Apologia Meet & Greet Blog Hop: Interview with Jeannie Fulbright!

I am thrilled to be a part of the Apologia Meet & Greet Blog Hop going on all week long!

Apologia is an AMAZING company that has encouraged me greatly as a parent and a new homeschooler. Between parenting books, homeschooling guides and wonderful curriculum and much more, Apologia has a little something for everyone!

This week, Apologia has partnered with 12 homeschooling bloggers who are each interviewing one of 12 Apologia authors and speakers, including…

*Davis and Rachael Carman—owners of Apologia

*Zan Tyler, Elizabeth Smith from HSLDA

*Jeannie Fulbright

*David Webb—one of the authors of our popular What We Believe Series

*Clay Clarkson

*Sally Clarkson

*Sherri Seligson

*Debra Bell

*Larry Blythe from the Apologia Academy

*Sarah Clarkson

Spend the week clicking through to each so you can meet & greet the 12 Apologia authors and speakers!  Each blogger will post their Q & A interview, along with details of an awesome giveaway!

So who am I hosting?!

I had the pleasure of interviewing the beautiful Jeannie Fulbright – author of the amazing science curriculum we are using this year from Apologia!

A little more about Jeannie…

Jeannie’s heart is to strengthen homeschoolers with the tools they need to finish the race with success. She has written many articles for magazines and other publications and regularly speaks at retreats, workshops and conventions. You can access many of her encouraging articles on her website, www.jeanniefulbright.com, or subscribe to her blog at www.jeanniefulbright.com/blog.html Jeannie always makes time to answer emails and encourage homeschoolers on their journey. To contact Jeannie with questions and comments email her at: Science@jeanniefulbright.com

And our interview…

Q: Why did you choose to write science books?

Jeannie: When my son was four, he wanted to learn about space. I dutifully went to the library and got all the children’s books on space. Within the first few pages, his eyes glazed over with boredom. His sister read ahead and learned that the earth was created by a big bang billions of years ago. In frustration, I took them all back and purchased some Creation Science books on astronomy. They were all above his head. I was so sad, but then I felt a stirring in my heart to write a little Astronomy book just for my children. I was a writer (I wrote Bible studies for my church, articles for magazines and had written some unpublished books. I also had a science background, I had been a pharmacy/kinesiology major at the University of Texas at Austin.

Within weeks, I knew it was going to be a much richer book than the simple one I had planned. I felt the Lord leading me to make this available to other homeschoolers as well. I created the perfect book for our family, written in a way that I knew my kids would learn best, with engaging text, narration prompts, notebooking assignments and relevant experiments and projects. I knew other homeschoolers would enjoy how easy it was to use. Teaching science would finally be easy.

I self published the Astronomy book for about a year before Apologia found me and asked to publish the book. I was thrilled and, of course, the rest is history!

Q: Did your family, a particular teacher or some experience inspire your writing in some way?

Jeannie: I began writing as a child. My father told me from my earliest memories that I would be a writer one day. I’m just glad he was able to see his dream come true before he passed away. He was very proud, especially being a scientist himself. He was a geologist.

Q: Were your children your “guinea pigs” for your books? How do they feel about science?

My children were definitely the guinea pigs. When the book was completed, my husband would read the printed up lessons aloud to the kids while he edited them. So, they heard the book read to them when it was still in the works. Sadly, they never got to do the books the way I had written them because they had already read the book before it was in print. They are mostly all teenagers now, and strong science students.

Q: What encouragement and/or tips would you give to a homeschool mom who is not a science-lover?

Jeannie: Probably the reason you don’t love science is because of the way it was taught when you were a child. Give my books a try because I’ve heard over and over again from parents who have finally fallen in love with science after doing the courses the way mine are written. Choose the topic you or your children are most interested in learning. Just sit down and begin reading aloud – you’ll be surprised at how interesting, fascinating and fun science really is. You don’t have to do the projects or experiments to get a great science education. Science and homeschooling is about learning along with your children.

Q: Anything else you would like to share with homeschooling parents?

Jeannie: One last thing, I want to encourage you to choose science books that glorify God as Creator. Whether you use my books or other courses, imparting a strong foundation in a Biblical Worldview is vital.  Give them the tools to refute the lies that will be dangled in front of them in college and beyond. In the end, our children’s walk with God is the primary goal of homeschooling.


So fun to hear more from the heart of an author, isn’t it?! It just makes me love her and the curriculum she wrote even more! Thank you for sharing with Jeannie!

NOW, a little something for you…

We are thrilled to partner with Apologia to give away a Young Explorer’s text and Notebooking Journal OR Jr. Notebooking Journal of your choice to one winner!

