Re: just starting out...books?
I recommend all newbies pick up a copy of Cathy Duffy's top 101 picks.
She helps pinpoint learning styles too which is great!
We do like the Easy Grammar for English but I also picked up these for extra work:
They are very simple books, a lot like Rod and Staff which a lot of families like for English (you can actually write in these books though unlike Rod and Staff books)
Our favorites for math have been Teaching Textbooks and Math U See.
There are many great spelling programs out there as well!
I really like Cathy Duffy's website for advice when picking things for our family.
On the hunt for smallish wool! Knit or interlock