The mood in Sydney Fox’s woodshop is always purposeful and productive as students in First Grade through Eighth Grade industriously invest in designing, constructing, and completing a range of projects from toolboxes to clocks to tables to doghouses, and more.
Few classes develop every learner’s mind, body, and self-esteem quite like woodshop, one of our signature arts programs at Buckingham Friends School.
The principal outcomes of the woodshop curriculum at BFS include each student’s:
- acceptance of responsibility for their own work
- development of their intellectual abilities, physical skills, and emotional flexibility to solve problems and learn from mistakes
- belief in themselves and the understanding that true gratification from work comes from meeting goals that they have set for themselves and fully embraced
- acquisition of basic skills using a variety of hand and power tools
- capacity for collaboration and shared work
- respect for others and their physical and emotional safety
BFS’s woodshop is a laboratory for working and learning. Features of the room include workbenches, tool walls, a lathe, and an array of hand and power tools. Using real tools is essential in developing children’s minds, muscles, strength, and stamina.
And, this year, Sydney has done a great job adhering to our pandemic protocols – keeping windows open and circulating air, and creating work stations that permit students to maintain physical distancing while busy with their projects.