My Review of NatureGlo’s eScience – MathArt Online
For the past few weeks, we’ve been fortunate in having an opportunity to review the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience and I have to tell you our 11-year-old grandson says it’s terrific (he asked me to be sure to include this in my review so everyone would know.)
With four courses to choose from, EJ wanted to get started on MathArt in Ancient Cultures right away. He is fascinated with everything historic and decided this would be right up his alley. He wasn’t wrong.
Taking the Class
Beginning with the Ancient Babylonians and continuing on through Ancient Greece, Ancient India, and Morocco, all the while connecting math with art, music, science, and nature. EJ was fascinated by the lessons on architecture and the hanging gardens of Babylon and was eager to find these far off places on his globe.
Both live classes and recordings are available. We chose the recordings as they allowed us to work at our own pace and take the classes at a time that worked for us (important when you are traveling.) EJ enjoyed the lectures given by NatureGlo’s founder, Gloria Brooks (“I like her, she’s a good teacher,” he assured me.) and followed along with the students from the live classes who were recorded doing readings and discussing the concepts they were learning. This was something new for us and there were more than a few times when EJ had a hard time understanding the reader and said he would have preferred the teacher reading the slide. (This was his only complaint about the course.)
Study Guides and Slideshows
I have to admit, I was a little confused with the layout of the classes. To begin with, I wasn’t quite sure where the downloaded slideshows and study guide fit with the lecture videos but then I realized the slideshows were the same as those being used in the class and allowed us to click on the resources ourselves. This gave us the time to visit as many of the resources that we wanted to and not miss the lecture either. Having the slides also allowed us to go over the areas that hadn’t been clear in the recordings.
Once we had ourselves sorted out, EJ enjoyed doing the worksheets that followed along with the slideshow (it was helpful to have the slide number referenced to he could look up the answer if he couldn’t quite remember or was looking for the correct spelling.) He also enjoyed completing the journal entries. These provided an opportunity for him to research further into each lesson topic and create a small booklet of some of his learning. (These same journal entries can be found in the other courses as well – we poked ahead to see which one we wanted to take next!)
At the completion of MathArt in Ancient Cultures, EJ received a certificate of completion (that we could fill out) to go along with the Achievements he had earned while going through the lessons.
There are three other titles in the MathArt Online – 4 Class Bundle; Math Connections with the Real World, MathArt in the Arts and Sciences, and MathArt – Patterns in Nature. We haven’t had time to fully do any of these lessons yet but EJ is pretty keen to get started on the Patterns in Nature. Between studying patterns in animal coats to discovering the mathematics hidden in Van Gogh’s Starry Night (one of his favorite painting – he even got a paint by number kit of it) this looks very interesting to him.
The other two classes in the bundle follow the same pattern and include some very interesting topics including; Australian Aboriginal MathArt, Celtic MathArt, The History and the Golden Ratio of the Great Pyramid, and The Mathematics of Music. The broad variety of topics is certain to keep your child interested.
Overall I like the program. Gloria Brooks is quite knowledgeable on the topics and does have a passion for it and for teaching children. She has pulled together some terrific outside resources and created solid worksheets, slides, and activities to go with them. These create a sort of unit study that pulls several topics together. I wouldn’t say this would replace our math curriculum, it would be more a supplement or additional learning. It has worked quite well for us right now since we have completed most of our current math curriculum for the year and these classes help us broaden and expand our understanding of math in the world.
Sadly, as much as we like these classes and I understand how much work has gone into creating them, the price point is a bit too high to make this a good fit for our family but every family is different so I encourage you to click on the link below and read other reviews to see if this program would be a good fit for your family.