Thursday, July 28, 2011

Benjamin with Grandma

[posted by bkmarcus]

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

karate show class

[posted by bkmarcus]

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Playing on the McGuffy Statues

[posted by Nat]

Monday, September 13, 2010

our favorite post office

[posted by bkmarcus]
I apparently haven't unloaded the photos on my iPhone since July.

Here's Benjamin enjoying a candy from the post-office counter while standing on his favorite rock (just outside the PO):

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

catching minnows in the creek

[posted by bkmarcus]

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

4yo boy visits waterfall

[posted by bkmarcus]

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

chasing butterflies

[posted by bkmarcus]

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Little Gym

[posted by bkmarcus]

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

dragons fighting in the clouds

[posted by bkmarcus]
'Dragons Fighting in the Clouds,' 30 May 2010


Sunday, April 18, 2010


[posted by bkmarcus]

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Benjamin's second composition

[posted by bkmarcus]
Dragon: give a big swing of your tail.
Dragon with the burning horn: kick.
Dragon: breathe fire.
Little dragon: crawl.
Baby dragon: break out of your egg and say, "Boo!"

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Little Calf Mountain

[posted by bkmarcus]

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Friday, April 09, 2010

Benjamin's first poem

[posted by bkmarcus]
The Dragon

When the stars go down, all twinkly in the sky
And the roses go up, all happy, all treasury
The frog jumps up on his green house filled with leaves
And then the something goes out, all scary, all spitting fire

Benjamin Tucker Marcus, age 3¾
(transcribed by his father)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

another poetic moment

[posted by bkmarcus]

We got this note in email this morning:

Dear Parents,

The city of Charlottesville is conducting smoke testing in our area. Some smoke entered the school building this morning and we have evacuated all the children. They are all currently in the playground while we are waiting for the smoke to clear.…

They then asked us to retrieve our kids early, so I went in to pick up the boy while he was in the middle of his playground-picnic lunch.

As we were walking to the car, Benjamin was telling me about the smoke. He said, "It twisted the sinews of my heart!"

On the way to school that morning, we had been reciting William Blake:

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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Friday, March 12, 2010

puzzling development

[posted by bkmarcus]

Nathalie bought Benjamin a puzzle for 50¢ at the "Used Resource Sale" at the homeschooling conference. When we got back to the room, he dumped it out and started putting it together. Nathalie asked, "Have you done this puzzle before?"

No, apparently not. He's just suddenly super fast at puzzles — after showing no particular skill with them before. (He wanted to play with puzzles when he got home from school today, so I had already seen his new interest in action. He was fast earlier today, too, but not as fast as he was tonight.) Here's his puzzle, completed:

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