I'm not a real hands-on mom. However, I do see the value of going over information in different ways, for retention. The journal is a neat way to get some cutting and pasting with the mini books, copy work with beautiful scriptures, and some great pictures for coloring. If I had one complaint, it might be that the junior book still requires some writing that my early elementary students aren't ready for; such as note taking. But, one can skip that step, and I still like having the space to jot down things if we want, so I wouldn't want it left out. Finally, it keeps everything together in one place! Could make a nice keepsake of learning.
Sometimes I think, "We could get by without the notebook this year, and save a bunch of money." But then, the science seems kind of bland without it, and I end up ordering them anyway.
A wish from Apologia would be a coloring book for my pre-readers/writers to color, of the pictures that older siblings have in their books, while I read the lesson to everyone. Those would be excellent!
We've ben using Apologia books for years but this is our first time using the Junior Notebook. My son loves it and so do I! I didn't think we would ever use the coloring pages but he loves to color them while I read the text. It really helps him focus.
This Apologia jr journal brings our science to life!! This journal needs to be paired with the hardback Apologia curriculum book. There are detailed coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, pictures to cut & paste from the back of the journal, and much less writing than in the older version. There is much more in this book than what I can list!! I am so thankful that my kids beg to do science now! Thank you Apologia, for coming up with a journal that allows younger children to be creative, gives a way for them to easily remember what we're studying, is a thorough resource, and is engaging for all of us!! :)
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.