Discoveries by Spring MathArt student, Megan B. – March 14, 2016
“The more I learn in MathArt, the more I realize the infinite number of ways math can be used. I have absolutely despised math since I was old enough to add and subtract; therefore, math has always been a cold, empty, meaningless subject to me.
My hatred of math stemmed mostly from a learning disability called dyscalculia, which interferes with awareness of concepts such as numerical values, memorization of facts, measurements, ability to tell time, and distinction between left and right. My favorite subjects in school have always been the arts and natural sciences. When I began taking the MathArt class, I learned that my most beloved and hated subjects were not opposites, but intertwined. I’d never viewed math in that light before and it has helped me greatly in all three subjects.
Now, I realize that math is in fact a helpful tool. Just as you can’t expect to draw anything without a pencil, you can’t expect your drawing of a cat to look like a cat without the proper proportions -and math can help with that. Building a rough mannequin of your subject using geometric shapes helps to get the “feel” of the object, I’ve discovered.
Once I began thinking of math as the key to imagination, rather than the locked door that blocked creativity, I noticed a change in my art.
My drawings no longer looked stiff and emotionless. My people seemed to be alive on the paper, smiling at me in their cartoonish way.”
“Gloria has been an absolute delight for my kids! They have taken several classes and loved the online interaction with both Gloria and other children from all over the world. Since there is no official ‘homework,’ my kids feel free to explore the topics for fun. When something of interest takes hold, they have the liberty and enthusiasm to design their own creative projects.
Gloria covers the content in a professional, advanced, scientific, yet understandable way. I wondered at first if my junior high and elementary students could follow along. But Gloria combines common language and scientific language beautifully, so that elementary kids can understand the basics and older kids can be introduced to more advanced scientific terminology. The constant exposure to proper terminology has helped them advance in science in a way that traditional book reading does not. Hearing words in proper context seems to help the ideas ‘stick.’ My kids consistently repeat facts that they have heard in her classes, even classes we took two years ago. I highly recommend NatureGlo for kids who need more than a textbook to captivate their minds and imaginations!” -Melinda L.
Review on July 2017
“These classes are awesome because the structure of the class is very interactive. The power point interaction pages really help reinforce the material, my son is not only learning the information but retaining it as well! He also loves the fact that the students work is shared regularly in the classes.
Additionally, you should know that you really helped him develop much needed group communication skills. The way you encouraged the students to do reports and projects and share with others on the class page was awesome. Carlisle was diagnosed with autism at age 2, and social skills have always been a work in progress. The way you set up the sharing section of the classes allowed him to practice back and forth communication with others while giving him to time to think through his responses. This was really valuable for him because this summer he took a history class at the college and they had a similar set up with a class page that everyone needed to contribute on, thanks to your classes he had already practiced that skill and he earned did really well wth the group responses (and earned 92 in the class).
Thanks again for offering such a valuable service to home schooling family’s!” -Ceason C.
Review on September 2017
“My children have taken several months’ worth of NatureGlo’s science classes with Gloria Brooks – studying both herpetology and deep sea marine biology. As a parent, I love both the provided structure and the flexibility that the courses offer. I was able to easily adapt the activities to accommodate my elementary, middle, and high school aged children.
I also especially appreciated Ms. Brooks’ attention to coaching children through appropriate online research practices and source attribution in their work. As a family, we found that the content in the classes integrated amazingly well with offline resources, including our local zoo and aquarium. We gained so much more understanding, and found that we returned to these attractions with greater enthusiasm and frequency, as our children’s excitement increased as a direct result of their learning.
Which leads to the real “carrot” here – our children love Ms. Brooks’ classes. They love logging in to participate in real time and they took great pride in creating and making live online presentations to their classmates. Further, on the occasions we were unable to accommodate the live class schedule, our children did not feel left out since they were able to catch up by watching the recordings. I continue to recommend Ms. Brook’s classes without reservations, and will seek opportunities to integrate them in our future learning journeys.” -Sandra G.
“My daughter loved the MathArt class she took through NatureGlo’s eScience. I know she would have taken more but we moved to an area with poor internet connection availability which made the online meeting portion of the class not possible. She says it was one of the best homeschool classes she has ever taken!” -Kelsi N. Stembel
“Gloria at NatureGlo has a unique ability to instill enthusiasm for science in her students. She makes learning fun and is an engaging instructor. We highly recommend.” Sara Moulton