September 09, 2009
It doesn't take you being the Great Creator to come up with ideas on how to combine subjects for school. However, if you are having trouble with the concept of doing more things at once to save time - you can always crack open a KONOS curriculum manual and browse for ideas. I guess after using KONOS so long with unit studies, my brain just works in that manner. Take for instance our History co-op day...
We read Ruth Beechick's "Adam and His Kin" to the children WHILE they created these lovely History Notebook assignments (the 6 days of Creation) and covered ART - HISTORY - READING - and BIBLE all at once! Then we threw in a video on floods and winds at the end to cover Science and Nature. 5 Subjects in one. Our homework assignment for the co-op was to write a narrative from the perspective of someone living on the Ark. And to research the expeditions sent to find the Ark along with reading and scientific videos on the topic. That adds another two subjects in to the mix (WRITING and SCIENCE). Now we're up to 7 subjects when we're done.
If you are in a state where keeping score of your time in each subject is mandatory, overlapping your subjects is the way to go! Homeschooling doesn't have to take up 8 hours a day when you use this method. The kids will be thrilled with a huge chunk of free time for independent learning or just pure old fashioned PLAY at the end of your scheduled (combined) assignments.
After all, kids (and moms) need some free time every day!