1. socialization: covered that. :)
2. joys and challenges
3. Ease of Homeschooling.
4. teaching how to sharing/differences.
which leads me to today. What else might one want to consider when homeschooling a singleton.
Part of how I deal with that is I review materials for TOS and elsewhere. This gives me the opportunity to review materials and see what works for my son before going out to purchase something costing $100 or more.
I also do free things - a free education is the way to go in my book. If you notice I maintain a large list of freebies. They aren't organized in a great manner and I want to change how I've done things, I just don't know HOW right now and it's just too much work to do at the moment.
2. chores: who does 'em? You can't expect a single child to do all the chores. So we have tasks that he is responsible for: feeding the cats, putting away cups and silverware and other such things. He's an easy helpful child so it's not hard to get him to complete various tasks.
3. how to "spur one another on". Having siblings or other children being schooled with you can help "spur one another one"...whether it's the "can I do it better than" or "how can I help".....a singleton doesn't have that built in rivalry.
4. Self-sufficiency. My lad is often encouraged to figure things out, learning to ask for help or to accept outside help is a challenge for him. SHSHT is often heard here as he struggles to figure out how to do it himself, and offering to help is met with outbursts of anger as he's SO Focused on doing it himself that accepting assistance is hard for him. We'll continue to encourage the self-sufficiency AS we also teach him that asking for help or ideas is a good thing to do as well.