Homeschooling at the Highest LevelFor the Best in Your Classroom

PLEASE NOTE: ROYAL FIREWORKS PRESS IS EXPERIENCING A POWER OUTAGE, WHICH ALSO AFFECTS OUR PHONE AND FAX LINES. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, YOU CAN CALL US AT THIS NUMBER: (845) 222-6341. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.

At Royal Fireworks Press, our aim is to support parents who are dedicated to developing in their children a lifelong love of learning, a broad understanding of the world of the intellect, and core competencies in academic areas. Our materials are infused with high intellectual demands that are presented in an inviting, engaging format because children who are excited to learn are able to learn far more than traditional educators often expect them to. We know that the individual attention of homeschooling enables children to succeed with demanding materials, and we want your child to stretch intellectually, to strive to learn and to be enthusiastic while doing so. All of our materials are designed to enable your child to do just that.

The Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community. We are now accepting registrations for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters! Many courses are posted already, and more will be added as we get confirmation from the instructors. We offer high-level courses in a range of subjects taught by experts at the tops of their fields. They are opportunities that you simply don’t want your child to miss!

FREE SHIPPING for all pre-paid orders (in the domestic U.S. only) that include a Michael Clay Thompson Homeschool Package (does not apply to packages of student books only). When you order a Homeschool Package, you can add any other books at the same time and qualify for free shipping on the entire order. Enter MCTHSP in the voucher box in the shopping cart. (Contact us for shipping costs outside the U.S.)

Royal Fireworks Is Undergoing a Major Digital Overhaul! This includes an all-new website that will replace this one. But don’t worry! You’ll still find us at rfwp.com. We have a new site under construction already, but we welcome suggestions about features that you’d like to see in the new site and what you’d like to make sure we retain from this one, so please feel free to email us at feedback@rfwp.com. We expect to have the new site live early this autumn. The second prong of our digital overhaul is putting out our most popular offerings as Kindle eBooks, starting with the MCT language arts curriculum. (But never fear: we have no intentions of stopping production of the print books!) See our blog for more information. We’re excited to be making these changes and can’t wait to be able to present them to you!

A Caution about Buying Used Copies of Royal Fireworks Press Books

At Royal Fireworks Press, we offer materials with the intellectual heft to challenge and intrigue the best students in your classroom, enabling you to educate students at the highest levels. Our texts are demanding, never dumbed down; they are wide-ranging, not narrowly focused; they are not worksheet-based or dull drill and practice but instead Socratic and creative. Our curricula are the difference between real education and teaching to the test. They offer teachers the opportunity to go beyond the ordinary to enrich children’s lives.

Royal Fireworks Is Undergoing a Major Digital Overhaul! This includes an all-new website that will replace this one. But don’t worry! You’ll still find us at rfwp.com. We have a new site under construction already, but we welcome suggestions about features that you’d like to see in the new site and what you’d like to make sure we retain from this one, so please feel free to email us at feedback@rfwp.com. We expect to have the new site live early this autumn. The second prong of our digital overhaul is putting out our most popular offerings as Kindle eBooks, starting with the MCT language arts curriculum. (But never fear: we have no intentions of stopping production of the print books!) See our blog for more information. We’re excited to be making these changes and can’t wait to be able to present them to you!

 A Caution about Buying Used Copies of Royal Fireworks Press Books

New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEWLY REISSUED NOVELS: We have just reissued three of our absolute favorite novels, and they are can’t-miss reading, especially with the lazy days of summer upon us! River Rats takes place in 1940s rural Missouri, where we meet Kenny, who is battling an inner conflict between loyalty to his older brother Jim and standing up for his friend Henry, whom Jim has begun mistreating. Jim’s bad behavior escalates to the point at which Kenny is forced to make a choice, and it is an agonizing decision. Can he do the right thing if he must sacrifice his relationship with his brother? But if that relationship is sacrificed, is it really the right thing? This is a deeply moving story of love and loyalty told in the authentic voice of young Kenny.

