I would definitely recommend purchasing the student book to go with the textbook. It has a lesson plan in it, and it has all the activity pages. It also allows for additions and customizing to your child. Great purchase. I will continue to purchase the student books with the Apologia Curriculum.
We were so excited to get this in the mail and use it as my husband & I just loved the idea and premise of the series. However, when I went to read it to my 2nd grader and Kindergartner, their eyes glazed over with all the big words. I was stumbling trying to say the words correctly, too!! :)
So, I think we're just going to put it away for now and come back to it when they get older. Meanwhile, they love to look at the pictures!!
I was very pleased with this notebooking journal! I love the number of opportunities it provides for my children. I especially love that there are many colored pages included as well so that it is not just a simple black and white notebook.
This Notebooking Journal looks like it will be easy to use with the textbook. It has coloring pages, activity pages and places to record your experiments. I will say that if you are looking at the Lapbook to go with the text they both cover the same things. I purchased both and will use a little of one and the other but you don't need both.