In March 2011, during the HASC program, I also began teaching live online math and science classes to multi-age homeschool student with CurrClick.com. This is when I began developing my digital curriculum published in this store.
I’m Gloria Brooks, founder, and director of NatureGlo’s eScience (NeS). NeS is a nature lover’s eLearning center providing neutral worldview math enrichment (MathArt) and science live and self-paced online courses and curriculum for home and school educators and students. When I say I teach from a neutral worldview, it means, I teach from a non-faith based viewpoint. I also do not address origins in my direct teaching, including Creation nor Evolution.
What’s the name NatureGlo from? It’s a nickname I gave myself years ago when I fell back in love with studying and being in the natural world since childhood.
I’m passionate about sharing the natural world with youth, with hopes they too will fall in love with it. As Jacques Cousteau said, “People protect what they love”, and our environment and resources are indeed in need of more of our love and protection!
I’ve been teaching since 1997, hold a BA in K-12 education and received the Kamana 1 and 2 program certificates from the Wilderness Awareness School from 2009 – 2010. I’ve been teaching in private education since 1997, and homeschool students since 2010.
NatureGlo’s eScience began as an in-person, nature-based homeschool program called Heathcote Art & Science Center (HASC) at Heathcote, a residential farm, and community in Freeland, Maryland. I ran HASC with my assistant Anne, from fall 2010 to spring 2011. Anne and I served 16 multi-age homeschool students with thematic learning through hands-on outdoor experiences at Heathcote’s beautiful 112-acre wooded valley. This location afforded us amazing nature connecting opportunities such as hiking, stream exploration, birding, organic gardening and much more, four days a week! Running a nature program like this was truly a dream come true.
Since I was 8 years old, I taught myself to make connections between school subjects and the natural world. This was inspired by my aunt Amy and Uncle Tommy who frequently picked me up as a child from the city of Poughkeepsi, NY in the early 80’s and whisked me away for holidays and weekends to the beautiful rural Catskill mountains. My aunt and uncle took me on numerous hikes through forests and adventures to pristine creeks, lakes looking at, appreciating and connecting with the natural world. Their investment in my life planted a seed nurturing a deep love, passion and appreciation for personally connecting with studying and teaching about the natural world to this day.
Early Childhood Nature Connection Inspired Academic Creativity
One Saturday morning at the tender age of 8, I had an incredible creative moment that foreshadowed my future methods of learning, curriculum development, and teaching that would effect the lives of my students.
With paper, scissors, tape, a pencil and crayons, I proceeded to make tiny booklets combining elementary mathematic problems and pictures I drew of marine life. I had read books at my grandparents house about marine life and was profoundly fascinated by the beauty and forms of the creatures I read about. In just a few minutes, I developed my first math/science curriculum combining my childhood study of marine life with the core subject I was learning and struggling with in school. I knew at that young age that this was one of the best works in my life. I preserved those little booklets and managed to keep them through all the moves and transitions of my life.
As a kid In public school I was bored learning the usual compartmentalized academic subjects. I can recall the red x’s through dozens of math problems I had barely focused my attention on. I was not listening in class. Instead, my mind was outdoors retracing the path I took to walk to school. Yet, given some paper and writing tools, I was able to create my own creative living book (the equivalent of the notebook approach many homeschoolers love) incorporating both science and math studies. Later on in my 20’s I took this further and learned to develop connections across the curriculum.
A perpetual nomad since I was 17, I’ve been a full-time RVer since 2013, living in a campervan with my dog Rochelle Claire (the cute silver-gray dog that photobombed me in the top photo). Many of the photographs I use in my PowerPoint lessons are taken from my RVing travels around the west coast, USA.
Welcome to NatureGlo’s eScience! I hope you enjoy a good look around here. Put up your feet, stay a while and watch out for the next exciting resources that arrive here!