There is a lot more emphasis on wholesome education now, about teaching students lessons that they can actually use in real life. The concept of cross curricular teaching embraces this philosophy. It embodies a sensitivity towards and integration of knowledge and skills spread over different subjects. It is also referred to as interdisciplinary teaching. In public schools this needs collaboration between many different subject teachers, and often may not be easy to implement. However in the homeschooling family, the homeschool teacher has an advantage.
Putting Together a Cross Curricular Lesson Plan
Since the homeschool teacher teaches their homeschool students all the subjects, it is easier for them to plan a cross curricular lesson. The idea is to take a topic that can run across different subjects. For instance take a topic like the second world war. It is an important part of history, but it also influenced the economy of the world. In addition there were cultural repercussions where women stepped out of the homes and into factories to replace men who were fighting half a world away.
Food habits changed due to rations, and people had to make do with margarine instead of butter. There were far reaching consequences on the entertainment industry. Books were published dedicated to the soldier fighting at the front. We still have war movies being made on that period of time hoping to give a deeper insight into the lives of normal people during that difficult time. A cross curricular plan could cover the subjects of history, economics, literature, and drama.
It Can Be Simple
If you feel intimidated by the sound of orchestrating a cross curricular class integrating so many disciplines, just stick with two or three in the beginning. Take for instance the science topic of the respiratory system, you can teach the homeschool student how the lungs work, then have them run for PE. Now explain why the lungs are working harder. Then add writing to the mix by asking them to come up with how their lungs work when at rest and when running. It’s taken you so little effort to put this whole topic together.