What is Noodle Homeschool?
Noodle Homeschool (found here, at a separate section of my website) is a fun online series of educational courses for kids, to help kids to use their noodles! Courses are designed for all ages of kids that are old enough to read independently, though younger children can enjoy learning along side a capable reader.
Courses include both online and offline activities and include a variety of resources including embedded videos and audio, book lists to take to the library, links to kid friendly websites to explore, short articles to read, pictures to see, and programs, projects, games and recipes to try and more. All centered around the topic of the course.
What ages are the Noodle Homeschool classes designed for?
The Noodle Homeschool courses are designed for a variety of ages of children. At the time of starting this endeavor, my children were 9 and 14, so I tend to aim for their ages, but most of the activities are appropriate for all ages. Some may need a wee bit of tweaking to make them appropriate for a younger child, but most of the things I provide can be enjoyed by elementary through high school. The only requirement for independent learning is that the child be able to read independently. But even a younger child can enjoy these classes with direct guidance from an adult or older child.
Any courses that have age limit recommendations will be clearly noted.
How much time will be needed to complete the assignments weekly?
That depends….it’s entirely up to the children. I HOPE that they find the resources and activity suggestions I’ve gathered absolutely fascinating and dive deeply in, immersing themselves for hours…but if they only do a little here and there, that’s ok too! I’ve picked the very best resources and activities I could find to ensure that whatever the children choose to do from each course, it’s high quality!
What will be required of my child in this course?
Unless otherwise noted, I generally do not require any assignments in my courses. I provide a wealth of resources for children to explore and experience, with everything in one handy location, easily accessible, and encourage them to dive in and make their own way in this learning rich environment. I give suggestions, I mention ideas, I share a lot of GREAT STUFF and I hope they will bite, but I do not force them.
I want them to come to their knowledge through curiosity and experimentation and the joy of learning.
If your family would like to enforce requirements on the courses, that’s entirely your choice. You have the freedom to use these courses any way that suits you!
Could there be materials in any of these courses that I might find offensive or inappropriate?
I cannot promise that every resource or activity will contain material appropriate for your child, as everyone has their own views on appropriateness for their own children. Therefore, I strongly suggest thoroughly going through all materials prior to your child’s introduction to a lesson. I have done my best to ensure appropriateness in all websites and videos and materials, but only you know what is appropriate for your child and will be in line with your family’s values.