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.
We are using the Exploring Creation with Botany book this year along with My Father's World. The notebook was not included with the curriculum's package. After reading through my teacher's manual and looking online here I decided to order the notebook as it will make my job easier. I was impressed with it. Even though we don't do everything we could do in the notebook having it available makes it easier for my visually challenged son.
Having homeschooled 4 children, for over 10 years, I can confidently say, Apologia offers the best of science. We have completed Astronomy with my 3rd/4th grader and Biology(High School level) with my 8th graders prior to their entry to the local Christian High School. Apologia fully prepares students in all subjects, as the programs have them writing, narrating, experimenting and thinking critically. They are able to argue a position using science in support of The Creator. We have launched the oldest to college, pursuing a science-based degree. Her college text books all state, "Evolution is a fact"- plain and simple. Apologia is great preparation for science and fundamental in supporting a Biblical World View.
The notebook method keeps our children engaged, reviewing and retaining information. Experiments and projects have them looking forward to what comes next. We were in Astronomy while our friends were in Botany, and each of us was anxious to finish our books and swap because of the amazing experiments and projects the other was doing. We are so excited to start Botany!By all means, purchase the Notebooks. They are the best means to completing a lovely science journal, with puzzles, narration questions, cut-out full color books to assemble and write answers in, projects, project ideas and room for drawings and captions. My child has hands-down become a better WRITER because of Apologia. Best multi-disciplinary approach I have found. If you are limited on time (and who isn't?) you will cover more subjects, more effectively, just by using Apologia daily. Just edit their writing together and you have reinforced spelling, grammar and punctuation rules. Some parents choose not to "critique" notebooks, but I have found it a very low-threat environment where my children strive to have a beautiful notebook to keep as a record. Apologia even includes a "schedule" in the notebook so you have a target to reach in getting through the program, whether it is quarterly, or over a year.