LeisureLife - regarding your question about homeschooler being ready to leave home, please consider the following.
I have many friends who have successfully homeschooled their children. Not only are their graduated children in college (many with full scholarships), but seem to have a better grasp on what their life purpose is and how to pursue it successfully.
I have homeschooled my children and had them in public school. My experience is my children learn a lot more in a lot less time when taught at home. Hence, I recently pulled them out of school in January and began homeschooling again.
I don't think there is a blanket answer for every home. Parents must consider all angles and make choices. I have one friend who homeschools one child, and the other is in public school. That decision was based on the personality and individual responsiblilty level of the two children.
I have five children (11, 9, 6, 4 & 2). The older three are taught daily, the younger two at different times throughout the week. We run our business from home -- so there were a lot of hurdles/challenges. Bottom line for me, my husband and I both strongly felt homeschooling is unquestionably the better option for our family during this season of our life. Because of our conviction, I am willing to work through the challenges, inventory life and adjust as needed to make homeschooling a success. Having said that, we have not closed our minds to future attendance in a public school. But for now, we plan to keep their education in our home. Has been fun, fulfilling & challenging. :)
My kids interact well with peers and adults. They are involved in extracurricular activities - sports, music.