- He can pursue things that interest him.
- He loves to read, but will have the autonomy to choose his own readings (with the caveat that he must represent several genres).
- No more writing repetitive chapter summaries for 30 chapter books just for the teacher to check whether he has read. (this is gifted curriculum?!)
- He will practice writing something, anything every day (this may be our major homeschool battle). But, perhaps he will learn not to fear the "blank page".
- His psyche can only improve if no one is beating him down about his failure to achieve constantly.
- He will get one-on-one playdates regularly (where he is comfortable, happy, and has good friends) and spend less time in large groups of kids where he is less comfortable and less accepted.
- He feels strongly that he wants a good education, but he will be empowered to take some responsibility there.
- No worksheets!!! (unless he chooses them)
- We may recover the charming son that we have lost to stress and being overwhelmed by the system.
- Will he lay on the floor all day, rolling around and playing with plastic people; or is that just how he "de-stresses" at the end of a hard day at elementary school. That is, sometimes that is fine - but, will he do it all of the time?
- Can I keep him off of the computer/Wii/tv? (Screen time is really deleterious to him).
- Lots of time with a child kicking around my office (I so hope that he won't be disruptive, distracting, or difficult - although these characteristics would be unusual for him).
- Will he become too reclusive? Or, will it be refreshing for my little introvert to not be forced into large groups six hours a day?
- Not too much room for homeschool networking - I work full-time.
- Will he be able to adjust to "real" school when he returns? Will he even want to?