We left the public school system after Kindergarten because they couldn't work with dd's differing abilities in various areas (high ability in reading and math and low ability in handwriting which has since improved dramatically).
We've been homeschooling for the past 3 years (she's 8) and now that she's getting older I seem to be having a rough time providing enough social and supplemental activities. We live in a small town and I work from home so I want to make sure what we do outside of the house does count.
Currently we are participating in 2 homeschool groups which gives us 2 play dates a week, play soccer (practice 2x a week), and go to church twice a week. All of this is 30 minutes from our home in another smal town because as I said our town offers nothing.
I'm almost afraid to sign dd up for anything with the homeschooling groups because many of the classes are babyish. The group suggested for her age level in a writing co-op was "How to write a sentence" and in another co-op she really wanted to take a state history class but that was only offered to the age group up and she was stuck with a younger group. I found out later a child her age was allowed in that upper class because he had a sibling in that group. DD would have done fine! So all in all, the homeschoolers are not on her academic level and many of them are not on her maturity level. If given the choice, she prefers to play with children about a year and a half older than her (and I don't think this is an in appropriate age difference) but many times the cut offs for activities are currently excluding her. If I ask about an activity, I'm generally told the age limit is firm. If I don't ask, I'm told "Oh she could have done that!"
Do you have any suggestions of where to find supplemental activities that might also allow her to have some interaction with other children? She craves it but is bored in co-op classes and I'm starting to get tired of people second guessing my ability to judge her ability!
I think this is a temporary stage but I'm frustrated that I'm not able to provide what she needs.