Overall I like this program. I am using it with my 2nd/4th grader and was torn between the chemistry 1 and 2, but didn't want to miss anything presented in level 1. We have found the pace to be too slow in some areas (too short of a reading and not deep enough follow up questions or discussion prompts) and most of the experiments to be too short or silly. Would have really liked the experiment part to be more substantial. I also don't like how the schedule is not consistent, with some weeks having the experiment suggested on different days, some weeks have less readings and more experiments, etc. I need to keep experiment days separate from reading/lesson days on my schedule and I ended up having to tweak a lot to fit a consistent schedule rather than just open and go each week. The kids really like the books we are reading and I can tell they are interested in the subject and gaining a lot of knowledge.
Our kids are engaged, enjoy the stories & the experiments. We’re taking our time with the curriculum.. beauty of homeschooling!
The experiments don't work, the lessons aren't in depth enough and trying to keep track of what we are doing throughout the 3 main books is too confusing. My kids like the story books though.
I can’t believe how much my second grader is learning. Didn’t think it was possible to learn physics so early! My four year old begs me to let him join all the experiments because they are so fun!
This has been our favorite curriculum this year! The hands-on activities are perfect for our two active boys and they have learned a lot from the living books. They actually beg to start the school day with Biology 1! As a working mom, I appreciate that it is open and go and doesn't require a lot of scheduling and planning on my end.
As a former science educator of 10 years and now homeschool mom, I was excited about Noeo and it appeared to be one of the best on the market from my research. Upon using the curriculum, I am still impressed with it *in theory* , but many of the experiments do not “work”. Now, if this was marketed as an inquiry based (design your own) experiment or model, I wouldn’t have the same review. However, since this has “cookie cutter” experiments that spell the experiments out exactly and the parent and child are expecting them to work, I must leave a three star review. We do persist, tweak and make changes to the experiments (as any good scientist must do) ultimately are modified and work, but this is not how the curriculum is set up. Hopefully these issues are specific to the physics course.
I love the rigor of this program. Amd the redesign so that there's one experiment a week. However, not all the experiments are working well, or I have to troubleshoot them because the instructions are not complete. I have a chemistry degree, so this shouldn't be happening.
This is our 4th year of homeschooling and we are thrilled to have finally found a Science curriculum that our whole family LOVES. We are currently using Biology 1 and Biology 2 and reserve a weeks worth of study every Thursday. My children look forward to this specific day, where we sit as a family and dig our noses in the books and hands on experiments. We will definitely be using these products for years to come! Praise God for his amazing creation!
We had high hopes, but its not working very well for us. Half the books read just like text books, the charts for what to do daily are confusing and many of the experiments just dont work which really makes it hard for my kids to stay interested. The Lab book is just worksheets of questions and they dread that part. I really wanted Noeo to work for us, but its not a good fit. My kids using this are boy age 10 and girl age 9.
So far we are liking but not loving it. I am homeschooling my 2 granddaughters who are 9 and 11. I wish we had started with a level one when the girls were younger. It is a little hard for the 9 year old. They love the experiments though. Sometimes the various readings seem a little disjointed and random.
So far, I like the content. I don't always have the "normal household" items to complete the experiments, so we supplement with YouTube videos (which can be really cool when they have it large scale). I think the 2 teachers books (experiment guide and instructor guide) could probably be combined. We like it, overall. Will probably use, again, next year.
My kids and I love the ease of Noeo Science. Every lesson is planned out for us and is never cumbersome to follow. We all really enjoy the book selections. I personally like that a couple of optional experiments or activities are thrown in the week in case the kids want to take a topic further, and the weekly main experiments have been a hit. We’ve found a winner in homeschool science!
So far, I like the books a lot for my kindergarten student. It's not enough for my third grade in re difficulty. The books are great, but some of the materials are insufficient for the experiments (ie, only one petri dish though more than one experiment called for them and the home experiments book calls for materials we do not regularly have at home. I want a little less shopping to do experiments). Again, the books are great.
I really enjoy the simplicity of the lesson plans as well as the approach to use a variety of texts. The pace is appropriate as well and seems reasonable for my 2nd grader. The labs are generally pretty easy to execute with given materials and things from home, so that’s nice. Although we often don’t answer the questions in the “Lab Manual”, but rather just verbally go over our findings.
This approach does lack a certain order and structure that you would get from a traditional text book approach. I would like to see more info given in the “Lab Manual” and “Instructors Guide” to outline and organize key concepts (e.g.; terms/definitions, laws listed, brief explanations). It sort of seems like the material has to be pieced together like a patchwork quilt and there’s nowhere really to organize it. I’m not sure how well this would work for someone without a science background because I’m regularly drawing on my own knowledge to help my kids (my older kids are doing the Physics II curriculum) categorize and organize the information being presented.
The experiments are wonderful! Although these are supposed to be for grades 1-3, my 4th grader loves them are is challenged by the experiments and concepts!
What a great program! This is the first time I am teaching chemistry. As I told my co-op students (6th -9th grade), I am learning alongside with them. Noeo Chemistry makes this easy and interesting! The materials chosen for this class are excellent! We are yet to get into the first experiments, but are looking forward to seeing what's 'in the box'. Experiment are set to start in week 8. I have supplemented the lessons with short videos to spruce up the hour-long class. Also, I would recommend writing out definitions, using a 'chemistry history timeline' to keep track, as well as utilizing a periodic table template that the students fill in as new elements are introduced. This course is well worth your while and will definitely give students a thorough introduction to chemistry!
I enjoy science and love how easy it is to prepare for a lesson and share chemistry with my kids. My youngest even enjoys doing the experiments and is learning with the oldest. Perfect!
Our family first did the biology course. Overall, my kids liked it so we decided to try out the chemistry. They like this one even more! There are frequent experiments and the experiments are very hands on which really piques my children's interest and curiosity. Some books could use a little more explanation (e.g. elements) but, overall a VERY good course. Would definitely recommend this to others looking to give younger kids a good foundation and catching their interest early on in science.
We have really enjoyed NOEO Biology 1 so far. The reading selections are easy to do, and we have all learned a lot. Having the activities all prepped means we are actually doing them.
We aren't using the worksheets because my son isn't a strong writer yet, but I think it's nice that they are available.