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This is our second year using the Logos Press NOEO science curriculum. When my kids were younger I created my own homeschool curriculum, but as the kids grew older I worried that there would be gaps in their science educations.
I knew I wanted to purchase a science curriculum that met a few criteria:
- Secular. My family is religious, but I have found that not all religious science curriculums line up with our beliefs. I prefer to teach religion and science separately. I wanted my science curriculum to be science-based.
- Appropriate for multiple grade levels. One way I teach multiple children is to combine subjects whenever possible. I wanted one curriculum that I could use with both Hannah and Ben.
- Easy to plan. I wanted a science curriculum that laid out our lesson plans in an easy-to-use format. The less prep work I need to do, the better.
I am so glad I found the Logos Press NOEO Science Curriculum!
The Best Science Curriculum
The NOEO science curriculum includes:
- A teachers guide
- High quality reference books
- Young Scientist experiments
A good teacher’s guide is crucial to being able to successfully implement a purchased curriculum. All the fancy materials in the world won’t matter if you don’t know what to do with them.
The NOEO science curriculum teacher’s guide contains two levels of notebooking pages and lab reports.
This is perfect for teaching my third and sixth grader at the same time. I teach the same information, we complete the same experiments, and watch the same videos, but the kids write notes and science reports according to their grade level.
The teacher’s guide also contains 36 weeks of lesson plans. Each week consists of 4 days worth of lesson plans. The daily plans include the pages to be read from the included books, experiments, internet links, and vocabulary words.
A master supply list is included in the beginning of the teacher’s guide, but there is also a shorter weekly supply list included within each week’s lesson plans. This makes it easy to purchase any supplies
Every NOEO science curriculum comes with a few high quality resource books. Our NOEO Biology 2 set included an Usborne Science Encyclopedia, Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope, Usborne Mysteries and Marvels of Nature, and The Body Book.
I already owned the Science Encyclopedia so I was able to buy the curriculum with a little bit of a discount.
The books that are included line up with the grade level for the chosen science curriculum. The NOEO science curriculum offers sets for grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8.
You know your child best though so don’t be afraid to purchase the grade level YOU feel is right. Ben started participating in the NOEO science 4-6th grade lessons when he was in 2nd grade.
Each NOEO science curriculum includes a few Young Scientist experiments. These experiments are great because they include the directions and all materials.
I am much more likely to complete an experiment if all of the materials are already in my house! You will want to conduct experiments in addition to the Young Scientist kits, but there are many simple experiments suggested in the teacher’s guide.
How I use NOEO
We typically do science 4 days a week, Monday – Thursday. This leaves Friday for fun projects, like creating an animal cell replica out of cake.
Each day I read the assigned pages to the kids and we discuss what we read. Next, the kids copy any vocabulary words and definitions into their science journals. If there are no definitions, then I try to find a craft or activity on Pinterest that relates to the lesson.
Finally, we will hop online to check out the related internet links that are scattered throughout the Usborne books. There are some amazing YouTube videos that I would never have found if it wasn’t for these internet links. This usually takes us 30 minutes or so per day.
Our science journals were very easy to assemble. I just made copies of the notebooking pages and experiment pages out of the teacher’s manual. I put the pages in a three ring folder after I hole punched them. Each child has their own journal. Our very first science activity each year involves decorating their science journal.
The only complaint I have with the NOEO science curriculum is that there are no high school level classes. I’m hoping Logos Press corrects that within the next two years 😉
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