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Woodworking is one of the longstanding programs at Berkeley Hall that reinforces the head, heart, hands approach to balanced learning. Offered as part of the art program, students in first through sixth grades have regular opportunities to develop their manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination as well as discovering the satisfaction of transforming a raw material into a nicely polished form. Patience and persistence are also key skills honed during this process.

Some parts of the program are geared toward discovery of core subject learning while others emphasize the refinement of crafting a utilitarian object into a work of creative expression.

Shop and Shield, a special elective that continues a 65-year-old Berkeley Hall tradition, enlists eighth graders in designing and building a class coat of arms and original motto. The finished shield joins its forbears on the walls of Berkeley Hall’s Hodges Theater.