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Afternoons in the Boatshop

By Joe Youcha

Afternoons in the Boatshop


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ISBN: 978-0-9975226-6-2    •    Format: Paperback, PDF ebook    •    Page Count: 76    •    Size: 8.5 x 11

Stay after school for math tutoring or help build a boat? Twelve-year-old Emma chooses to help build a boat. As she helps Bill, a family friend, put together a simple skiff, math becomes useful and “not so hard.” And, the building is fun.

This story introduces the boat building process and complements both the boat building and the related math instruction. Parents and teachers will love how this book introduces kids to the application of math, and kids will enjoy the illustrations and fun story.

This book complements Bevin’s Guide to Boat Building Math.

“Anyone who has built a boat knows that it is the near perfect vehicle for teaching applied math and science where these skills are used, every job, every hour, every day. Joe Youcha has been teaching folks to build boats for many years and knows the best way to teach is to tell a good story to hook the student. Afternoons in the Boatshop is just the ticket for any young aspiring boat builder, instructor or anyone who just wants to know why people love building boats.”

–Greg Rossel, wooden boat builder, author, and teacher

“Designed with education in mind, the Bevin’s Skiff has always excelled at teaching math in a fun and accessible way that reaches students. Now Afternoons in the Boatshop has added a reading component to an already great teaching tool. This can either be used as another point of entry for strong readers or as a tool to strengthen literacy in students who are still developing in this area. What a great extension of an already fantastic educational vehicle.

“At a time when many School Improvement Plans include strengthening student literacy, along comes a reading component to an already great teaching tool: the Bevin’s Skiff. Having seen in action the math skills delivered in a fun and exciting way in building the Bevin’s Skiff, I look forward to adding yet another dimension to the project to help students develop and improve literacy. All while building a boat—how cool is that?!”

–David Fawley, Marine Trades Teacher, Center for Applied Technology South, Anne Arundel County Schools, MD

“Building a boat is building a future. Investing in kids and boats can change the world. In Afternoons in the Boatshop Joe Youcha invests kids with the power and confidence to change their future by building a boat. His thoughtful descriptions, clear illustrations, and the references to Bevin’s Guide to Boat Building Math combine to produce an excellent little book.”

– Dick Wagner, Founding Director, The Center for Wooden Boats

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$19.95 Paperback, $9.95 ebook


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