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Biology 1 is a Level 1 Noeo package, containing all the experiment kits, schedules, books, and worksheets you need for one complete year of homeschool science in the 1st - 3rd Grade (ages 5-8). Take a look at a a helpful flyer here and a sample of the instructor's guide to learn more about our award-winning Noeo courses.
Designed especially for teaching science in Christian homes, Noeo Science's variety-filled structure is best described as a balance between the classical method and the Charlotte Mason approach. In contrast with a single textbook approach, we think that living books, hands on experiments, lab notebooks, and other activities will encourage more interest in science, particularly with younger students. All of these books and experiments have been carefully selected by a team of Christians (including homeschooling parents and curriculum experts) to guide children into discovery of the complexity, order, and wonder of God's design.
Bio 1 is recommended for First Grade (or you can swap with any of the other Noeo Science Level 1 courses). If you have multiple children, you can have them all do the same course—just pick the one that matches your children's abilities and interests best!
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- Human Body
- Major Ecosystems
- Plants and Trees
Major Scientists Covered in Biology 1:
- Louis Pasteur
- John James Audubon
Contents of Biology 1:
- Instructor's Guide
- Lab Manual
- Dorling Kindersley First Animal Encyclopedia
- One Small Square: Cactus Desert
- One Small Square: Woods
- One Small Square: Seashore
- Pasteur's Fight Against Microbes
- Usborne Science Activities - Science with Plants
- Usborne Internet-Linked First Encyclopedia of the Human Body
- The Boy Who Drew Birds
- Audubon's Birds of America Coloring Book
- My First Book About Weather
- Experiments in Earth Science and Weather with Toys and Everyday Stuff
- Weather Ready-to-Read Value Pack: Rain; Wind Clouds; Snow; Rainbow; Sun
- Weather Clues in the Sky
- The Young Scientists Club Biology 1 Experiment Kits: Kit #10 Bacteria and Fungi, Kit #17 Heart and Lungs, Kit #18 The Digestive System, Kit #19 Bones and Muscles, and Kit #20 The Senses
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"For years I’ve advocated avoiding traditional science textbooks and, instead, choosing fewer topics to cover in more detail using real books and experiments. Obviously, many homeschoolers agree with me since publishers are increasingly putting together courses that fit this description. I think Noeo Science has done one of the best jobs yet!" -Cathy Duffy, Top Picks
"If you are looking for a science curriculum which presents the material in an easy-to-use format, is fun for both parent and student and comes to your home with EVERYTHING in one box, then you should definitely take a look at Noeo Homeschool Science! I know that I'm also considering buying the Chemistry II kit for future use!" -Kris Price (and kids!), Assistant to the Publishers, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"We have been using NOEO Science curriculum for two years now and have LOVED it! They have 3 levels to cover 1-3rd, 4-6th, and 7-9th grades. It is great for families with kids in different grades because they can use one level to teach the siblings together... I would say this homeschool science curriculum is affordable because of the way that 1 level and course can be used for multiple students at one time and also saved and reused later for other kids. You also have the option of just buying the Teacher Guide and finding the needed books at the library or bought used somewhere else. They are currently working on expanding their curriculum to older students." -a homeschooling mom
"Our Family LOVES your course. Wow! How refreshing was your physics II curriculum. Our boys enjoy science, great books, & discovering knowledge/principles on their own. Your design uniquely fits our family. We have 5 children and finding homeschooling materials that are not text/worksheet intensive that also works for our large family has been challenging......Thank you for a SUPER program." -Denise
"Noeo Science is really a “pick up and go” type curriculum, which I absolutely love about it. I get overwhelmed and burnt out easily if I have to do much preparation or pre-planning before teaching my kids a subject. I prefer to learn right along with them, and Noeo makes it super easy for me to do that." -a homeschooling mom
"Just letting you know that all the science curriculum arrived last week, and we're two days into it, and loving it! The materials look outstanding, and the teacher's guide is laid out so simply. It is going to make science "do-able" for us again, because it's not overwhelming, but at the same time it seems very thorough. I'm excited about learning chemistry with my kids, as I was very intimidated by that subject when I was in high school. We had so much fun doing the reading and experiments in both the biology and chemistry, yesterday and today. I'm sure the excitement will wear off, but that's the good part - if and when it does, it will still get done, because it doesn't seem overwhelming. We have four children, ages 3, 5, 9, and 11, and the three older ones are loving it. (The youngest is napping during the time we do science). Anyway, I just thought I'd drop a line, and let you know we are very pleased with it - all my friends are standing by, waiting to see what I think, so I'm sure you'll be getting more business in the future. Thanks again!" -Lorna
"Noeo Science is a rare jewel for Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. Miss Mason felt that nature study was adequate science instruction for elementary children. But for eclectic homeschoolers who desire a more structured science curriculum in addition to nature study, Noeo fits the bill... I found it a wonderful curriculum and am totally satisfied with the purchase. The books are colorful and engaging, the type that you don’t want to sell once the study is over. There is a definite structure, but it’s not so stifling that you can’t go off on tangents of your own." -The Curriculum Choice blog