Flight of the Cliff Bird welcomes us into the world of the ancient Puebloans who lived in cliff dwellings in what is now Mesa Verde, Colorado. Cliff Bird’s mother has died, and her father has been gone on a trading journey for too many seasons. Her extended family takes care of her now, but she can’t seem to find acceptance with them, and she waits, ever hopeful, for her father to return. She and her cousin Summer Sky are constantly at odds, and it’s a source of stress and frustration for both of them. But there are larger concerns: their people are struggling. It hasn’t rained in far too long, and strangers in the area suggest that an attack is imminent. The people talk of moving, but how can Cliff Bird move? How will her father ever find her when he returns? The story is told in a double narrative, from both Cliff Bird’s and Summer Sky’s perspective as they strive to understand each other. This is a shimmering novel of love, loss, and redemption.

The Weaver’s Scar follows young Faustin during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Faustin is a normal boy who finds himself caught up in the terror of the Hutu slaughter of the Tutsis. His family slain, Faustin is forced to flee, but his unlikely ally is his Hutu friend Diego, and together they float down the Nyabarongo River toward safety. Death awaits at every bend in the river, and the boys witness unspeakable horrors. Even so, they are not prepared for the tragedy that befalls them at the end of their journey. The author does a masterful job of portraying the horrific events of the Rwandan genocide in a way that prevents readers from seeing the gore that must have been inescapable to those who were there, but yet the novel is realistic, honest, and a nail-biter of a thriller. This is an achingly beautiful story that readers will not soon forget.

NEWLY RE-RELEASED: It’s the time of year to get outside, and kids don’t have to stop learning when they do. In fact, the outdoors is a wonderful classroom of its own. And for those children who love nature or science—or both—ants provide a fantastic opportunity for study. Amazing Ants provides middle school- and high school-age children, as well as their parents and teachers, with a surprisingly fascinating and rich way to use the scientific process to study those little critters that many of us rarely even think about. But the author shows how, instead of being a nuisance, ants are an incredible venue for learning that will benefit kids in far-reaching intellectual and academic ways.

NEWLY RE-RELEASED: Nature Study for the Whole Family, an award-winning book by naturalist and instructor (and homeschooling mother of two) Laurel Dodge! Just in time for warmer weather, this beautifully written and illustrated book will become a treasured favorite of anyone looking to find ways to get their children outdoors to discover the wonder of the world around us. It is the perfect guide to helping your family make the most out of natural spaces, whether tiny backyard or vast national park, while embracing the concepts of curiosity, exploration, respect, empathy, and family togetherness. This is a book that should not be missed!

NEWLY REVISED: The Homesteaders Series! This series of six books follows two families as they journey from their home in Norway to America and establish themselves in the Dakota Territory, taking advantage of the 1862 Homestead Act that would give them ownership of a plot of land if they were willing to settle on it and work it. The families suffer repeated tragedies, but they are strong in their faith and in their love for one another, and their strength and perseverance, as well as their willingness to work hard to achieve their goals, offer important lessons for children. Now these books have been substantially edited and redesigned, and we are proud to offer them to a new generation of readers!

NEW: The Newest Mathematical Lives biography by Robert Black! Robert Black is a master storyteller, and the stories he tells are true biographical accounts of some of the people who have been instrumental in the world of mathematics, although many of them aren’t as well known as they should be. Case in point: Benoit Mandelbrot, a Polish Jew who escaped Nazism to discover fractal geometry. Who cares about fractal geometry? Well, if you use a smartphone or enjoy watching movies, then you should. Not only does Benoit Mandelbrot: Reshaping the World tell this story, it also provides an intriguing look at the math that Mandelbrot was working with. It even includes a “Doing the Math” section that allows readers to try some of that math for themselves!

THE NEWEST MCT LANGUAGE ARTS BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE! We couldn’t be more excited to offer Michael Clay Thompson’s newest grammar book for young children. Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster is designed for children ages 7-9—the second of the two preliminary-level grammar books that Michael has written to introduce children to the beautiful and simple inner workings of the English language. Brilliantly witty and gorgeously illustrated, it picks up where the first book, Poodle Knows What?, left off, following the characters from instruction in the eight parts of speech in that book to instruction in the five parts of the sentence in this one. Written in unmetered rhyme, both books contain QR codes on each spread of two pages that link to audio of Michael narrating the book, which is itself a special treat. No child should miss this delightful method of learning grammar!

