My son started school when he was 5 for one term. At that time I was taken ill and was in hospital for a period. Theo suffered severe separation anxiety, never knowing if mummy was going to be at home when he finished school. He didn't settle at school and was upset every day often alone. So after a term I took him out and home schooled him for a year and a half.
But where we live we are socially isolated and he had only a few friends he would see once a week, often older children, he was very very happy though. He is now nearly 7. I took the decision to put him into school to see if he could fit in and get some friends to play with, he got two party invites and a playdate, he went for the last 8 weeks of summer term this year. He cried and begged and pleaded not to go. I couldn't get him dressed and some days he missed school. He got very anxious at leaving me. The school agreed he could do half days only to see if this built his confidence, and whilst he still asked if he could be home schooled he became apathetic and went to school.
All summer he has asked if he can be homeschooled like before and I am torn, as I want him to have friends. It is all about the friends. If I honestly thought he would not grow up to be a boy in his teens sat at home with no friends, I would homeschool him. I just want him to be happy. Dh thinks he will settle given enough time. I don't know what to do