Botany Notebooking Journal

Botany Notebooking Journal

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Item #: 045968
ISBN: 9781935495062
Grades: K-6

Product Description:

For a detailed comparison between several lapbook products designed for Apologia Science courses, check out our Lapbook Comparison Sheet

Publisher Description:

A perfect complement to Exploring Creation with Botany, the Botany Notebooking Journal provides everything your student needs to complete his study of botany. Not only does it include all the wonderful features of the other notebooking journals, it also includes an alternative Cold Climate Schedule as well as many additional activities, projects and experiments that can be completed in one day or less.

This notebooking journal will serve as your child's individual notebook, providing a place for him to complete every assignment in the text. He will illustrate and record fascinating facts and information learned during each lesson, complete the notebooking assignments on specially designed templates, record experiments, activities and projects, complete vocabulary crossword puzzles, put together beautifully designed miniature books, and more!

What's included in the Botany Notebooking Journal:

  • A Suggested Schedule for completing the readings, notebooking assignments, activities and experiments utilizing a two-day per week plan
  • Fascinating Facts templates for your student to record what he or she learned in each lesson, using both words and illustrations
  • Creative templates for completing the Notebooking Assignments
  • Review Questions for each lesson, which can be answered orally or in writing as a written narration
  • Scripture Copywork, including both print and cursive practice, which is a valuable method for not only practicing handwriting but also memorizing Scripture and teaching spelling, grammar and writing
  • Project Pages and Scientific Speculation Sheets for your student to use to keep records of experiments, projects and activities completed throughout the course
  • A selection of book and dvd suggestions to complement your student's studies, as well as projects and experiments to help your student Dig In Deeper
  • Beautiful, full-color, lapbook-style Miniature Books for your student to create, encouraging him or her to record facts and information learned in each lesson
  • Field Trip Sheets your student can use to keep a record of field trips or outings enjoyed during his or her studies
  • A Final Review with fifty questions to be answered either orally or in writing to show off all your student remembers and knows about botany

  • Your child will treasure his notebooking journal as he makes it his very own with words and illustrations, reflecting all he has learned in his pursuit of science. Additionally, the journal will serve as your record of your student's scientific endeavors throughout the year. When your child flips through his notebook, he will be reminded of the knowledge he has attained as he peruses the pages he has created. A variety of activities include full-color mini-books, additional fun experiments, crosswords, and supplementary materials. Recommended for use with students who have mastered handwriting, can take notes, and enjoy upper elementary level activities.

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Botany 1st Ed.:
Category Description for Exploring Creation with Botany:

This book covers the nature of botany and plant classification before moving on to reproduction, seeds, water movement, nutrient production and distribution. Some of the notebook assignments include a pollination "story," bark rubbings, leaf identification and labeling the parts of a flower. The book includes interesting activities and projects like growing seeds in plastic bags, making a light hut to grow plants, dissecting a bean seed, making pine cones open/close, and measuring transpiration.

Category Description for Apologia Science (K-6):

This popular elementary science series was originally created when Jeannie Fulbright, author and homeschool mom, was looking for a quality elementary science series that was creation-based using the Charlotte Mason approach. When she didn't find the curriculum she was looking for she decided to create her own. These books use the classical and Charlotte Mason methodology including narration and notebooking to develop critical thinking, logical ordering, retention, and record keeping. The series has since expanded to cover more science topics. New for 2021 is Earth Science, authored by Rachel Yunis, author of Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology.

Since the Charlotte Mason method is employed, every lesson is organized with a narrative, notebook work, an activity, and a project. The student notebook is emphasized in the lessons. Activities and projects bring the lessons to life and use simple household items. While the author's intent is for the parent to read these books to elementary students, a student with a 4th-grade reading level could read these books on their own. The books come from a strong creationist viewpoint, including sections called "Creation Confirmation" and Scripture interwoven throughout the book. Apologia recommends spending an entire year covering each book, taking about two weeks to explore most lessons (some lessons may require more time).

Notebooking Journals were a later - and welcome - addition to the series. As they complete the courses, students were encouraged to compile a notebook to collect and display the information they are learning. The Apologia Notebooking Journals now provide a place for the student to complete every assignment, to record experiments and to display work. Included are weekly lesson plans, templates for recording fascinating facts and assignments, and scripture copywork in both print and cursive models. In addition to full-color Miniature Books (for recording facts and information and pasting directly into the notebook), there are optional ideas (Take it Further in Astronomy; Dig in Deeper in Botany; Fly Higher in Zoology, etc.) for lots of additional activities, projects, experiments, books or videos, all of which correlate with specific lessons in each course. Along these lines, the Personal Person project in both of the Anatomy notebooks is special providing clear vinyl overlays of each body system. Be prepared to cut these out, though.