"This excellent program is a great Charlotte-Mason-style science curriculum. The program does not use a textbook, but rather a collection of wonderful living science books along with the Young Scientist Club experiment kits. Lessons are short and include oral, written, or drawn narrations. It is very flexible and can be done inexpensively since most of the books are readily available through the library... With living books, short lessons, narrations, and integrated experiments, no program better fits a Charlotte Mason style science education. Our family highly recommends it." -a homeschooling mom
"I just received my Physics II kit and am extremely pleased with it. Everything arrived in perfect order. My son was very excited when he saw all the books and especially the kits. He wanted to start working on it immediately, even though it was 8:00 at night! Thank you so much for putting all this together and making my life easier while still being able to teach my son the joys of hands-on science." -Pam
"We received the package and got right into it! Thank you so much! The kids got the books out and started reading immediately. My daughter even called her homeschooled best friend in Texas and read to her out of one of the books. I am very impressed with the whole kit from the choice of experiments to the books it includes. The weekly schedule looks great-no lengthy prep work to decide how much to cover-it's all there. What a answer to my prayers!" -Tina
"I just wanted to let you know that we are about 9 weeks into the Chemistry I curriculum. I am using it for my first grader and third grader. I really, really like it! The books are great, the manual is very easy to use, the kids are interested in the subject and experiments, and it lends itself to all kinds of tweaking as far as making it more or less difficult. Even as written, it seems like just the right amount of work for all involved. I am glad to have found you, and I'm happy to support a family run local company! I recommend you to all my homeschooling friends now, because science seems to be the hardest curriculum to come by. Yours is excellent, and exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much! Next year, we'll do Physics I, and we're all looking forward to it." -Amy
"Thanks for a wonderful science program! My 2nd and 4th graders are loving Biology II. It is very age-appropriate for the 4th grader, and is easy to scale down for the 2nd grader. We love the wonderful content, amazing book choices, and ease of use. Now science is our favorite subject!!!" -Kat
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DOES A NOEO SCIENCE BUNDLE INCLUDE EXPERIMENT KITS AND THE INSTRUCTOR GUIDE, OR SHOULD I PURCHASE THOSE SEPARATELY?
The Noeo Bundles (Bio 1 & 2; Phys 1, 2, & 3; Chem 1, 2, & 3) contain everything you need for each year of science (experiments, books, and instructor guide). No need to buy anything else! Feel free to ask further science questions in the Christian Education Hub Facebook group—you’ll get a quick response!
ARE BIBLE REFERENCES OR OTHER CHRISTIAN MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THE CURRICULUM?
We assume that Christian parents already make Bible study an integral and essential part of the child's daily schedule. We believe that science, for Christians, is simply observing and describing God's creation. Our books are carefully selected to provide marvelous examples of all of the wonders of His creation. Our materials are written to provide a framework for an organized study of science, not as a tool to provide our own commentary. If science is viewed from a Christian perspective, then His invisible qualities will be clearly seen (Romans 1:20) without any need for comments from us.
We have also chosen not to include Scriptural references in our materials. Many science programs are being marketed as Christian homeschool science because they have sprinkled in a Bible verse here and there. Some of these programs use verses that are clearly taken out of context. In our opinion, it is unacceptable to teach children to mold Scripture to fit our needs rather than allowing it to teach us in context. We instead recommend that a complete, sound Bible study be used in conjunction with our curriculum (or any other).
HOW ARE EVOLUTION AND OTHER SECULAR IDEAS HANDLED?
Evolution and other secular ideas are occasionally presented in the books that we provide. However, we do not include books that are overly dogmatic in their presentation of these ideas. We think it is important for children to learn differing views and to have meaningful discussions about these topics with their parents.
Covering up or hiding these ideas in the home school only creates confusion for the child who hears and sees this information presented elsewhere (e.g. television, radio, magazines, bumper stickers, college,...).
We also think it is more important for children to hear what their own parents believe about these issues than to hear what we believe. For this reason, we have not included commentary for these discussions.
WHY DON'T YOU INCLUDE REVIEW QUESTIONS, WORKSHEETS, OR TESTS (WITH ANSWER KEYS)? HOW CAN A CHILD BE EVALUATED/GRADED WITHOUT THESE TOOLS?
Think about the last time that you were trying to learn something new.
Did you run out looking for the best 500 page workbook that you could find on the subject?
You more likely searched for the best books available on that topic with engaging text and practical examples (with pictures!). Maybe you took some notes or discussed what you learned with someone else that had knowledge of the subject.