NEW VIDEO INTRODUCING PARENTS TO THE MCT LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM: We get a lot of questions about Michael Clay Thompson’s language arts curriculum, so we’ve put together a helpful video to answer those questions and to give an overview of the different components of the curriculum and how they work. Click here to watch the video.

NEW: The Newest Set of Books in the Adventures on the American Frontier Dyslexia Series Is Available! The latest set of books in our American history series has just been published: Resolute Men of the Illinois Country. The Illinois Country is the region around the upper Mississippi River watershed, primarily in the present-day states of Illinois and Missouri, and it is a vast, fertile region that men who were just discovering the New World immediately understood to be of critical importance as they tried to establish control of America. This three-part series follows some of the biggest players in the fight to take and hold the land as their own—a long and fraught process driven by the resolve of men who in some cases sacrificed everything in the effort. These illustrated books include a variety of modifications for children with reading disorders, including a special font and audio of the books being read aloud so that children can follow along, drawn in by both the fun illustrations and the delightful narration of our own Christopher Tice. There are twelve other sets of books currently available, each exploring a different subject within the complex history of the United States of America. Click here to view those series. There are more sets planned that will delve into other areas of American history. There are also standard-font editions of these books, offered as biographical novels. These are series that parents will NOT want to miss!

NEW: American History Novels Offer a Way to Explore History through the Stories of the People Who Shaped It. Our Adventures on the American Frontier books are a wonderful way for children to explore American history. There are no dry lists of dates and facts here. These books tell the stories of the people who came to America, explored and settled the land, and used its vast wealth of resources to build new technologies that would make life easier for their families and their communities. Many of these people are relatively unknown, and these books introduce them to children who likely would never meet them otherwise. The latest book in the collection is Resolute Men of the Illinois Country, but don’t miss the other books in the series!

View the Royal Fireworks Press homeschool catalog.

New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEWLY REISSUED NOVELS: We have just reissued three of our absolute favorite novels, and they are can’t-miss reading, especially with the lazy days of summer upon us! River Rats takes place in 1940s rural Missouri, where we meet Kenny, who is battling an inner conflict between loyalty to his older brother Jim and standing up for his friend Henry, whom Jim has begun mistreating. Jim’s bad behavior escalates to the point at which Kenny is forced to make a choice, and it is an agonizing decision. Can he do the right thing if he must sacrifice his relationship with his brother? But if that relationship is sacrificed, is it really the right thing? This is a deeply moving story of love and loyalty told in the authentic voice of young Kenny.

Flight of the Cliff Bird welcomes us into the world of the ancient Puebloans who lived in cliff dwellings in what is now Mesa Verde, Colorado. Cliff Bird’s mother has died, and her father has been gone on a trading journey for too many seasons. Her extended family takes care of her now, but she can’t seem to find acceptance with them, and she waits, ever hopeful, for her father to return. She and her cousin Summer Sky are constantly at odds, and it’s a source of stress and frustration for both of them. But there are larger concerns: their people are struggling. It hasn’t rained in far too long, and strangers in the area suggest that an attack is imminent. The people talk of moving, but how can Cliff Bird move? How will her father ever find her when he returns? The story is told in a double narrative, from both Cliff Bird’s and Summer Sky’s perspective as they strive to understand each other. This is a shimmering novel of love, loss, and redemption.

The Weaver’s Scar follows young Faustin during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Faustin is a normal boy who finds himself caught up in the terror of the Hutu slaughter of the Tutsis. His family slain, Faustin is forced to flee, but his unlikely ally is his Hutu friend Diego, and together they float down the Nyabarongo River toward safety. Death awaits at every bend in the river, and the boys witness unspeakable horrors. Even so, they are not prepared for the tragedy that befalls them at the end of their journey. The author does a masterful job of portraying the horrific events of the Rwandan genocide in a way that prevents readers from seeing the gore that must have been inescapable to those who were there, but yet the novel is realistic, honest, and a nail-biter of a thriller. This is an achingly beautiful story that readers will not soon forget.

