At some point in their education just about every student asks the question, “When will I ever use this in real life?!?!” This is especially true about math and most often when it is a difficult concept. I don’t always know how to answer that question to be perfectly honest. I did well in math through school, but it was never easy. I struggled to attain strong grades once reaching mathematics classes beyond geometry. I was excited for Rose to have the opportunity to try out the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience for this very reason. She is much like me in how she processes mathematics I know it is important for her to see connections in real life! I also know how much she relates to art while learning and was excited to see her dive into one of the courses. She has been working through Math Connections with the Real World for the last several weeks.
One of the aspects I really enjoy about this program is that it is online. Our daughters have large screen tablets with attachable keyboards and we use these more and more for schoolwork. We use a white-list web browser that allows me to input specific web addresses, so this is how we handled this class. Rose was able to login on her own and complete the work at her own pace. She is getting older and so much of education is transitioning to online content. I love giving her opportunities like this to learn how to best learn with online coursework.
We both really liked the video content. Even though Rose worked on this independently I took some time to view the videos as well. They were interesting and engaging. I found the teaching to be clear and left me wanting to continue watching and learn more! Rose told me she likes that the teacher explains things multiple ways and included lots of examples.There are also nicely presented slide presentations for each unit as well as extension activities, projects and web resources for anyone who wants to dig deeper.
In addition to the fabulous online content there are printable resources as well. I liked the written material as a reference point for Rose, but she mostly enjoyed the videos. The other thing loved was the quizlet at the end of each unit! Rose thought these were fun as well. They are not traditional math quizzes at all and she found them to be enjoyable.
The units contain literature, historical, and scientific connections. This usually includes some artistic references which really engages Rose! She is very excited to continue the rest of the courses this year and I’m thrilled. She doesn’t usually love her math work and this is a great addition to our regular math curriculum. I like the looks of Mathematics in the Arts & Sciences as I know how much she likes history. The variety of historical art and science connections throughout these lessons look fascinating! I’m also anxious to have her complete MathArt in Ancient Cultures. I know it will interest her and seeing the beauty and intelligence of the ancients is truly fascinating. This will also compliment the study of ancient cultures Beth is completing this year so I intend to have her join in the fun!
Initially the page setup for the course confused me a little and I wasn’t completely certain what to print for Rose. After a short learning curve it did become more clear to me and we flowed smoothly through.
If you are looking for a course that will help you take a new look at math with your student, look no further! You will be incredibly pleased with these courses. Check out what my Crewmates have to say!