My daughter (9) has been homeschooled for the past three years. This summer, esp. it seemed like she was getting tired of being disappointed when get-togethers with others have not panned out. It has been a tough summer for her-- she loved her times at camp, but even with going out, it felt like there were too many "lulls" because friends her age have been hard to come by.
So, I mentioned school again to her and she had a very different attitude. She WANTS to go now. Interestingly, she has always been unschooled (minus a week here and there where I would panic), and she never wanted structure, so that is what we did. Even a week ago she discussed how much she did not want a routine. All of a sudden, she is saying she wants the classroom environment and is interested in what the classes offer at school, including the structure. It all seemed sudden to me, I should say, but she said it has been on her mind for awhile.
I am pretty disappointed that the vision I had for homeschooling was only that-- a vision, and not a reality I could create. I could do anything re: classes because the academic side was in my control. If it were only that, it hsing would work. However, trying to find ways to guarantee some sort of regular interaction with others? Nope, not really.
I am hoping school will offer her the right kinds of challenges, but I am also sort of at peace with letting go at this point, because I know that what I am offering is not living up to her needs, and have run out of options.