ADST Woodworking in the Elementary Classroom (K-3)

Peter Farkas, B.Ed. from Vancouver Island's own "The Elementary Woodshop" teaches you how to teach woodworking while working through a cross-curricular workbook.  Participants in the Primary Teacher workshop will build a locomotive. Everything is supplied for a fun and valuable lesson that will build confidence in woodworking with your students. Numerous lessons are reviewed such as drafting, materials technology, Aboriginal perspectives and knowledge relating to the project, and even an introduction to trade careers.  Each workshop is limited to 24 participants. 

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Primary Teachers


10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Room 223

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  • Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas, B.Ed., a retired woodworking teacher, brings woodworking to the elementary classroom with woodworking kits and accompanying cross-curricular workbooks.  Peter has experience teaching high school, managing a hospital therapeutic woodworking program and a woodworking program for developmentally challenged adults. Peter has developed a K-7 ADST woodworking program for teachers with no woodworking experience.  The woodworking kits include everything to build the projects; pre-cut, pre-drilled wood pieces, sanding blocks and sandpaper, nails/screws and glue where required. Illustrated assembly instructions are thorough and easy to follow; workbooks contain lessons in subjects such as drafting, math, materials technology, science and Aboriginal perspectives and knowledge related to the woodworking project. The grade 6 and 7 workbooks include a component in entrepreneurship and there is a focus on introducing students to trade careers.  Peter is delighted to see teachers gain confidence in teaching woodworking in the classroom and see the outcome for students as they develop important skills.  To learn more about this woodworking program visit