Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
NatureGlo’s eScience courses are completely digital and created by Gloria Brooks, a Relaxed Eclectic Homeschool & Unschool Coach, and Teacher. Her goal is to bring these subjects to life for your student and to nurture learning through nature. If you favor a relaxed homeschool science approach, you’ll want to check out NatureGlo’s eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience.
About NatureGlo eScience
These online courses are really unit studies geared toward ages 12 and up. The unit studies can be used as electives, to supplement your current curriculum, or even combine several as your full curriculum for many subjects. The courses are designed to help your child engage in learning by focusing on topics they want to learn about.
As you go through each course, you will check off what you have completed and be given a digital award. Each lesson consists of an illustrated PowerPoint and study guide. Most of the lessons have Gloria teaching through the PowerPoint, motivating students to be creative and curious.
The MathArt courses have unit studies such as MathArt: Patterns and Shapes in Nature, The Geometric Beauty of Snowflakes, MathArt in Arts and Sciences, and more. Basically, MathArt is looking at patterns in nature and art. Kids can learn about geometry patterns in the world, but also understand how artists follow some of the math laws.
The Science courses range from Bubbleology to Sharks, Rockhounding, Botany, and Marine Zoology. There are so many to pick from, and your child can really choose what they are interested in so the learning is something they are naturally curious about!
Some of the unit studies take a week, while others are six weeks long. However, you can move at your own pace and if you decide to dig deeper into any topics, there is room for you to do so. That’s the joy of homeschooling!
A nice thing about these courses is that the whole family has access. You aren’t buying it for each child. It is always great when homeschool families find a program that you can purchase for the family. It can get expensive buying individual programs.
NatureGlo eScience Review
When I first heard about Gloria’s eScience course, I was really excited to try it based on the description. I thought it was going to be highly nature study focused, where students get outside and are in nature exploring the world around them, yet with guided lessons (that I, as a parent, so desperately need).
NatureGlo eScience is not that, though. It is really an online set of courses where you watch videos of Gloria go through PowerPoint presentations. After the presentation, kids work through the assignments that are given. This could be videos to watch, art projects to complete, or research at additional links where they can find more information. After a course is completed, kids will receive a certificate to show that it has been completed.
While I found the courses relatively easy to use, there is a lot of clicking around in each lesson, and students could get easily lost with some of the back and forth. There were many times when I tried to get back to the home screen and select a new course, but I just could not find my way back. I had to open a new browser and type in the main website link.
Although I like the concept of doing unit studies, my expectations were more of a nature based (into the outdoors) type of experience, so for that reason, I’m not sure how much we’ll continue to use this course. It is useful, though, if you have a subject, your child is highly interested in and want to focus on just that topic.
How We Used NatureGlo eScience
Since I have a couple kids who are already really into rock collecting, I thought the intro to rockhounding course would be a fun one for them to complete.
In this course, Gloria goes through a PowerPoint and explains what rockhounding is, the tools needed, and more.
A study guide is included that students can fill out as they watch along with the video. We found that these were really easy to complete as we listened to Gloria’s presentation.
After watching the main lesson there are activities to complete that include watching additional videos, visiting websites, painting rocks, and going outside to collect rocks of your own!
We, of course, had to collect some rocks since my kids love to do so. We also happen to have a rock and mineral spotter’s guide so we used that to help us try to identify some of the rocks. It’s not as easy as you think! Identifying rocks is really something that takes some practice, it can be really hard to tell sometimes!
After completion of our unit study, we got an achievement award!
While we had fun working through this unit together, I would say all-in-all my kids will not continue with this on their own. They prefer a more traditional approach with some structure. If we do these as family units, I think they will work out well for us and we may do a few more of them that way, but I don’t think I’ll be asking my kids to do their science this way on their own.
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