Now think about how much you still remember. Most of us are products of a classroom education. Our grades were typically based on successfully completing a series of worksheets, quizzes, and tests. The information was placed in short-term memory by cramming for the next exam. Upon successfully satisfying our need for the information, we then quickly forgot it and moved on to the next task.
Unfortunately, these evaluation tools are sometimes necessary in an environment where large numbers of students need to be graded at the same time. However, we should not limit our teaching techniques to those methods that are most familiar to us. There are many more natural learning tools available to homeschoolers.
Charlotte Mason used the term "narration" to describe a student's summary of a recent reading assignment. The student was required to read, or listen to someone reading, a short section of a book. The student then submitted an oral or written recount of the text in their own words. The child was evaluated based on their recollection of the reading. It is not possible or desirable to have an "answer key" for such discussions. The narrations are very individualized and allow for creativity. Most of all, narrations are an effective teaching tool that require a student to respond to their learning and to "own" their newly discovered knowledge. Understandably, this technique has also been called the "teach back" method. As a teacher, you can probably relate to how much is learned by teaching someone else. It is a simple, yet remarkably effective technique. Many have said, "If you can teach it, then you have learned it for life."
For more information on using narrations to teach, you may want to visit the following websites:
Narration Beats Tests -- by Karen Andreola (author of A Charlotte Mason Companion)
Tips for Narration -- by Susan Wise Bauer (author of The Well-Trained Mind, A Guide to Classical Education at Home)
Illustrating Science Lessons is Another Form of Narration -- by Karen Andreola (author of A Charlotte Mason Companion)
DO YOUR INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDES INCLUDE COMMENTARY OR JUST SCHEDULES?
We provide occasional commentary, but the books and experiment kits provide the substance of the program. Typically, our comments clarify an assignment, point out a minor error in a text, or note an upcoming topic that may prompt further discussion.
Our instructor's guides are designed to provide a logically organized structure to the reading assignments, experiments, and activities. However, they are much more than just schedules. They allow you to use multiple books and experiment kits concurrently, rather than simply "read this book, then this book." The experiments actually relate closely to the reading and multiple books add variety to the topic being studied. The guides also include reproducible student notebook pages and vocabulary word lists. Best of all, these time-savers are a bargain.
MY NINE-YEAR-OLD (OR OLDER) CHILD HAS NOT STUDIED MUCH SCIENCE YET. SHOULD WE START WITH THE LEVEL I COURSES?
The recommended ages for our courses are directed more towards a child’s current reading level than their prior knowledge of science.
The Level I courses are not required to be completed before the Level II courses. However, if you feel that your child will become frustrated by the more challenging reading in the Level II courses, then we would suggest using a Level I program with that child. Our age and grade levels are simply recommendations.
You are the best judge of your children’s needs.
CAN ONE CURRICULUM PACKAGE BE SHARED WITH MULTIPLE STUDENTS (AND DIFFERENT AGES)?
Yes. A single package can be shared with multiple students and with various ages of children. The notebook pages are reproducible for multiple students. The experiment kits can be shared with several students at the same time (Note: some consumable materials may need to be replaced if you plan to save the kits for younger children to use in subsequent years).
If you have children with widely varied ages, then you may want to consider using a Level I and a Level II program simultaneously. However, others have successfully used our curriculum by having the younger student(s) “listen in” on the Level II study. This is typically done with the understanding that the younger children will hear the information again at a later date.
CAN NOEO SCIENCE BE USED FOR CO-OPS OR OTHER GROUP TEACHING SITUATIONS?
Yes. The materials can be shared between small groups of students. Depending on your group’s schedule, you may want to have the parents cover some of the material at home (e.g. complete the reading assignments at home and the experiments at the co-op).
Small schools can also successfully use our curriculum. The books can be shared by 2 or 3 students, and the experiment kits can also be shared. Typically, only one Instructor’s Guide is needed. Please contact us for special pricing on classroom orders.
DO THE LEVEL I COURSES CORRESPOND TO THE LEVEL II COURSES BY CONTENT AREA BEING STUDIED DURING THE COURSE OF A YEAR? (E.G. IF ONE CHILD IS STUDYING ATOMS IN CHEMISTRY I, WILL AN OLDER CHILD ALSO BE STUDYING ATOMS AT THE SAME TIME IN CHEMISTRY II?)
Although we understand that this would be a convenient option, it is simply not feasible with the variety of books that we use and the wide range of topics that need to be covered. There are times when the two levels might overlap, but not as a general rule. However, this does not prevent two different aged children from learning from each level of the curriculum. For example, an older child studying Biology II could assist a younger child with the reading and experiments in Biology I. The younger child could also listen to the reading assignments and observe the experiments of the older child. Both would benefit from the exposure to the different presentations of the material.
