“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
Cross-curricular learning is fundamental to education. By learning individual subjects, students get only a partial insight into particular topics. They require a cross-curricular approach to draw insights from different subjects and understand the topics in a complete manner. Compared to the ‘traditional’ approach, cross-curricular learning makes use of ‘child centered’ approaches to help students learn more about the world they live in. At ileap, we help students explore each topic from different perspectives at multiple levels. Our aim is to help them learn in a better manner.
We have implemented this cross-curricular approach to ensure that students apply knowledge and principles to more than one academic subject. The program helps them learn beyond books and classroom teaching. It encourages them to engage their reasoning skills. For instance, when children explore architecture, they also get to learn about culture, art form, building materials, similarities and differences in structures and the science behind it. The topic explores history, geography, culture, science, math and language arts.
Project-based learning helps students develop skills that are important for being successful in this competitive, knowledge-based world. Today, old-school model of passive learning is not sufficient. It has become important to bring real-life context into the curriculum so that kids are encouraged to become lifelong learners.
Hands-on instruction has been considered more effective than traditional teaching methods. Our project-based learning is a dynamic approach in which students are given a chance to acquire deeper knowledge about various things. We offer carefully structured projects, giving students the opportunity to explore different themes. Our sessions employ questions, debates, making predictions, designing plans, collecting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions and communicating ideas and conducting research.
With the help of exciting projects, students learn how to work in an independent manner and discover new things on their own. They also get to learn communication and leadership skills as they work in a team.
In order to offer an enriching learning experience to the students, we have introduced various modules in our after-school program. All the topics/modules have been categorized on the basis of our students’ age group. The purpose is to make them better learners and guide them towards healthy lifestyle choices. Architecture, environment, plants, animal world, rocks, financial literacy, current events, unsolved mysteries, countries and continents are some of the topics/ modules that have been introduced to make learning fun for the students.