Curriculum and Accreditation.
This is the way it works, you can go out on your own, round up various books from different publishers and design your own classical curriculum. (I can't go that route because I am not that organized.) Organization comes with wisdom, which comes with experience and age...neither of which I have...ok I am thirty something I think ;) Most of the books "dumb it down" so you teach it without having to have a major in it.
Or you can select a program, like Catholic Schoolhouse, Mother of Divine Grace, Seton, Catholic Heritage Curricula, Our Lady of Victory etc.. and use their syllabii and recommended books. If you don't like the book(s) in a program most will allow you swap out that particular book and teach with another. Most have a nice syllabus and you can go day by day week by week with their syllabii. I know there are more, these are the ones I liked.
Some are accredited which is nice so when your highschooler needs an official transcript to get into college (although a lot of VERY GOOD CATHOLIC colleges are not requiring it now), the accredited program will make one for you. ( We're not enrolled but I keep track of my kids scores and work now...just like a regular teacher would.)
Where do you buy and sell books?
The books can be purchased new on Amazon, Ebay or Sacred Heart Books and Gifts or used (used at Cathswap yahoo group). I don't believe you can resell some of Seton's stuff...so that's a bit of a disadvantage. It has to be traded in.
What curriculum our family uses.
We use Mother of Divine Grace right now. I am not enrolled full time because it is a cost issue, but come 5 or 6th grade I plan on enrolling our family full time as official students. You can still buy all the MODG materials you would need to teach. I am not recommending that to everyone, as every family's situation is different, some have the money, some don't want to commit because they might find out homeschooling isn't their cup of tea, whatever the reason only you can decide for yourself.
Another thing I use is Catholic Schoolhouse art #2 and Catholic Schoolhouse #2 Science. Why? Because my kids need more to do, and I am a Biology major so I just want it. Plus if you look at the genius way they arrange their stuff. ALL YOUR KIDS ON THE SAME SUBJECT IN THE SAME TIME PERIOD. We started with #2 year because the art starts with BC and goes from there. IF I had purchased the whole kit and kaboodle I would have also been doing history from BC forward. Everything is done with the time period being the guide. So you study the saints that lived or artists or musicians that lived in that time period you were just reading about in history.
We also integrate Catholic ABC's, by Catholic Icing. So I always have something on hand that fits everyone's needs here. Catholic ABC's rocks! It's got the transcript in it for your day, so "know what to say".
I Highly recommend "The Story of the World" all the volumes are pretty good, especially I and II
Writing our Catholic Faith
Angel Readers and Angel workbooks
A Beka for Math
Sacred Music Studies (free)
Virtues in Practice (free)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd- find out if you have a program in your Diocese.
And last but not least, Holy Heroes..you can integrate all of their stuff.
The link to Kansas' state law and how to enroll your homeschool are here. Not too much too it. Just document well what you do every day. And I hate to say this, make it obvious for your husband to find in case something happens to you and he has to take action.
Currently we use Sacred Music Studies. As of Fall 2015 we are in Year II with Erin.
Just for fun! Have you heard this guy sing about being Catholic? Well here is a song we like to listen to so much, probably once a day and we dance and clap and the kids know who all the people are in the images now. Enjoy! I like it so much I had to give it it's own page.
Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots..Check
Creator of the Stars of Night (by Justin)
This was how I did our first year below....