Apologia Notebooking Journals

I hope to write more about homeschooling in the future, but in the meantime I wanted to tell you about a great new product from Apologia.

Full disclosure here, we have not used Apologia, yet. However, nearly all of my homeschooling friends use Apologia science and LOVE it. I have not heard such universally positive reviews of any other homeschooling resource.  So our plan is to begin Apologia science as soon as we finish up our current program.  Since we school year round (more on that later) that will happen sometime around Christmas.

Apologia is now producing notebooking journals that accompany each of the elementary science books. Both Botany and Astronomy are now available.

These journals are beautiful spiral bound notebooks that will save you time and money. You won’t have to print and keep up with your child’s notebook pages, buy and maintain page protectors, or purchase and compile binders…everything that makes notebooking time-consuming and labor intensive for mom. Also, your child will adore having their own notebooking journal.

Each of the notebooking journals include:

* A daily schedule for those who like to have a plan or would like their children to complete the book on their own
* Templates for written narrations, the notebooking activities and experiments
* Review Questions
* Scripture Copywork, with both print and cursive practice
* Reading lists and additional activities, projects, experiments for each lesson
* An appendix with beautiful, full-color, lapbook-style Miniature Books
* Field Trip Sheets to keep a record field trips
* A Final Review with fifty questions the students can answer either orally or in writing to show off all they remember and know at the end of the course.

See the sample pages here:




Jeannie is giving away four Astronomy Notebooking Journals and four Botany Notebooking Journals to bloggers who post about this on their site. Visit her blog to learn more about this contest.

So I have a question for my blog readers (that includes all you lurkers),  I have been approached by some curriculum producers about reviewing some of their products on my blog, are you interested?  They would also supply products for me to giveaway here at Raising Olives. Please email or leave a comment letting me know if you would like to see product reviews and more giveaways on Raising Olives.

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6 Responses to Apologia Notebooking Journals
  1. Jamie
    May 21, 2009 | 9:50 am

    Are you kidding? I’d love to hear your reviews on homeschooling books/curriculum/whatever. Things are so much different now than when I was homeschooled (you know, when the options consisted of Abeka, Bob Jones, Saxon Math… and maybe a couple others and that was pretty much it). It is a blessing to have so much out there to choose from, but is also overwhelming.


  2. Roan
    May 21, 2009 | 10:12 am

    I used the Apologia Botany last year with my 4th and 6th graders. I spent a lot of time last summer preparing them a notebook to use….very similar but not as good 🙂 as what Apologia is offerering this year! It looks like a terrific product! I asked my rising 5th grader if he would like to study astronomy next year so I could purchase and use the new notebook, but he said he would rather cover multiple subjects in one year (like his older sister did this year doing Apologia 8th grade physical science) rather than study astronomy for the whole year. So, I am not using any of the Apologia elementary science books next year. I do love their books! I begin my 7th graders with the 7th grade general science. Donna Young has lots of printouts to help you make a notebook for your students using the Apologia products for grades 7 and up.

    I like the product reviews. I have already made my curriculum choices for next year, but I always like to read about products!



  3. Amy
    May 22, 2009 | 1:02 am

    We too are soon-to-be Apologia users, so this is very timely! I had heard through the grape vine something about this, but hadn’t paid much attention to it as yet.

    And I’d love to see what you think about certain products…always good to hear pros and cons.



  4. Meagan
    May 23, 2009 | 5:28 pm

    Yes, I would love to hear more about the homeschool curricullum that you guys use/learn about. I have a prek student with visual issues that I will be starting homeschooling in the next year or two.


    Raising Olives Reply:

    All right the “Yeahs” have it. Stay tuned for my thoughts on some more homeschooling products, but beware I tend to be slow so don’t hold your breath, just know that it is on my to-do list. 🙂


  5. Cardamoms Pod
    May 24, 2009 | 4:21 pm

    More reviews and giveaways! 🙂 These new notebooks look great! If you have one of the Apologia elementary books, you get a password to get online resources from Apologia. There are free notebooking pages for all elementary books in PDF format, and that’s what I used for my children this year studying Zoology 1: Flying Creatures. I just printed them out, 3-hole punched them, and put them in folders. I also used Lynn Erickson’s lesson plans. Now, after nearly a year, I’m thinking of relaxing a bit with these elementary books – turning them into readers where my children can go at their own pace (as long as they keep a pace!) and just make sure the notebooks are properly filled out. My two oldest are finishing up General Science and doing well with following a more rigid schedule with that one.


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