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Woodworking in my classroom? You bet!

from Earlychildhood News (commentary)

Linda K. Huber, a contributor for Earlychildhood News, writes: "I saw it the moment I walked into the campus laboratory preschool as a graduate assistant — a large, square workbench. Hanging on pegboard nearby were real hammers, screwdrivers, and hand drills to be used by 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. This was my first exposure to a woodworking center. Although I was uncomfortable with a woodworking center in the early childhood classroom, I soon realized that young children can handle real tools. Why are early childhood teachers so reluctant to provide woodworking centers? Below are some of the reasons given, as well as ways to overcome these concerns." more

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