We are currently using the Astronomy text and Jr. Notebooking Journal – Big J and I both LOVE it so far! There are many subjects to choose from including zoology, botany, anatomy and more!

How to enter?

Just leave a comment with which subject you would choose {view your choices here} if you win!

Want an extra entry or two? Just share about this post on Facebook, Twitter and/or your blog and come back to tell me you did so!

This giveaway will be open until 11:59 p.m. CST Friday, August 26th! One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly after!


Now, click here to visit the other Meet and Greet blog entries and contests listed at the Apologia Live blog and have fun blog hopping!

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  1. We did Zoology 1 last year-my science loving son finished it 5 months! This year we’re doing Zoology 2-which I don’t expect to last all year either! He just eats these books up! I’d love to win Zoology 3!

  2. I would just love to win the Astronomy!

  3. I love Jeannie and Apologia science! We are starting Land Animals of the 6th Day in a few weeks, I would love to win that one! Thanks for the great interview info!

  4. Great interview – we are doing Zoology Flying Creatures of the 5th Day – and know we’ll be using another Apologia book next year! Jeannie has done such a fantastic job!!

    would love to win for next year

  5. Would love to win Astronomy for this year!

  6. My oldest is a science lover, just like her mama! We are reading through the zoology books as a supplement to our science curriculum this year. But she really wants to do anatomy! We would love to win the anatomy set. I doubt I could keep her from it if it was on our bookshelves!

  7. I would love to win the Astronomy Jr. Notebook b/c I just started the Astronomy book last week with my triplets in 2nd grade.

  8. We would love to win Human Anatomy! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Krystal G. says:

    Oh, that would be tough to choose but I think we would move on to the body next.

  10. I would pick flying creatures because I think that is what we’ll study next year.

  11. I’d want to win Flying Creatures! Fun stuff!

  12. We are doing Astronomy this year, and I haven’t ordered my books yet…so this win would be perfect!!!! :]

  13. We are using astronomy and LOVE it! The notebook and text are both amazing. We would love to do botany next.

  14. I have used all of the books with my oldest daughter and now I have begun to read the Astronomy book with my younger two. We are so excited about reading how God created the heavens and the earth. This would be an awesome win!

  15. How exciting!
    I’ve unintentionally been collecting ‘projects’ on oceans/reefs etc. So we would choose Zoology 2 – Swimming with the Creatures of the 5th day. This is our first year homeschooling. It would be amazing to find an ‘easy’ science curriculum right off the bat!

  16. We are doing Botany this year and we’d LOVE a journal!! 🙂

  17. I am using Astronomy now for 2 of my kids and it is great! I think I want to do the flying creatures next and keep moving on fom there until we’ve done them all! I would love to win. Homeschool with 5 children is SO expensive! But we love it.

  18. Jennifer Freeman says:

    We would love to win the Astronomy book! I plan on doing it next year! My son is very into space right now.

  19. Jennifer Freeman says:

    shared on facebook 🙂

  20. I would choose Astronomy. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!

  21. We are studying the zoology 3 now and we like it for the emphasis on God . We would love to win the flying creatures of the 5th day. We are enjoying the blog hop too. Thank you!

  22. Kathleen P. says:

    I would choose the Human Body. We are working with Zoology 3 with the Notebooking Journal and my 9 yr old son loves it.

  23. Kathleen P. says:

    I also shared this on my facebook page (ClayandKathleen Parker).

  24. I would love the land animals book.

  25. I have used Astronomy and the kids loved it. I would love to win the Botany with the Jr Notebook Journal. Thanks!

  26. We just read some of the lesson on Venus in the Astronomy textbook today for school. This is our first year with Apologia and we are LOVING it! Next I think we would try the anatomy. I wish we had used the science sooner…it’s fantastic.

  27. I would love to get Zoo 1 Flying creatures. We are doing anatomy right now and absolutely love Jeannies books!

  28. I also shared this on my facebook page.

  29. I have been wanting to get my hands on a set of the Astronomy books with the Jr Notebook!! I have heard nothing but fabulous things about all of the Apologia texts.

  30. We are doing Astronomy with my 8yo and 5yo. It really is a winner of a book. I love it and so do they!

  31. Rebecca C says:

    I would love to win Astronomy.

  32. We’d love to win the Anatomy and Physiology.

  33. I would choose astronomy for my little scientists. I got to meet Jeannie a couple of days ago what a wonderful woman.