Junior Notebooking Journals are a simplified version of the orignal Notebooking Journals and require less handwriting but have the same reinforcing activities. These books include coloring pages, project pages, and cut and fold miniature books (same ones as in the version for older students). There is space for notebooking assignments (more drawings, no questions to answer) and scripture copywork (shorter verses to copy either in manuscript or in beginning cursive). Biblical quotations are from the NASB, KJV, NIV or NKJV.

To complete the books all you will need to provide is scissors, glue, colored pencils, a stapler, and a few brass fasteners. There are plenty of activity options in the journals, but keep in mind that based on your student, you may not want to complete every activity. Work can be tailored to each student by simply tearing out unwanted pages from the spiral-bound book. Serving both as a uniquely expressed record of the student's work and as a prized reminder of acquired knowledge, these books will become a homeschooling heirloom.

For convenience, we now offer either Advantage Sets or SuperSets. Advantage Sets include the textbook and either the Junior or original Notebooking Journal. SuperSets include the text, the MP3 Audiobook CD and either the Junior or the original Notebooking Journal.

We also offer lab kits from Nature's Workshop for the elementary courses. Kits contain most of the materials for the experiments, and are conveniently packaged by lesson in the corresponding book (sold separately). There are still a few items you will need from around your house, but with these kits the list becomes extremely short. ~ Janice / Jerry

Category Description for Apologia Science:

Apologia Science courses are written from a Biblical worldview with the homeschool in mind. At the elementary level, courses follow a Charlotte Mason-inspired methodology, with lessons organized around narration, notebooking exercises and hands-on activities or projects. Children at different ages can use these together, learning at their own level. Each course is designed to be teacher-student interactive, so teacher involvement is fairly high at this level. At the junior high and high school levels, science courses are more traditional in nature, with the textbook written to the student. Teacher involvement time at this level is much less than at the elementary level. Textbooks contain student reading, lab instructions, "On Your Own" questions and Study Guide questions. A Solutions Manual provides the answers to these and the test questions. Lab kits are available separately for both the elementary and upper-level science courses which include most of the harder to find items you will need.


Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.

