One of my students writing in her journal during a nature awareness field study.
NatureGlo, full-time RVer, online math enrichment & science mentor/facilitator.
I’m passionate about participating in the alternative education movement. I LOVE helping parents transition from curriculum based homeschooling into unschooling. I also love sharing about the natural world with youth and showing them how to make other subject connections. My hope is my students will also fall in love with the natural world. As Jacques Cousteau said, “People protect what they love.” Our environment and resources are in need of more of our love and protection!
I help home educators by offering training and coaching in child self-directed education also called unschooling. Since 2011, I’ve been offering child self-directed neutral or non-faith based math enrichment (MathArt) and science self-paced online courses for students passionate about these subjects.
This is me in the summer 2010 Havre de Grace, MD,
MAPS Meet (Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Meetup) making fire by friction.
Here I am at age 8 along with a collage of my “MathArt” marine biology themed math booklets.
Inspired Child Self-directed Creative Learning
Since I was a child, I taught myself to make connections between school subjects and the natural world. A love for the natural world was cultivated and inspired by my aunt and uncle who 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.
At the tender age of 8, I had an incredible creative moment that foreshadowed my future methods of learning, curriculum development, teaching with my final transition back into unschooling that would inspire the lives of my future students. As a child, with my paper, scissors, tape, a pencil and crayons in hand, I proceeded to make tiny booklets combining elementary math problems decorated with pictures I drew of marine life I had read about at my grandparents house. In just a few minutes, I developed my first child self-directed math/science living books combining my study of marine life with the core subject I was learning and struggling with in school – math. I have preserved and kept those little booklets through all the transitions of my life to this day.
How NatureGlo’s eScience Helps People Like You
As a young 8 year old girl, given the simplest of tools and guided by my own natural curiosity, I was able to make my own creative living books incorporating both science and math studies. It was the equivalent of the notebook approach or lapbook many home educators love to use. In my classes I teach my students to be guided by their own learning curiosity and select projects and activities they can create based on their favorite topic per subject. This kind of self-directed education liberty has given birth to many remarkable, creative student projects.
For most home and school educators, finding the time to create thematic unit studies from scratch is both time consuming and challenging. Many educators get burnt out or give up turning to boxed curriculum. While I loved combining my love of nature with maths as a child, throughout grade school and college, I hated mainstream math education’s disconnection with the real world. I lost interest in math altogether. It wasn’t until my early 20’s when I discovered that numbers and nature truly are interconnected. I immediately became enthralled with studying these connections. In 2003, I began creating my MathArt course for my students which shows the real life interconnected relationships there are between math, science, art, history and literature.
My online science classes are geared for students who love the plant and animal kingdom, want to learn more about them while helping parents meet state science requirements. MathArt, while not a full on math curriculum, can be supplementary or a total unschool solution. It will show your learner what’s missing in most math curriculum – inspiring real life connections!
How Am I Qualified to Teach You and or Your Child?
I hold a BA in K-12 education and received the Kamana 1 and 2 program certificates from the Wilderness Awareness School. I began the first fourteen years of my teaching career in private schools teaching all grades and most subjects. In 2011, I transitioned to deschooling and finally into unschooling while facilitating homeschool students as an independent educator both in person and online.
Here I am, fall 2010, with my HASC unschool students looking at nature’s patterns found in fruits and vegetables.
NatureGlo from the desert, to the mountains and the shore. Image left: Me at Slab City, CA fall 2015, middle image, a beautiful creek stream in Yosemite, fall 2015 and finally to the Oregon shore in Summer 2014.
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. Many of the photographs I use in my course lessons are taken from my RVing travels around the west coast, USA.