little miss workbench encourages children to embark on a journey and experience the world by inviting them to be curious, think deeply, work together, and solve problems.
As an educator —and a mom— founder, Michele Chiaramonte, has seen how play develops these skills for all children. The learning tools that LMW creates are designed to actively engage children. Each wooden piece is intended to spark the imagination. They are open-ended and limitless; a beautiful way to teach our children to live.
Founder, Michele Chiaramonte, holds both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and her Master of Science in Teaching (MST) from Fordham University. Michele is a former New York City public schoolteacher. Thoughtful play was the core of the classroom experience. She has participated in numerous committees for arts and education including: Lincoln Center Institute for the Performing Arts, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, NYC Architecture for Children.
In 2015, Michele took her love of teaching and woodworking and formed little miss workbench wooden toys. The handmade educational collection continues her mission by inviting children to be curious about the world around them.
In 2018, little miss workbench expanded to include a woodworking and design studio for children and teens. Students work with prefabricated and unassembled wood items to sand, assemble, and oil. little miss workbench workshops instill the importance of focus, problem-solving, resilience, determination, and responsibility through the art of woodworking.
We believe in giving back to the local and global community. We are a sponsor and workshop contributor to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport area and also support, Four Girls for Families, a locally formed charity that brings clean water to communities in Cambodia. (Please visit their sites for more information.)
“Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter” – Brian Soli