  34. We are doing Botany right now and hope to do the Swimming zoology in the spring!

  35. We are studying Astronomy and Swimming Creatures this year. I would choose Zoology 1.

  36. I would to have the Astronomy book for my kids. Thanks for offering this awesome giveaway!


  37. I would LOVE exploring creation!!!!

  38. Posted this link to my facebook account and forwarding the link via email to my homeschooling friends.

  39. Shared on FB!

  40. Hard choice! We are currently using Land Animals of the 6th day. I think we would choose the Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day!

  41. wendy thelen says:

    We are currently doing Zoology 3 and I think I will do botany with my daughter next year because she loves flowers and gardening….or maybe astromony. Pretty sure we will end up with all of them as the years go on!!

  42. Wow! Tough choice! I’ve heard so many good things about so many of these books from other homeschool blogs. But, my 8 year old really wants to learn about space, so Astronomy it would be!

  43. Shared a link on Facebook!

  44. We love Apologia science around here. We have done Astronomy and Zoology 1 & 2. This year we are doing Zoology 3. I would love to win Anatomy for next year! 🙂

  45. My six younger children and I completed Zoology 1 and Astronomy this past school year and will begin Zoology 2 in a few weeks after a break following our Summer term. We already have our text and notebooking journals ready to go. I have actually had to hide them since everyone is so excited. We will be doing Botany in the late Spring and Summer so we would LOVE to win that text. When we complete a course, I don’t sell the text like I do with other subjects but put in on the children’s shelf for free reading and they get a lot of use. We are having such a great time with science and learning so much since we found Jeannie’s series. We plan to use all of them! Really excited about the new physics and chemistry course too!

  46. Amy Johnson says:

    We love all of Jeannie’s Books!!! My two youngest son’s and I just started swimming creatures and they are so excited! The love the journals, too. It would be great to win the new physics and chemistry, since that is all we have left before moving into the Jr. High sciences!!

  47. We would love Zoology Land Animals. thank you for sharing 🙂

  48. Amy Johnson says:

    posted on facebook

  49. We would use the Astronomy Jr Notebook!

  50. REBA FANSLER says:

    we are doing zoology 1 this year. It was a tough choice but we are doing it together with another family once a week. It will be super fun

  51. I would choose Zoo3: Land Animals. Easy decision. It’s the only one we don’t own. 🙂

  52. Michelle Taylor says:

    I would choose the Anatomy and Physiology.

  53. Michelle Taylor says:

    Like Apologia on FB

  54. Michelle Taylor says:
  55. Michelle Taylor says:

    Shared on twitterhttps://twitter.com/#!/cosmo73/status/105782380215812097

  56. I love Jeannie’s books. They are so interesting for me and the kids

  57. I love jeannie’s books and blog! She’s a wealth of knowledge and easing from the Lord! We read Flying creatures of the 5th day last year and I would love to do the astronomy or human body this year!!

  58. Blessing*** from the Lord (darn autocorrect)

  59. I would love to win the Anatomy & Physiology. It’s the only one we don’t own. Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. I shared on Facebook.

  61. I would love to win Zoology 3. We’ve done Botany, Zoology 1 & 2. My son loves them.

  62. If I won, the subject I would choose would be Zoology 2.

  63. I tweeted about this giveaway.
    My Twitter name is-Greeneyedrican.
    The link-http://twitter.com/#!/Greeneyedrican

  64. Lydia Hostetler says:

    The Zoology series looks awesome!! My kids would love them.. I love Astronomy myself.. Living where we do, we have fewer opportunities to see a lot of astronomy..

  65. Dawn Gilcrest says:

    My son loves all things animal, so we would be blessed t win any of the Zoology books. We were hoping to start the school year with this, but finances have put it on the back burner for now, would love to win!!

  66. So hard to choose, but I think I would choose Astronomy.

  67. I shared about this giveaway on FB. http://www.facebook.com/september.west

  68. we would be thrilled to win the Flying creatures set!

  69. I would love to own the Astronomy book! It is a struggle to find materials from a biblical worldview that are as well written as Jeannie’s books. God bless!

  70. thecoolmom says:

    I would love the Botany book! My youngest son is obsessed with plants right now, so I think he’d love it!

  71. I shared on facebook and subscribed via email. Thank you!

  72. Kathy Stevens says:

    We LOVE the Young Explorer series, and I can’t say enough about the notebooks. They are fabulous! I would love to have the new Anatomy book, or the Swimming Creatures :).

