DD has a "cultural project" due tomorrow. Each student had to choose a country, and then put together some kind of paper thing (poster, book) and a presentation about that country. DD chose Scotland, I'm sure because she had just seen a Mystery Hunters show on Discovery Kids about the Loch Ness Monster. (This Nova site was our Loch Ness resource -- it's very good.) So a good part of the day was spent helping her put it all together, and now I've got the last batch of Scotch shortbread cookies in the oven for her to bring and share.
She made a book with six pages, covering the map, facts about the people, the main jobs people do there, sports, and of course, the Loch Ness Monster.
She worked hard, but it irks me that she only finished it the day before it was due. As with DS1's big projects, there was a lot for me to do, too, including sitting on her to do what needed to be done, and resisting the temptation to do any of it myself. There's a fine line between helping and taking over.
Now I know more about Scotland than I ever have, and no doubt I'll never forget any of it, either, since I had to go over it, and over it, and over it with DD for her presentation. Sadly I noted that Scotland's population is declining, although recent waves of immigration have mitigated that somewhat. I like the idea of Scotland, with the wild highlands and the fertile lowlands, with fish and game in abundance. It seems a lot of that flavor has been preserved, at least from what we read. It really does sound like a nice place to visit. And as a half Scots-Irish girl, I'm not surprised to find that learning more about it really does make me want to go, someday.