I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm just starting with Apologia. But what an awesome surprise to see these when I got them. They were bigger, with more "things" inside for the activities and journaling and learning then I ever expected. I really thought they would be much simpler then they ended up being. I would definitely buy them again & recommend buying them if you use any Apologia.
One of my sons used this notebooking journal a year ago, working through it on his own. He enjoyed the artistic elements of it. Since he is not a science person, it made the subject much more enjoyable. I recently bought another journal for my 11-year old son to work through on his own. He hasn't started it as yet, so I can't say how he will like it. He is excited about studying birds.
We did Apologia Astronomy last year and my son (10 yrs) begged to choose one this year. We have not gotten too far yet but we do like having the notebook and also the box of items for all the experiments (we did not have either last year.) I like the notebook though I wish they gave more room ... the spaces allowed for drawing and writing seems too small some times. Other than that, I really like having this resource.
The Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 is a great resource for my child. She enjoys the layout of the lessons. The lessons are clearly laid out, which makes it easier to organize my family for the science lesson. It is worth the price to invest in this journal. It certainly has helped me not have to copy so much out of the text book.