In 2000, my husband and I pulled our children from public school mid-year. There were many reasons. Our plan was always to take things year by year. I had no idea how it would go, but as that first few months unfolded, I began to see the benefits. And one of the greatest benefits was time.
Time for kids to play: a five year old being homschooled doesn't need more than a couple of hours to finish what he needs to do for the day. Kids learn a lot from independent play, and there was time for that. My two boys, two years apart, had incentive to buckle down and work because they could play. I will always have memories of them dashing upstairs to the bedroom to get out the Lego or go outside with their bikes. Play is good. Today, kids' play is so structured and micromanaged. Free play or time to do absolutely nothing are good things; they foster the imagination.
Time to be together as a family: I never realized how much the school schedule controlled us until we get out of it. There were no more rushed dinners in order to get out of the house for music lessons, soccer practice, or kids' club. We could have music lessons at 2:00 in the afternoon, and we did. One year, our piano teacher even taught here at the house in the morning because it worked for everyone. We took vacations when we wanted. Off-season vacation prices are great and we found fall was much better for vacations than the summer.
Time to explore: Homeschooling gave my kids a chance to investigate whatever they wanted. My daughter was able to indulge her voracious reading appetite with historical fiction and a heavy doses of Agatha Christie and Lord Peter Wimsey. She was able to focus on her piano playing at the time, and write as many stories as she wanted. My boys were able to nurture their musical interests. They were able to work at their own pace, faster or slower as the case may be, without anyone hurrying them or asking them to wait.
Time for good books: We read together every morning. I can't remember everything we read, but that first year we read the Chronicles of Narnia. My youngest was only five, and he was allowed to listen as long as his attention span would allow. Eventually, when he was nine, he read them on his own. We read the stories of Redwall, and I even did my best to make the accents of the animals in that series. I cried when I read the end of Charlotte's Web, and I had to get one of the kids to finish "In Flander's Fields" when we read that out loud on November 11th one year.
Time to talk: When we homeschooled, it was possible to take bunny trails in any discussion of schoolwork. There were no deadlines, only guidelines of when we wanted to get done. Taking thirty minutes to talk about something related or something unrelated was possible because there was always time.
There are holes in every education. One cannot learn everything and every student will leave their school years with gaps in things learned. Even the years they spent in public high school left holes. No education is perfect. I don't regret sending them to high school despite some of the issues.
And I will never regret homeschooling because it was a worthwhile investment of time with my children. Think about it: generally speaking, the majority of our lives is not spent living with our parents. The years with our children fly so quickly. My children are young adults now, and it's work to schedule a time when we can all be together. I'm glad I had that time with them when we did. It was worth every moment, good and bad. And I'd do it again in a heartbeat.