My boys are enjoying this. It is very easy to understand and they love all the hands on activities. Yes it is religious based for those who are looking for that, but it is easily taken out for those who do not. It is a bit too easy for my 12 year old, but he does enjoy the activities. I would also highly recommend the notebook that goes with. It makes it simple and organized for note taking and helps guide what to take notes on.
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!