Excellent textbook with wonderful supplementary materials. Serious content and thoughtful lesson structure. The companion Notebooking Journal is worth it, as it has self-contained cut 'n paste exercises, etc., as well.
I have not officially used this product yet. We got an early start to next years curriculum so we can plan our lessons out for the year. So far from what i have read it seems like a solid book. I like the fact that it focuses on one particular subject like astronomy, or zoology, or human anatomy. Something inside told me that this glossing over of many different subjects in science or any form of schooling is not beneficial and in the introduction of this book it explains there is research that backs up this premise. Which also causes students to love the learning even more.
Ok I knew my kids would like this, but I didn't expect to like it so much myself! I find myself reading this book in my free time because it is so interesting! My husband also enjoys it and it often gets pulled out and discussed at the dinner table. All I can say is BUY IT! So worth every penny! I also bought the lab kit and I really recommend that as well-for me I end up looking at the things needed at the last minute and puting off driving to town to get them for a couple days so it is handy to have it all in one box ready when needed and requiring fewer trips to town for me :)
My children ages 8 and 6 have really enjoyed this study of astronomy. I was a little worried that it would be over their heads, but this material really kept their interest well. I think the notebooks are a big help, too.
My kids love this book. They can't wait for science, and we end up spending time looking up more stuff online about the subjects. My kids are 7 and 5, and I don't think you would want to go much younger. This book does approach astronomy with a very biblical worldview, and a young earth view. However almost everything is backed up with solid scientific evidence.