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.
Are you looking for fun, relaxed homeschool science and math lessons for your kids? We recently tested out several math and science lessons from NatureGlo’s eScience, through NatureGlo’s eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle.
All of my kids are actually below the minimum recommended age (10) for this program, but both my 8yo and my 7yo have been enjoying it anyway. There are a few courses I plan to go through for myself, too. NatureGlo’s eScience offers over 30 math and science courses, including a handful of free sample lessons.
Complete Unit Studies for Science and Math
Each one of the courses we’ve opened has had video presentations, which are recordings from live classes. These are Gloria walking students through a slideshow, expounding on the information. Personally, I find the presentations dry, but my kids haven’t seemed to mind. You can also skip the videos and just go through the slideshows on your own, although the auditory input with the visual slideshow can be helpful to many students.
The courses vary in length. Some are just 1-lesson classes (such as Bubbleology and Exploring the Giant Redwood Trees), while others are longer, up to 6-week classes (multiple marine biology courses). Each course is absolutely packed with information! In addition to the slideshows and video lessons, there are photo galleries, worksheet quizzes, interactive quizzes, links to related video content, coloring pages and drawing lessons, and so much more. They’re complete unit studies for science and math.
Just take a look at some of the courses offered:
- Introduction to MathArt
- MathArt: Polygons and Patterns in Nature
- The Life and Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher
- The Life and Mathematical Art of Leonardo da Vinci
- Marine Biology: Dramatic Deep Sea Creatures
- Herps Explorers: Komodo Dragon
- Herps Zoology: Poison Dart Frog, Python, and Caiman
- Geology: Intro to Rockhounding
- Many, many more!
My boys started out with the Rockhounding course and immediately created an Amazon wishlist for all the supplies they need! Over the next two days they spent the majority of their time creating their own dig site out back (unfortunately for them, we live near the beach, and our yard is primarily sand).
We’ve also gone through much of the course on the Giant Redwoods, started the Introduction to MathArt, and peeked into Bubbleology. The boys are torn on which course to start next, but I’m hoping they’ll join me to learn more about the Komodo Dragon, an animal that’s always fascinated me. Then I’m planning to jump into the lessons on Escher and da Vinci.
Too Many Options?
If you’re overwhelmed with the options, or want your kids to follow a more structured plan, Gloria has created a “roadmap” for you to use. Instead of just listing out the order to go through the lessons, she has created a separate course that combines all the others and puts them into a logical order. Students following the roadmap will then complete lessons through this course.
Some Pros, Some Cons, and More Reviews
The website is not intuitive to navigate, and I wasn’t able to find a “sign up” button on the home page. Eventually I figured out new students can register by clicking on the “student login” link in the footer at the very bottom. From there, I believe you have to register for the site before you can enroll in any courses, but there is no pricing information readily available.
There is a chat box on the site (bottom right corner), so I would recommend starting there if you want to sign-up but are as confused as I am about how that process works.
We haven’t done a full course yet, as my kids are still on the young side, but we’ve done pieces of several classes, and I can definitely say that my family is enjoying this program. It’s a great fit for relaxed or unschooling families, and even for more classical or traditional homeschoolers (or public school families) who want to use it as a supplement.
We were one of 50 families who had the opportunity to try out these relaxed homeschool science and math courses from NatureGlo’s eScience. Click through the banner below to read more reviews from other families, and see if it would be a good fit for yours.