HOW LONG DOES EACH COURSE TAKE?
Each of our science courses is intended to take an entire school year (36 weeks) to complete. For example, you may decide to do Chemistry I in grade 1, followed by Physics I in grade 2, followed by Biology I in grade 3 (also see the related question below concerning order of study). This is assuming that you follow our scheduled outline. Some families may elect to speed up or slow down the pace.
IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR ORDER THAT THE CURRICULUM NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED IN (E.G. BIOLOGY FIRST, THEN CHEMISTRY, THEN PHYSICS)?
No. A child may start at any point in our curriculum without prior knowledge of that subject. There is no particular order of study that needs to be followed or any material in one subject that requires an understanding from another. If you were to poll the “experts”, you would find wide disparity in their opinions of which science should be studied first, and a variety of reasons why. The opinions seem to be determined as much by area of expertise as anything else.
We recommend that you select the course that is most interesting to your child. At this age, our goal is to promote an interest in science.
DO THE EXPERIMENTS CORRELATE WITH THE READING ASSIGNMENTS?
Yes! That is one of the main features of our program. We understand how frustrating it is to be asked to complete an experiment that is completely unrelated to the subject matter being studied. Our Instructor’s Guides are designed to provide a logical order to the reading assignments and experiments.
IS THERE A SEPARATE “STUDENT NOTEBOOK” THAT NEEDS TO BE PURCHASED?
No. The student notebooks are created using our reproducible pages (now available online) or any other form of notebook that you and your children prefer to use. The notebook will include narrations (summarizations), sketches and drawings, definitions, experiment pages, and any other items that you would like to include (e.g. photographs, nature walk “treasures”, etc.).
CAN I USE MY LIBRARY FOR SOME OF THE BOOKS AND ORDER ONLY WHAT I CAN’T FIND THERE?
Yes. Our books and experiment kits can be purchased separately or as a complete set. The Instructor’s Guides are also available individually. We provide our products separately in order to accommodate those that use their library or already own some of the titles.
However, please keep in mind that our curriculum is intended to be used as a complete program. It will not be nearly as effective if only a few books are used or the experiments are excluded. However, if you have a great library nearby and can organize your checkout times to correspond to your schedule, then you can definitely use our program successfully.
DO YOU PLAN TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS FOR OLDER STUDENTS?
Our long-term plans will depend on the needs of our customers. We have had numerous inquiries about development of the curriculum for ages 13 and up. We are currently in the process of developing our level III courses and hope to have them completed soon. These courses will be intended for 12-15 year olds. In the meantime, the Riot and the Dance Foundational Biology functions as our high school "level 3" Biology offering.
Other Noeo resources:
Chemistry 1: $219 This year-long course covers atoms & molecules; the Periodic Table; solids, liquids, and gases; compounds, mixtures & solutions; acids and bases; chemical reactions, polymers and plastics; and a 5-week unit on rocks, minerals & crystals. It includes books and Youngest Science experiment kits.
Physics 1: $229 This year-long course covers forces and motion, simple machines, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, flight, space, and famous inventors such as Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and Galileo Galilei. It includes books and Youngest Science experiment kits.
Biology 2: $165 This year-long course covers the microscopic world, biological classifications, insects, fish and other water creatures, birds and other flying creatures, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, ecology and conservation, human body, plants, seeds and flowers, and fungi. It includes books and Youngest Science experiment kits.
Chemistry 2: $187 This year-long course covers atoms & molecules, solids, liquids and gases, mixtures and compounds, elements, the Periodic Table, and geology. It includes books and Youngest Science experiment kits.
Physics 2: $194 This year-long course covers energy, forces, motion, light, sound, electricity, astronomy, and famous inventors, such as Archimedes, Galileo Galilei, and Sir Isaac Newton. It includes books and Youngest Science experiment kits.
Chemistry 3: $259 This year-long course covers the history of chemistry, the Periodic Table, chemical reactions, metals, nonmetals, mixtures, compounds and solutions, states of matter, and acids and bases. It includes books and the Thames and Kosmos CHEM C2000 experiment kit.
Physics 3: $296 This year-long course covers the history of physics, forces and motion, simple machines, energy, electricity, magnets and electromagnetism, light, sound, and famous inventors such as Albert Einstein, Archimedes, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Galileo Galilei. It includes books, the Thames & Kosmos Physics Workshop Experiment Set, and the Electronic Snap Circuits Snaptricity Set.
There is no Noeo Bio 3 package because in 9th grade (high school) your student needs to complete a traditional Biology textbook with labs and assessments to meet college admissions requirements. The Riot and the Dance is the best Christian high school biology curriculum: beautifully illustrated and clearly taught lessons about the wonders of Creation!