Sometimes using an online resource that shows experiments can be a great option for homeschool students. The scientist performs the experiments with supplies that are easy to find. Students see the experiment performed the correct way and then are shown how to set it up and explore even more on their own.
Many times experiments can spur even greater learning. Rather than reading the textbook first, students can be encouraged to experiment first and then will have a greater desire to read about their experiment, explore why it worked the way it did, and learn more about other similar experiments they can do.
Chemistry doesn't have to be reserved for the high school student either. Elementary students can really benefit from studying chemistry too. When my son was 6, he used to say each week, "Mom, let's do some more chemistry. I want to do Chemistry today!"
Check out the tips and pointers at homeschool chemistry supplies and enjoy science with your children!