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Needed for class
Trephina B on Nov 4, 2020
We are studying Botany and I like this way of review and assessment.
Jodi S on Aug 12, 2020
Needed for class
Trephina B on Nov 4, 2020
Have used the textbook before and need journal for a second child.
Anita L on Aug 25, 2020
We are studying Botany and I like this way of review and assessment.
Jodi S on Aug 12, 2020
science co-op
Angela G on Aug 3, 2020
The notebooking journals have lots of good supplemental information that complements the text nicely.
Sela on Jul 17, 2020
I already have the book and needed another journal, in past experience the journal has proven to be a treasure and my student has loved showing it off.
Roxanna M on Jun 23, 2020
My younger children are now ready for this, as I have used this with my older children. Very hand-on for kids, but not much work expected for parents!
BARBARA G on Dec 19, 2019
To reinforce the things my son will learn from the textbook.
Veronica S on Oct 2, 2019
Used before and thought it was a fun supplement to the curriculum for this student.
Christina R on Sep 3, 2019
Required for class
Lisa G on Aug 27, 2019
Several people from my homeschool support group said the notebooks really added to their and their kids' experience with the material. Includes planning helps for mom as well.
User on Aug 19, 2019
Class will be taken at local co-op
Jonalle B on Aug 12, 2019
we love this as a science curric.
Chris S on Apr 3, 2019
This will help my students remember their science work in an organized fashion.
LAURIE R on Mar 11, 2019
rhonda r on Aug 16, 2018
To complement the text.
Gabriela R on Aug 14, 2018
spiral bound, keeps all papers together, a treasure to keep.
Jessica W on Jul 26, 2018
These notebooks help my children stay focused and organized. The mini books and activities are fun, too!
Shelley M on Jul 7, 2018
Need for homeschool
Michael G on Jun 3, 2018
To go along with our Exploring Creation Botany book.
Cynthia B on May 15, 2018
To go along with the textbook
Carolyn B on Apr 9, 2018
My son loves these notebooks
Melanie B on Apr 5, 2018
I love these notebooks because it keeps their notes and what they have learned in an organized fashion. Also it has fun activities that enhance their learning experience.
Pam B on Feb 16, 2018
I have used the Exploring Creation series quite a bit and fine that my kids retain & understand the information better when we use the note booking journal along with the text.
Heather P on Jan 3, 2018
Looks like a good addition for use with the text in teaching grade 5.
Katrea C on Sep 30, 2017
To give my son a fun avenue to work with the material and a meaningful keepsake of the course.
chris on Aug 29, 2017
To support the curriculum book, for my 6th grader
Elaine D on Aug 20, 2017
Joan B on Aug 15, 2017
Our first time using this curriculum. Using with a Co-Op and the Notebooking Journal is required.
Jenny F on Aug 14, 2017
homeschool my 3rd grade daughter
Zorayda P on Aug 12, 2017
It makes homeschooling go smoother when they have their journals together and I don't have to search make one!
Becky B on Aug 10, 2017
We need them for a co-op class.
Gaby I on Aug 9, 2017
Required for a coop class
Timothy C on Jul 26, 2017
Using this curriculum
Carla C on Jul 6, 2017
This will supplement the textbook .
Cortney P on Jun 24, 2017
Needed it for co-op this coming year
Candace G on Jun 14, 2017
They are not necessary, BUT. . .These notebooks are fun reinforcement for the kids, and I think we get through MUCH more of the textbook when I buy them.
User on May 1, 2017
My daughter enjoys hands-on activities and this notebooking journal is full of them!
JACQUELYN on Mar 24, 2017
With this notebook my son is able to engage with Botany more than he would without it.
Jamileh W on Jan 29, 2017
I chose the older notebook for my 1st grader because the junior one seemed too childish.
Elizabeth F on Nov 7, 2016
It was SOOOO highly recommended from friends who have used this series.
Candace S on Oct 19, 2016
My grandson's school uses this. I prefer Abeka for science though.
joe on Sep 13, 2016
needed for homeschooling
Anthony C on Sep 6, 2016
we are homeschooling.... and taking a co-op class!
stacy g on Sep 4, 2016
Materials for homeschool Co-op class
Albert M on Aug 18, 2016
Already had textbook
Ruth B on Aug 15, 2016
science for my 3rd and 5th grader
Julia L on Aug 12, 2016
7th grade science at Veritas
Terri K on Aug 6, 2016
This notebooking journal is great for reinforcing the material my kids are learning in the textbook. Everything this busy mom needs is already in there with very little to no prep for me! Works best for older elementary kids as there is a bit more writing expected than in the junior journal.
Stephanie S on Aug 5, 2016
Great way to keep everything organized and in one spot. MY children love the colorful activities immersed throughout this book.
Amanda G. on Aug 2, 2016
Have used the textbook before and need journal for a second child.
Anita L on Aug 25, 2020
science co-op
Angela G on Aug 3, 2020
Is this a sufficient science program for a 7th grader? Looking for a "family" science. Next year we will have a 7th, 6th, 3rd and a 2nd grader.
A shopper on Apr 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think yes. My oldest is in 6th and I have a 4th grader also. The info is fairly in depth and you can tailor it to different levels. For example, I require more detailed writing and drawings from my oldest. I would go for the junior notebook for 2nd, maybe 3rd graders depending on the child. There are neat mini books they put together which require help for each lesson. For my 6th grader, I let her do more independent reading and lab work on her own. There are also suggestions in the notebook for more projects. It is very flexible. I really appreciate the way the book brings in Gods design often. The notebook is worth it in my opinion because it provides the templates and mini books and a record of their work for keeping. We're enjoying it!
Is the notebooking journal necessary for this course?
A shopper on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the notebooking journal is not necessary for the course. The main text gives you much information and directs you to projects that will help your student retain the information. That being said, I have found the notebooking journals to be extremely helpful in solidifying the information for my children. For each chapter of the text the notebooking journal gives numerous activities: from coloring pages and copy work (print and cursive) to crossword puzzles, diagrams to label, and flip books to create. There is much more. I have taught through most of the volumes in this series and my children have greatly benefitted from the use of these notebooks.
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Rated 5 out of 5
These notebooks help my students stay focused on the subject. The activities and mini books are fun and educational.
August 8, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun and practical
Pages are set up for students perfectly. Always exciting when the kids look forward to writing of any sort! Would definitely recommend.
March 18, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!
It's a great supplement to our science time. The pages are fun with lots of variety. It makes writing down definitions and facts more interesting.
October 3, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This has made science even better! And less work for Mom when you have multiple kids My two girls 9 and 11 learned MORE than I thought they would It is very easy to use and they have included a lesson plan for you Which has made it even easier for making my lesson plans Easy to use for more than one child and different learning styles due to all of the different activities included I find it easier to use than lap books but my children learned just as well I think it is money well spent
March 19, 2010

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