As promised...pictures of Erik's WWII project.
This is the terrain for his WWII German Town.
This is the part that he needs to paint tonight. Then, after the paint is dry, he will add sand, grass, etc... I also finally got a better idea of just how long this model is. It's about 3'x 6' (a bit longer than our couch).
This is the town center. Those are sandbags surrounding the town fountain. It still has to be painted.
This is a farmstead. I love his little garden!
The river is in the background.
He is making this for the homeschool fair. Every year our homeschool support group (The River Valley Home Educators) hold two project fairs. Usually they assign a subject to the fair (We've had science, geography, history, hobby, zoology, culture, etc...) but this time, they are holding an "open" fair (at Erik's request) so the topics will be varied. Erik has had his "ups" and "downs" during previous fairs. There was the year that he brought the violin that he was making from scratch. That was very impressive. Then there was the year he forgot his notes and couldn't recite his speech (no, he hadn't memorized it), so we improvised by having the audiance ask him questions about his topic (which he knew very well and was able to answer them all)...and the year he had a run in with the podium and the podium won (picture Mr. Bean, if you will, trying to get the music stand at the right height...it went waaaaay down, it went waaaay up...repeat until the audience is in stitches). Although sometimes frustrating and other times embarrasing, they have really been very good learning experiences. Over all, we really enjoy these fairs. As a homeschool group, we are aware that our children may not always have the opportunity to get up in front of an audience and present a speech or a project, so we make sure that they have that opportunity twice a year at these fairs. It's been great to see young kids just starting out in Kindergarten or grade one, shyly get up and whisper a poem or have Mom or Dad up beside them feeding them their lines. Fast forward three years, and you see them confidently presenting their projects with Mom or Dad sitting in the audience. It pays off. Not too long ago, Erik helped out with a Medieval presentation to 450 middle school students at UMPI (University Maine Presqu'Isle). His confidence, knowlege of the subject and poise so impressed the professors with who he was presenting that he came away with offers of College recomendation letters.
Okay, I was having a little fun with "Godzilla Rat" last night. The stuffed rat isn't really part of his project.