Introduce children to the craft of woodworking and watch their executive function skills thrive.
The Guide to Woodworking with Kidsis a culmination of craftsman Doug Stowe’s four-decade career in woodworking and nearly twenty years of working with students K-12 in his Wisdom of the Hands woodworking class at the Clear Spring School in his hometown of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This comprehensive guide offers step by step instruction for teachers, parents and grandparents to offer safe woodworking opportunities to their students and kiddos as a way of developing a wide range of valuable life-skills. Based in part on the philosophies of Froebel’s Kindergarten and Educational Sloyd, this book illustrates the importance of doing real, hands-on activities in school and at home that enable students to:
Think things through for themselves
Develop skill, originality and inventiveness
Explore their own self-interests
Plan, organize and execute meaningful work
Prepare to profitably employ leisure time
Be handy and resourceful
Develop both character and intellect
Create useful beauty to benefit family, community and self
The Guide to Woodworking with Kidsis more than a woodworking book, it’s gives parents, grandparents and teachers the confidence, encouragement, and the insight needed to safely engage children in life-enhancing creative arts.
About the Author Doug Stowe began his woodworking career in 1976 and was reminded of the importance of hands-on learning by teaching his own daughter in the wood shop. In 2001 he launched the Wisdom of the Hands Program at the Clear Spring School to prove the value of hands-on learning in a school wood shop. He is the author of 13 other woodworking books, over 100 articles in woodworking magazines and educational journals, and publishes a blog dedicated to promoting the value of hands-on learning, Wisdomofhands.blogspot.com. The son of a kindergarten teacher, Stowe has become a respected authority on learning for all ages. In addition to teaching at the Clear Spring School, Stowe teaches adults the fine art of woodworking at schools and clubs throughout the United States.