Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MathArt Online (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

The resources for today’s homeschooling families really are impressive.  You don’t have to be an expert or proficient in a particular area. Someone with the passion and expertise has most likely created a product or curriculum that can help you out! Take for example NatureGlo’s eScience. We recently had the chance to review the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle.  

MathArt Online

The Math Art Bundle includes the following classes.

Math Connections with the Real World
MathArt in Ancient Cultures
MathArt in the Arts & Sciences
MathArt: Patterns in Nature

Each class is approximately 6-weeks. There is one lesson per week and each lesson integrates science, math, history and the arts. You have the option to take a class live, but we opted for the handier version of viewing the recorded classes.

The lessons include slide-show lectures, study guides to download, project ideas, extra resources (videos to watch, etc.) and interactive activities.

I decided to take a look extensively at the Math Connections with the Real World. The lessons included in this class are: 

Week #1 - Introduction & History of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers
Week #2 - The Golden Number & Fibonacci in Art, Architecture & Nature
Week #3 - Fibonacci Numbers - Flower Petals, Seed heads and More!
Week #4 - History & Golden Ratio of the Great Pyramid of Egypt
Week #5 - Quasicrystals & the Golden Ratio
Week #6 - The Mathematics of Music

The instructor and designer for the classes is Gloria. I love it when people are passionate about what they teach! And Gloria has done her homework. She has created a truly interactive and comprehensive product.

I want to show a little of Week #1. 

Along with the video links, we also get a download of all the Power Point slides. This is particularly helpful if you want to look through the material or provide extra study helps for the student. I know many of us like to have a notebook available for our students. 

I particularly love how Gloria has integrated all subjects into her studies. Math geeks will love the extra information she puts into every lesson.

In addition to the PDF of the slides, Gloria has also provided a study guide for the PowerPoint.  I find these beneficial to use while the lesson is going on. It helps the student pay attention to the information going forth.

As well as the Study Guide, there is a student workbook to download. These were easy to access and would make a nice addition to that notebook we were talking about.

Before I move on, you can see from this screen shot that the student can see their progress. The lessons don't allow you to move forward until you have completed the previous lesson. I personally found the visual of the marked off lessons to be extremely helpful.

The student workbook also provides a section of  additional activities and projects to do.

The extras and projects are just plain fun! I realize that it can get overwhelming for some, but I think you have to understand that you can't do it all. And I don't think you are expected to.

The last little bit in this lesson was a Quizlet. This was an online quiz. I think it's a fun interactive way to take a test!

Overall, this is a well-constructed and exciting product. Josiah personally had some difficulty. He does have dyscalculia and he is dyslexic. The videos and interactive nature of the classes make it easier for him to navigate as far as his reading is concerned....though there is quite a bit of it. I appreciated the clean and easy type and the uncluttered workbook pages. However, because he struggles with his number sense in general, he got flustered when it came to some of the "mathy" stuff...particularly in later lessons.

The product can be used for students as young as 12 and up. It would be terrific for bright and motivated kiddos who want to add an extra dimension to their studies. Or to use in between curriculum or as a Unit Study. 

I also had a chance to look through the Math in the Arts and Sciences class. There is some really neat stuff there. I love the gorgeous use of art. Really fascinating stuff! 

Go take a look! You can connect with NatureGlo’s eScience via the following social media outlets. Don't forget to click on the banner below to read more reviews! 
MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle {NatureGlo's eScience Reviews}
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