Apologia: Exploring Creation with Astronomy {Review & Giveaway – CLOSED}

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Such a powerful verse…..  A verse I want my children to truly understand, learn and believe in.  Last year, I attended my first homeschool conference and heard someone make a comment:  If you want your children to truly love God, teach them the awesome power and love of God through Science!  If they see the ‘awe’ of God, they will witness his beauty every day of their lives!

That statement made a profound impact on me and has made me mindful of what we use for science and how much time we spend with science, which is why I am so excited to not only review Young Explorer Series:  Exploring Creation with Astronomy by Jeannie K. Fulbright, but also host a giveaway for the text and the notebook!

Exploring Creation with Astronomy is a fantastic science curriculum with 14 Lessons that can be taught/implemented using a two week schedule for each lesson.  This allows you to go deeper with your children…and spend a little more time lingering on the subject as they grow in knowledge and truth. A guideline or recommended schedule is provided for you in the Notebooking Journal, as well as a detailed description in the text book explaining how to work the lessons between the reading, journaling and activities that are recommended.

I love the way Apologia explains narrations and notebooks.  I am still new to notebooking and I generally shy away from things that I have to print off.  I find it time-consuming and generally enjoy having things easily available and easy to understand.  Because you can order the Notebooking Journal to go along with the book….and Apologia explains the notebooking process so well, I can see this as becoming the way our children will enjoy learning.  (Notebooking will definitely help improve their writing skills, spelling and grammar!  I love the overall process of notebooking, it’s the getting started that can be difficult!)

Apologia doesn’t stop there, though…they have included Latin Root Words to help children take their reading to a new level so they are able to truly begin understanding words throughout their school subjects.

A course website is also included.  The site used for this book allows your children to view links that helps them ‘find things in the night sky for your area and the time that you are covering astronomy.’  Wow!  I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed!!

Last, but not least….every lessons contains the hands-on projects, experiments/activities every child enjoys doing.  After looking through the book, I see that I really missed out on a lot growing up!  Science with experiments?!  We did not really have the fun hands-on activities until high school…and by then, well, I did not love learning.  Apologia has really made it easy to plan out your activities.  Every lesson plan has a list of items necessary to complete the activities, etc right in the book!  Most of the items will be right around your home…some may note…but all in all, they are, which reduces your cost and keeps running to the store at a bare minimum!

Here is a list of Subjects covered in the text:

  • What is Astronomy
  • The Sun
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth
  • The Moon
  • Mars
  • Space Rocks
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Uranus and Neptune
  • Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
  • Stars and Galaxies
  • Space Travel

What do you think?  Me, I think we will be adding this to our curriculum going forward!  It will be fun and easy to implement for all three of my children who are:  9, 8 and 4!  Now….for the not-so-fun part.  The cost.  Actually, the cost is not bad, at all!!!  The Exploring Creation with Astronomy Text is:  $39.00 and The Astronomy Notebooking Journal:  $24.00

NOW, for the fun part!  I have the opportunity to giveaway one of each to one lucky winner (in the United States)!  YES!  You can win a copy of The Exploring Creation with Astronomy Text and the Notebooking Journal!  (One side note: Apologia is coming out with the Junior Notebooking journal in September.  So, if you win, you will have the option of receiving the notebooking journal that is available now or the junior one…..in September!)

How do you win?


  • Leave a comment and tell me you want to win!

For additional entries:

Winner will be selected based on all comments submitted by midnight on Tuesday, June 7th.

Many Blessings!

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(Disclosure: I received this product for free from Apologia in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review)

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  1. Oh, how I want to win!!!!

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  24. A Slice of Smith Life Smith says:

    Thank you for the great review and hosting the giveaway. We have used Apologia for the past 2 years and have enjoyed the books alot. I plan on doing Astronomy this next school year so I would LOVE to win this package of goodies! Thanks!

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  33. This is exactly what we are using for our upcoming school year! I just bought one text to share between us…but this would be FANTASTIC!!!! Thank you for the chance!

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  36. Would love to win this!! We love Apologia!!

  37. I’d love to use this for science next year!! The kids would love it! Thanks


  38. Gardenofhope says:

    I have only used the Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science for my 7th grader. I was very impressed with the content and we loved the experiments!!! They weren’t hard but so much fun and interesting. It really brought a love of science to my daughter! Would love to try more. We are getting ready to use Exploring Creation through Physical Science next year. We are hooked!!! Would love to win Exploring Creation through Astronomy!!!

