1 Stars Out Of 5
Poor Product in Content and Condition - I paid for overpriced copier paper.
October 19, 2015
Do not buy this item. We have always purchased the Student Notebooks to accompany Apologia's textbooks and, oh, how I wish I would have resisted the notion of "trying something new." We have used Apologia's science products for years and while no doubt some editions' notebooking journals are better than others, I have a hard time believing this product is even produced by the same company. The layout is so wasteful and the content so weak in its application, that it feels like a scam: It is not professional and reads more like a parent-volunteer or intern-made activity book...except it doesn't have any useful activities. It is not the Apologia quality we are used to, and whatever editing and graphics company they outsourced to for this product, should be fired.
The whole thing needs to be reworked. At least 40% of the Lapbook Journal is wasted space and repetitive garbage. Learning concepts are not varied, they're simply repeated (and not in the good way.) There are at least 10 unnecessary title pages for each unit. Four sections are optional, meaning you choose one or the other. The rest, I guess you just toss out or use as scrap printer paper like we do. Also, there is an incredible lack of efficiency in how questions are spaced on the pages; 3 questions to one page, a paragraph's worth of lines provided, for one-word answers. The labs are dry, confusing, ill-instructed, and poorly laid out. I hate that we have had to skip most of them. The lapbook option pages are not creative or challenging: they're simply printed on colored paper in some Microsoft Word-like boxes. Not inspiring.
As if the colossal waste of money and redundant application questions were not enough, christianbook shipped this product to me in a loosely wrapped cellophane. We're talking about a heavy hundreds of pages folded up like a pack of Orbit gum rather than shrink-wrapped or bound. Needless to say, that technique did not survive shipping and I opened my box to a mess of papers to be organized.
To add insult to injury, several pages, including every single unit summary, is fuzzy and looks like it was printed on a printer running out of ink. They're practically illegible.
I contacted christianbook after I received the product regarding the shipping problem and they refunded me 11% of my order for that inconvenience. After working through this Lapbook the first 9 weeks of our schoolyear, we are so incredibly dissatisfied with the product as a whole that I will be requesting a full refund that could be applied to the Student Notebook. My freshman son, whose favorite subject USED to be science, absolutely detests this product. Hopefully we can get him back on track with the Notebook.