Thursday, March 15, 2018

NatureGlo's eScience MathArt Online {Homeschool Review Crew}

The concept of combining math, science, history, art and literature is something I find intriguing. This was the reason I was interested in the opportunity to review the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo's eScience.
This MathArt bundle includes four 6-week online classes: Math Connections with the Real World; MathArt in Ancient Cultures; MathArt in the Arts & Sciences; and MathArt: Patterns in Nature. Your student has the opportunity to attend these classes live online. They are also recorded and made available to watch later.

In the Math Connections with the Real World class, your student will learn about: Introduction & History of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers; The Golden Number & Fibonacci in Art, Architecture & Nature; Fibonacci Numbers - Flower Petals, Seed heads and More!; History & Golden Ratio of the Great Pyramid of Egypt; Quasicrystals & the Golden Ratio; and The Mathematics of Music.
Each lesson begins with the main lesson, which includes a downloadable fill-in-the-blanks worksheet in PDF form; downloable slide show of the lesson presentation; and the video form of that presentation. These are followed by activities and projects, as well as suggested additional web resources, activities and projects, and end with a quizlet.

I downloaded the slide presentation, and printed off the worksheet for SJ to fill in as he watched the video presentation. After watching the video, and laboriously filling in the blanks on the worksheet, there were the activities to work on. These are great for the hands-on, kinesthetic learner, which aptly describes SJ.

As your student progresses through each lesson, fulfilling the activities, etc., he/she is able to mark it completed. After all is completed, your student is awarded an achievement. I think that's good motivation to complete the tasks.

The Ancient Cultures class covers: Ancient Babylonians & Plimpton 322; Ancient Greek Math and the Platonic Solids; Pythagoras and the Music of the Spheres; Ancient India’s MathArt: Rangoli, Mandalas & The Story of 1-9 and 0; Zellige Moroccan Tiles & Other Tessellations; and Maya MathArt. We skimmed through this class, and actually completed lesson 1 for this as well.

I was very intrigued with this concept, and I thought it would be a really good fit for SJ, since he likes math, and is a hands-on learner. He struggles with cognition and comprehension, though, so a lot of it just seemed to go "over his head."

I asked SJ what he thought about the Math Connections with the Real World class. He didn't like filling out the worksheet (he doesn't like doing much writing as a general rule, so that was no surprise! Ha!). He liked the videos okay, but some of the information seemed a bit challenging to comprehend. He ended up not doing many of the activities, though.

It probably would be more suited to students like DL; but he's graduated now from our home school, and is off on his own, new, adventures.

This might just be the perfect fit for your family. Check it out!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Wendy, for your kind and honest review. I hope you enjoy the rest of the classes! These reviews have been like gold showing me where I can improve the classes for the next round of revisions. Thank you again!


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