I am using this with my 7 year old and my 5 1/2 year old and they are both loving it! Some parts are a little difficult for my 5 1/2 year old, but she can do it with help. I would highly recommend this for grades 1-3!
I'm eager to use Apologia. My girls love science and I love having a Godly viewpoint. These notebooks are going to be a big hit in this house. And customer service here is amazing. I never received my first shipment. No questions asked, they verified my address and I had my order quickly.
~*Correlates Well: The Astronomy textbook (by the same author) works hand-in-hand like a fitted glove. An interrelated schedule is included for reading (textbook), notebooking, & doing activities/projects.
~*Feasible: A can-do science! The suggested schedule is based on a 28 wk period, 2-days per week. The purpose of the schedule is to be used as a guide for individual families. It's easily adaptable for our situation, and I believe other families as well.
~*Appropriate for Ability: I love this notebook for my 8 year old. She's taken a shine to it. She looks forward to coloring & attempts to make it accurate! I look forward to see which "Fascinating Facts" she pulls out of our textbook reading & what artwork she creates.
~*Ease of Use: Great "pick-up & go quality"! We incorporate the Scripture copywork as part of our Language Arts program. The whole set-up makes it easy for my child to be fairly independent with notebooking.
~*Additional Ideas: Additional reading and projects ideas for the younger group are given.
The notebooking journal is great! While I read from the textbook my 1st & 3rd grader color the pictures that go along with the lesson. It has great activities to reinforce what is being learned from the textbook. It also has a suggested lesson plan/schedule you can follow which tells you what pages in the textbook correlate with what pages in the norebooking journal.
This journal exceeds my expectations! It's easy for parents to follow along the lessons and great for kids to learn in a hands on, fun way. My daughter enjoys the projects and learning about God's amazing creation through astronomy.