  73. Definitely swimming creatures of the fifth day…looks so amazing.

  74. Definitely swimming creatures of the fifth day…looks so fantastic thank you.

  75. I would love Anatomy and Physiology.

  76. Thanks for the chance to win! I would love to win the Astronomy book!

  77. We love Jeannie’s science! We did Astronomy last year and are about to start Zoology 3 for this year. My kids are so excited. Thank you for making science FUN and honoring to our Creator!

  78. Shay Gerritsen says:

    I would choose Astronomy!! I have two boys at this age level that would love to learn all about the universe God has/is creating. I wanted to be an astronaut until I watched the space shuttle explode when I was in 6th grade English class…after that, I decided I’d rather just appreciate space from a distance. 😉

  79. Shay Gerritsen says:

    I’m posting a link to this on twitter & facebook…right now…

  80. LilaAngel says:

    I am very excited to be starting Zoology 1 this year. I would love to win Zoology 2

  81. Kimberlee says:

    I was just looking at these tonight in the catalog. My son would love the astronomy one!

  82. Kimberlee says:

    I tweeted it 🙂 @java_diva

  83. Jennifer N says:

    We are currently using Zoology 3 and LOVE it! My son is so fascinated by it. We would love to do Astronomy next! The oldest is doing the Physical Science Apologia text and learning so much! Thanks for all the great books!

  84. We LOVE the Apologia series! This is such a great give away. For us, I would choose the Astronomy course. It’s one my son, especially, is excited to use. I’m thinking about doing this one over the summer months with him next year.

  85. I posted about this on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/StephMartin0918

    & tweeted about it:

    RT: Here’s a great give away that ends tonight:
    Apologia Meet & Greet Blog Hop: Interview with Jeannie Fulbright! – Home With The Boys

  86. Martha Huber says:

    I would choose Human Anatomy…
    Loved the interview!

  87. Martha Huber says:

    I shared this on FB.

  88. Diane O'Berry says:

    We would love the land animals of the 6th day 🙂 I can’t get the kids to put down the swimming creatures….

  89. Linda Hill says:

    My boys loved the astronomy book and are now thorougly enjoying zoology 1 : Flying Creatures. I would love to win the swimming creatures book since ocean animals are there current obsession.

  90. We are just struggling with Science again this year. I wanted to order the Apologia Books but it wasn’t in my budget this year so I would absolutely LOVE to get the Astronomy from Apologia!!!

  91. Shared on my Homeschool FB page!

  92. Oh I would so love to win this set!!!
    I wanted to get it this year for my guys but the money was not their and I used something I had we are so not happy with it but we are trucking along through. I pray for God to provide for our needs as we go through this school year.

  93. Traci Hoffmann says:

    We are using Anatomy this year, just made the edible cell last night. Next year I would love to pick up with Biology. Love the easy narrative style and fun activities of these books.

  94. Traci Hoffmann says:

    shared on fb

  95. Susan Davis says:

    We would love to have the Young Explorer’s Botany. I cannot wat to get started using these with my kids!

  96. Melissa Cavanagh says:

    Love, love, love these books. This year my son wants to do Swimming Creatures of the 5th day. Thanks for the chance to win this set!

  97. Susan Davis says:

    Shared on FB too!

  98. Brandy Bushman says:

    We love these books! We have Zoology 2 and Botany so far. It would be such a blessing to have Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology for this year!

  99. Brandy Bushman says:

    I shared on FB too! 🙂

  100. I think that the Exploring Creation Astronomy books are the perfect place to begin studying science an creation in a homeschool environment. This is our first year of homeschool and we are so excited. Thanks so much for the chance!

  101. We’re doing our first one this year and are so excited! I really want them all, but if I had to choose, I think I’d pick Anatomy & Physiology. Thanks! 🙂

  102. I would choose the Human Anatomy Journal. My daughter will probably be using that book next year.

  103. I would LOVE to do Swimming Creatures on the Fifth Day.

  104. We are planning on doing Astronomy this year so this would save me the expense of buying it. 🙂

  105. I shared on facebook.

  106. I would love the Human Anatomy set. To help me answer all the questions my 7 year old lately has been asking about how his body works.

  107. Jennifer Sheler says:

    I would love love love the Apologia Astronomy! I have two 8 year old boys and two 10 year old girls that simply love astronomy! It would make a great addition to this years learning!

  108. Jennifer Sheler says:

    Also, I “shared” on Facebook as well!

  109. Sharon Normark says:

    We’ve gone through most of the Astronomy book and have had so much FUN learning about all the amazing things God so perfectly created in the universe! We will be doing Zoology next, so I would love to win the Zoology 3 book! (Already bought the first 2 in anticipation) 🙂

  110. i think we would choose astronomy…since that is one of the few we DON’T have!


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