the textbook is beautiful. I like the notebooking journal you can get (they also have a junior notebook for younger children) with the book that has hands on activities to accompany the text. The information does not go too in depth but it would be easy to supplement if desired. The notebooking journal comes with a syllabus that allows you to finish the book doing work two days a week. We have enjoyed the projects for each unit. The work can be done independently for older students.