NEWLY RE-RELEASED: It’s the time of year to get outside, and kids don’t have to stop learning when they do. In fact, the outdoors is a wonderful classroom of its own. And for those children who love nature or science—or both—ants provide a fantastic opportunity for study. Amazing Ants provides middle school- and high school-age children, as well as their parents and teachers, with a surprisingly fascinating and rich way to use the scientific process to study those little critters that many of us rarely even think about. But the author shows how, instead of being a nuisance, ants are an incredible venue for learning that will benefit kids in far-reaching intellectual and academic ways.

NEWLY REVISED: The Homesteaders Series! This series of six books follows two families as they journey from their home in Norway to America and establish themselves in the Dakota Territory, taking advantage of the 1862 Homestead Act that would give them ownership of a plot of land if they were willing to settle on it and work it. The families suffer repeated tragedies, but they are strong in their faith and in their love for one another, and their strength and perseverance, as well as their willingness to work hard to achieve their goals, offer important lessons for children. Now these books have been substantially edited and redesigned, and we are proud to offer them to a new generation of readers!

NEW: The Newest Mathematical Lives biography by Robert Black! Robert Black is a master storyteller, and the stories he tells are true biographical accounts of some of the people who have been instrumental in the world of mathematics, although many of them aren’t as well known as they should be. Case in point: Benoit Mandelbrot, a Polish Jew who escaped Nazism to discover fractal geometry. Who cares about fractal geometry? Well, if you use a smartphone or enjoy watching movies, then you should. Not only does Benoit Mandelbrot: Reshaping the World tell this story, it also provides an intriguing look at the math that Mandelbrot was working with. It even includes a “Doing the Math” section that allows readers to try some of that math for themselves!

THE NEWEST MCT LANGUAGE ARTS BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE! We couldn’t be more excited to offer Michael Clay Thompson’s newest grammar book for young children. Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster is designed for students in Grades 2/3—the second of the two preliminary-level grammar books that Michael has written to introduce children to the beautiful and simple inner workings of the English language. Brilliantly witty and gorgeously illustrated, it picks up where the first book, Poodle Knows What?, left off, following the characters from instruction in the eight parts of speech in that book to instruction in the five parts of the sentence in this one. Written in unmetered rhyme, both books contain QR codes on each spread of two pages that link to audio of Michael narrating the book, which is itself a special treat. No child should miss this delightful method of learning grammar!

NEW VIDEO INTRODUCING EDUCATORS TO THE MCT LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM: We get a lot of questions about Michael Clay Thompson’s language arts curriculum, so we’ve put together a helpful video to answer those questions and to give an overview of the different components of the curriculum and how they work. Click here to watch the video.

NEW: The Newest Set of Books in the Adventures on the American Frontier Dyslexia Series Is Available! The latest set of books in our American history series has just been published: Resolute Men of the Illinois Country. The Illinois Country is the region around the upper Mississippi River watershed, primarily in the present-day states of Illinois and Missouri, and it is a vast, fertile region that men who were just discovering the New World immediately understood to be of critical importance as they tried to establish control of America. This three-part series follows some of the biggest players in the fight to take and hold the land as their own—a long and fraught process driven by the resolve of men who in some cases sacrificed everything in the effort. These illustrated books include a variety of modifications for children with reading disorders, including a special font and audio of the books being read aloud so that children can follow along, drawn in by both the fun illustrations and the delightful narration of our own Christopher Tice. There are twelve other sets of books currently available, each exploring a different subject within the complex history of the United States of America. Click here to view those series. There are more sets planned that will delve into other areas of American history. There are also standard-font editions of these books, offered as biographical novels. These are series that teachers will NOT want to miss!

NEW: American History Novels Offer a Way to Explore History through the Stories of the People Who Shaped It. Our Adventures on the American Frontier books are a wonderful way for children to explore American history. There are no dry lists of dates and facts here. These books tell the stories of the people who came to America, explored and settled the land, and used its vast wealth of resources to build new technologies that would make life easier for their families and their communities. Many of these people are relatively unknown, and these books introduce them to students who likely would never meet them otherwise. The latest book in the collection is Resolute Men of the Illinois Country, but don’t miss the other books in the series!

For evidence of the efficacy of bringing the MCT vocabulary curriculum into your school, check out this Research Page, which has a list of ten peer-reviewed academic studies that support it.


View the latest Royal Fireworks Press catalog for teachers and schools.

You are viewing Home-based Switch to school-based