You have the option between two notebooking journals. The regular Notebooking Journal is geared towards students who have good writing skills, while the Jr. Notebooking Journal is toned down for the beginning writer or child who isn't yet writing well. We chose the Junior Notebooking Journal for that exact reason; Josiah is not yet writing well. In fact, I do most of the writing while he tells me what to write. Usually I have him write at least one sentence per writing requirement. The front of the Notebooking Journal has an intro and a laid out lesson plan you can follow, if you'd like. It tells you exactly which textbook pages to read and which Notebooking Journal pages go along with them for each day. I found it very helpful. The Junior Notebooking Journal has lined writing sections and plenty of boxes and spaces for drawing pictures. Each chapter is started with coloring pages that the child can work on while the text is being read. There is also scripture and copy work of Bible verses included in the Notebooking pages. You can choose between cursive or print copy work. There are also spaces at the end of each lesson to paste in a "cut & paste" mini booklet that the student puts together using templates from the back of the Notebooking Journal.
|Josiah coloring while I read the text for our first lesson.|
|The little kids enjoyed listening, as well.|
|Jr. Notebooking Journal and the textbook.|
The following photos are Josiah doing the experiment for the first lesson. He enjoyed it very much! It taught us about camouflage and "natural selection".
|Sorting candies according to color, to match their environment (the construction paper)|
|Filling out the "Scientific Speculation Sheet"|
My favorite aspects of the textbook and Junior Notebooking Journal are that they are creation science based, give lots of great info in a conversational style, have full color photos, have easy-to-do and fun activities/projects/experiments-using common household items, and you can choose to do the very basics (which still covers a lot!), or you can go much deeper and spend more time on each topic using their suggested DVDs, books, and projects!
Between myself and Josiah (who I used it with), we have no complaints or anything we can think of that we would liked change. On a very personal level, I would prefer KJV for the scripture references, but that is easily remedied by looking up the scripture in our own Bibles if we feel the need! At the front of the textbook, it states "Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotes come from the New American Standard Bible (NASB)". Just sharing for your information.