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 prowl for newbie fluff! Try me with what you have! Also looking for NB MUTT's and GMD Workhorse fitteds orange and yellows!