. After creating a woodworking kit for a friend’s birthday party with our son and seeing the response from other friends and their parents, our dream for The Elementary Woodshop was born.
Many years and several careers later, it is time to bring our woodworking program into elementary schools. The education system is asking for resources for elementary students to learn hands-on skills and our communities are reaching out for skilled tradespeople. We teach children that our communities are built by tradespeople.
I am the boss in the shop, and my wife is the boss in the office. Its a great partnership in life and in business.
We are having the time of our lives introducing trade careers to young children and believe we are making a difference. We hope you like what we are doing and we invite your comments and questions.
Peter and Bev
Our fun and engaging projects are for students in Grades K-7 The easy-to-build kits are specifically designed for teachers and students with no woodworking experience. Most of the accompanying workbooks include lessons in Aboriginal Perspectives and Knowledge; students can connect an important cultural lesson directly to their project.
Our new projects, the MASON BEE HOUSE and the TOY FACTORY are Entrepreneurship kits for students to build and sell at school; they are exposed to both manufacturing and the world of business.
Our woodworking program has been welcomed by school administrators, teachers, parents and students. We attend a number of educational conventions throughout the year to showcase our program. The Industry Training Authority of BC has approved our program for funding through grants made available to schools.