Apologia Lower Elem. Level?

Ok! Thanks! Standardized test scores don’t matter a whole lot here in our state and are not required. But do any of you have experience with how Apologia science translates into scores. Since we are introducing science material in a very different order according to the child’s interests and with little repetition. I’m just curious. I really like the look and feel of the curriculum!

I was just wondering if you did the lap books or if it was supposed to be a choice: lap book or Jr. Journal? Or does the journal have lap book type activities?
Also what is the difference between the Jr and the regular note booking journal? (age suggestions?)