thanks :) If I ever were to pull them, it would likely be because I can't keep them where they are right now and things with our family would need to be in a whole different place. Baby DS has a birth defect that will require 2 more surgeries. I know it would not be in the older children's best interests to be home while that is going on. We went through it this fall and I know it was better for them to be in a place where they were comfortable AND had stimulating activities for them vs. sitting at home all day with Grandma who doesn't drive much and certainly does not drive the kids and works-at-night dad. MAYBE when we get through all that, we'll see where we are.
I agree with the poster who said kids view play differently. My son, given the choice of any internet games, will typically pick geography games over anything else lately. Last year, it was math games. He draws detailed maps of--at first it was the world, now it's the US--for fun. He has a subtraction workbook and map workbooks he chooses to do on his own. He DOES play outside, play pretend, watch TV etc. but I'd say probably 60% of his free time is the more serious games.
He would be upset by missing out on school. At this point, the only way I'd do it is if he were also on board, and the way I'd get there is to let him spend some time around the homeschoolers we know, make some friends...and appeal to his introverted nature...which actually might be a downside to homeschooling, I don't know. The only negative thing I have heard him say other than that he misses out on things is "I spend my day surrounded by 25 other people, I just want to spend some time alone!"