Apologia in itself is an amazing program. The Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is a great curriculum for those that are looking to do a LOT of hands-on activities. The only problem that I have with the program (and this is why it's a 4 star rating rather than a 5 star rating) is that many of the activities use items that you can't find around the home easily. For example, one of the experiments requires a graduated cylinder. This is not something most people have just lying around the house. Something else is that the "lesson plan" given in the notebooking journal is based on a 2-day class rather than a 4 or 5 day class. I think that a more detailed plan with more options as far as that go would really improve this curriculum. With those two exceptions, this is an amazing curriculum that is easy to use and is able to be modified for just about any age/grade level. An added bonus is that multiple children on multiple levels can use the same curriculum.
We enjoyed Exploring Creation with Astronomy, but we LOVE the new Chemistry and Physics book! It is more colorful, more interactive, and has even more hands-on activities to illustrate the science lessons. I love how the layout is more broken up than some of the other textbooks. So far it is working well for my 10, 8, and 6 year old students, and even 4-year old little brother will hang around to help with all the hands-on learning fun!
We use this text in a cooperative environment and I really enjoy the writer's style. The "Try This", to me, are great for nailing down hard to grasp concepts. Jeannie Fulbright is an excellent author, in my opinion, and this book thus far is not an exception.
The material is also quite advanced - amorphous solids, viscosity, electron shells and orbitals, etc. - all concepts that I'm covering with a high school chemistry class as well. We are teaching 4th-7th graders using this text. Younger students would experience difficulty in grasping everything that is shared. The material is dense.