We purchased this product for our Third grader. Apologia does a GREAT job of keeping the material simple, yet sometimes challenging. We chose to purchase the Student Notebooking Journal, which includes several fun activities to reinforce the reading. It is quite easy to teach without the use of the Teacher's Manual, and we believe it is one of the best curriculum investments we have made this year.
By the time I have bought this book, I have tried several various editions from other publishers and was never satisfied with what I saw as I was looking for a systematic approach. I have found it in the Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics. This book is perfect for homeschooling at the level of grade 6 but can be used in grade 7 level. All concepts are covered in a form that is clear to the student but at the same time at sufficient level to really build a knowledge. Every concept is supported by the "Try It" experiments which are very simple to do, but very to the point to support gained knowledge of the concept. Also quality of the print is very good which looks attractive to my child. I see my daughter reads the book with interest and is very keen on trying out all experiments. Never saw any interest to science in her before. And I do not need to browse through various books looking for supporting activities. All is there thoughtfully compiled into a one good course. Really happy with the result and highly recommend it to parents!
My boys and I are enjoying the hands on learning. (ages 9, 8, 3) They are understanding the concepts, having fun discovering, and remembering things. I love how they introduced the study of matter and energy connected to the creator of matter and source of energy, God.
However, I do not recommend this book if you are not prepared to do lots of simple experiments.