I am the parent of a 10 year old daughter who is currently in Grade 6 at a public elementary school. I often find she is bored with the curriculum and I am hoping to utilize some homeschooling methods to help her maintain interest in her subjects. She finds them to "dumbed down", for lack of a better term. For instance, when her class was doing a unit on Medieval Europe, she found herself questioning why her teacher was only discussing the nobility and not the peasantry...we took the extra steps at home to discuss the issues that were faced by the lower classes and my husband even taught her how to make chainmail. Same thing with discussing the Age of Expansion and the arrival of Columbus, the teacher described it as "sunshine and roses" for the Natives....she questioned that, and I told her the truth.
I am unable to take her out of school as her father and I are separated and he would never agree to it, so for the time being she is stuck where she is. Any advice on how to supplement her schooling with certain things at home?
It sounds to me like you're doing a great job already! I'd say just take her to the library, let her read more indepth books on the topics she is questioning. Also, maybe you can find lectures around town --at the library or local community college -- to attend and deepen her knowledge. Good luck!