Grade 1-3 | Age 6-8
Monkeys. Lobsters. Cacti.
Noeo Biology 1 guides your kid through an exciting first exploration of the world of biology. We’ve packed your Noeo box with books, lesson plans, and experiments, all ready to go from day 1.
What's in Biology 1?
Comprehensive course of study
Biology 1 starts with the most basic forms of life and moves step-by-step all the way to the inner-workings of humans. By the end, your kid will have a solid grounding in biology for deeper scientific study.
Everything in one box
Built-in lesson plans and experiment materials mean you can start exploring the world of electric eels, frogs, and platypuses as soon as you open the box. Skip the Ready, Set, move straight to the Go!
Biology isn’t just about lists of species—it’s about elephant ears and crustacean dentists and Louis Pasteur. We’ve selected every book in Biology 1 to make the world come alive.
Every week your kids will get their hands dirty in the real world by performing echolocation, going on nature safaris, making stethoscopes, and more. And with easy-to-read experiment guides, your kids can do detailed experiments practically on their own—while you catch up on emails.
Have multiple kids who want to discover new plants and animals and learn how they live? Perfect! Biology 1 is designed so kids across multiple grades can share books, experiments, and lab manuals, or have their own.
Need to adjust your school week for a family getaway? No problem! With options for both a four-day and two-day per week schedule, Biology 1 enables you to adapt your curriculum to your calendar.
We love the programs flexibility. If a topic sparks interest we can dive in deeper. Only complaint is that in one of the books reptiles are called poisonous when the correct term is venomous.
Biology 1 (Grades 1-3)
I loved that the teacher's manual was easy to use and took all the work out of my hands. The experiments were fun, engaging, and didn't take up much time. My then 7 year old loved the experiments!
Most of the books were great! We loved the USBorne ones, and learning about weather. My child enjoyed learning about the different animals, I however found it boring. I also hated reading "One Small Square" it was painful, so painful I just stopped, while it's nice to explore the woods, it was just such a dry book. So while the curriculum is great, covers a lot, and provides hands on experiences, I as a parent couldn't get into some things. It wasn't my type of curriculum.
My 1st grader has loved science so much and always saves it for the end to have something to look forward to. I didn't love that the lab manual was kind of blank and useless without constant guidance from the teacher's manual, but I have already purchased the updated Physics 1 curriculum and am please to see that the new updated manuals give the kids clear instructions ("define x", "write one cool fact about y", etc.). From the ad I received, I understand they updated all lab manuals like this?
I would love more hands-on learning in the environment and animal units. Kind of slow and monotonous. I would also love a curated list of resources either each week or each unit that could point us at some great videos, documentaries, etc. that are not provided by Noeo but are easy enough to access online or in the library. I found a list of Magic School Bus episodes by subject and tried to make notes of them throughout the curriculum, but it took a while and sometimes didn't match up as well as I had hoped. Towards the end of the animals unit when the kids were losing interest, I finally started looking for documentaries, with inconsistent results. Heck, we watched "Happy Feet" for science one day (pausing for nature discussions), and the kids remember a lot about penguins now.
Oh. random, but the yeast we got was apparently dead (likely from the shipping), and provided an excellent teaching opportunity when we did the experiment again with live yeast from the fridge. It certainly emphasized proving your yeast before baking.
EDIT: Y'all, I just looked at the updated samples of the Lab and Teacher's manuals for this curriculum and I it looks to have made some amazing changes like what I had mentioned in my review. Changed from 4 to 5 stars. You should definitely get this curriculum if you're on the fence. My year with it was so fun and the new index is making me a little bit jealous of all the additional experiments and activities future students will get to enjoy. Well done, Noeo!
Everyone is loving it Even me