Last year we attempted general science without the notebook...too bad for me (and my daughter!). This year I decided to buy the notebooks for both my children and I am so very thankful! The notebook is so well organized and it helps my children to better understand performance expectations. One of my favorite aspects of the notebook is the daily lesson plan outline. I also appreciate that everything is together in one book--on your own ?s, experiment lab sheets, study guide and additional review pages. These are well worth the price. I recommend everyone buy one!
Although this workbook is not necessary to complete the course, it keeps all the student's work in one place. This is advantageous for test review. Furthermore, only one item needs to be kept as a student record for completing the course. I think it is worthwhile if your budget allows for the convenience.
This notebook is awesome. I wish I had gotten this notebook 2 years ago when my oldest daughter studied this course. The pages are bright and beautiful. The clearly marked daily plan at the front of the book takes away all the planning and guess work. My child knows exactly what she needs to do each day to complete the course in a timely fashion. I love having the Study guide pages, and experiment recording sheets right there inside one notebook. The only thing I wish the notebook included was the tests. As it is now, tests are only found in the Test & Solutions booklet and they must be printed out. It would have been great to keep everything in one place. (or include a folder pocket inside the notebook cover to store the tests)
My son is only 1 module into this text (there are 16 total), but so far, it's just fine. It gives him places to write & record everything that the hardcover text requires, such as experiments. Also, I like that there is a study guide at the end of each module AND a summary -- both of which can be used to study for the test. (The answers to both are in the text/solutions book.) I'm glad we bought this as a companion text to the hardcover and will put it to use, for certain.