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  51. I want to win! I have looked at Apologia Science curricula at our local H’school store and LOVE it! The notebooking journals are wonderful.
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  52. wmartin355 says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful review! I have heard such wonderful things about apologia this year we are looking forward to starting a god based science curriculum in the fall I just learned about these books. Last year we would touch and go on science, but I wanted to find an EXCITING science curriculum that gets my son THRILLED to learn about not just science but GOD’s creation! I loved science growing up, but have such a desire to tie my relationship with Christ into it. I want to learn about and teach science from a Christian perspective! I am also overjoyed about the junior notebooks. As I am just beginning my homeschool journey-they will allow my little ones to be apart of it as well!

  53. hope jackson says:

    Would love to win! A friend is borrowing my copy. I would love to be able to just let her family have ours. Plus, owning the Jr. notebook would be AWESOME!!

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  66. Carol Chase says:

    I agree I think I missed out on science projects too when I was a child. What they have out there now for hands on science projects is awesome.

    Homeschooling one child that is a visual learner

  67. Angelle Guitreau Tibbets says:

    We love Apologia and my son wants to be an astronaut so he is really into space things! Would love to win!!

  68. I enjoyed your review. My daughter used the Anatomy Notebooking Journal this year and we loved it! Wonderful projects that really reinforced her learning much more than just reading the text. I will definitely be buying the notebook journals from now on. We can’t say enough good things about Apologia–top notch materials that are well worth the cost!

  69. My DD loves astronomy–wants to be an astronomer. I would love to win this.

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  70. Dawn Gilcrest says:

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  79. Anonymous says:

    We are just starting to add formal science currculum to our homeschool and have been looking at Apologia both Astronomy and Anatomy as possible programs. We would love to win a copy of the Astronomy and Junior Notebook for our homeschool classroom thus making the final decision for us (I sometimes hate making the decision on curriculum choices.)

  80. J Fuentes says:

    I would so love to win this, I am a homeschool mother of 4 children and have been wanting to use Apologia. My children are 12,8,4 and 1. Thank you for your review and chance to win.
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  104. Wow, this is great! My boys would LOVE this!!

  105. Kristy_leaseburg says:

    This would be perfect for us. We are new to homeschooling this year and I asked my oldest what special topic he would like to learn more about and he said, “Astronomy.” The rest of my 5 children will love it, too. We’d love to win!!!

  106. I would love to win this for my daughter! I’ve heard such great things about Apologia!

  107. Katrina says:

    I would like to win! Thank you for the review!

  108. Heidi @ Starts At Eight says:

    I recently saw one of the workbooks for Apologia Science on someone’s blog and it sparked my interest. I would love to win this and have a chance to give it a try with my children.

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  111. I want to win! My son will LOVE this! (Thanks for a great review and offer)

  112. Becca Schroeder Nelson says:

    I want to win! I am very intrigued by Apologia.

  113. We have Apologia General Science and Physical Science. I would love to add this to our library.

  114. This set (the one they have currently- we wouldn’t need the junior) would be very fun to win. I have never tried Apologia’s books but have heard good things about them. I do totally agree that it is wonderful to become aware of God’s might and power and wisdom through science. My kids and I have enjoyed watching a bunch of science videos (from the Trials of life series to Louie Giglios messages and much more) and just feel so in awe of our great and wonderful God!

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  117. Grateful for Grace says:

    I plan to do Apologia Astronomy in the fall and still need to buy journals. I’d love a Jr. Journal!

  118. Kimberly Kaye says:

    My daughter would love this. I want to win.

  119. Carrie S. says:

    I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a convention where Jeannie Fulbright spoke about notebooking. I had this incorrect idea of how labor intensive notebooking would be, but I was so wrong! I would be delighted to win this set – I am ready to start implementing notebooking into our homeschool days and we plan to study astronomy when we are done with our current nature study. So, my fingers are crossed! :^) Thank you for the great review!

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  127. I definitely want to win! My sister just bought a telescope for my 7 year old for his birthday, not long after I’d decided I wanted to try Apologia. I bought the botany book, but I’d just as soon do Astronomy and wait on the Botany, since he’s so happy about his birthday present.

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