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A NOTE ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

We at Royal Fireworks Press are aware of our duty to our larger community of parents and children, teachers and students to supply the high-quality printed texts and novels, online courses, supplemental materials, and educational opportunities that you rely on us to provide. We are also aware of our duty to our local community to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As such, we have instituted policies and practices that will ensure the greatest safety of our staff and customers. Employees whose jobs do not require them to be on site will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future, and those who must be at the Royal Fireworks facility are maintaining recommended social distancing guidelines and practicing heightened cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

People across the nation and the world are recognizing that education, while not typically defined as an essential service, is at least of high priority. We are doing what we must to make sure that you can help children move forward in their learning and stay intellectually active and academically engaged during this time of uncertainty, when distance learning and learning from home seem by many to be the safest option for their children.

Thank you for your continued patronage during this unprecedented time. We wish you all well.

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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 summer session and 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.)

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.

 A Caution about Buying Used Copies of Royal Fireworks Press Books

New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEW: The Latest Installment in the Western Philosophy Series! The newest, much-anticipated book in Dr. Sharon Kaye’s Western philosophy series has at last arrived: The Squirrel Behind the Tree. Like Dr. Kaye’s other books, this novel tells an absorbing story that presents a variety of historical characters and philosophical concepts and makes them surprisingly accessible to children. The Squirrel Behind the Tree introduces readers to John Dewey, the foremost American philosopher of the twentieth century and the man who almost single-handedly revolutionized the American education system, as well as several of the other influential philosophers of that era. But this is not a dry account of what Dewey did and the philosophies he espoused; this is a page-turning novel that includes a murder mystery and a budding romance, giving readers a fascinating way to look at the philosophical, social justice, and political movements that were prominent at the turn of the twentieth century.

NEW: A Book about What It’s Like to Be Born Deaf. Faith’s Journey is a touching story told by a child who was born deaf. It chronicles the struggles that she and her parents faced as they worked to find accommodations for her disability in a hearing world. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, in the first grade, Faith was diagnosed with leukemia, a devastating and terrifying diagnosis, made all the more difficult because of her deafness. The family is an impenetrable fortress of love and strength, however, and (spoiler alert!) Faith perseveres. This is a tale of bravery and family unity against incredible odds.

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.

RE-RELEASED: We’re pleased to announce the re-release of one of our classic publications: Math Verses with Twists. This math book, which originally came in four slim volumes, has been redesigned, freshly edited, and combined into a single book of 100 math problems, logic puzzles, and conundrums that will get kids thinking about math in new and creative ways. Each page contains a short poem that presents a puzzle that kids will have to put on their thinking caps to solve. This is a fun way to play with math through the medium of language!

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: Explorers in a New World. The first Europeans to travel to America did not expect to find it, and they were not particularly happy about what they found. They spent a great deal of time and effort exploring ways to go around it or through it before they realized the promise that the land itself held. This is an expansive series of ten books that begins with Columbus and ends with the mapping of the entire contiguous United States. 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 ten 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 Pioneering on the Plains, but don’t miss the other books in the series!

View the Royal Fireworks Press homeschool catalog.

New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEW: The Latest Installment in the Western Philosophy Series! The newest, much-anticipated book in Dr. Sharon Kaye’s Western philosophy series has at last arrived: The Squirrel Behind the Tree. Like Dr. Kaye’s other books, this novel tells an absorbing story that presents a variety of historical characters and philosophical concepts and makes them surprisingly accessible to children. The Squirrel Behind the Tree introduces readers to John Dewey, the foremost American philosopher of the twentieth century and the man who almost single-handedly revolutionized the American education system, as well as several of the other influential philosophers of that era. But this is not a dry account of what Dewey did and the philosophies he espoused; this is a page-turning novel that includes a murder mystery and a budding romance, giving readers a fascinating way to look at the philosophical, social justice, and political movements that were prominent at the turn of the twentieth century.

NEW: A Book about What It’s Like to Be Born Deaf. Faith’s Journey is a touching story told by a child who was born deaf. It chronicles the struggles that she and her parents faced as they worked to find accommodations for her disability in a hearing world. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, in the first grade, Faith was diagnosed with leukemia, a devastating and terrifying diagnosis, made all the more difficult because of her deafness. The family is an impenetrable fortress of love and strength, however, and (spoiler alert!) Faith perseveres. This is a tale of bravery and family unity against incredible odds.

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.

RE-RELEASED: We’re pleased to announce the re-release of one of our classic publications: Math Verses with Twists. This math book, which originally came in four slim volumes, has been redesigned, freshly edited, and combined into a single book of 100 math problems, logic puzzles, and conundrums that will get kids thinking about math in new and creative ways. Each page contains a short poem that presents a puzzle that kids will have to put on their thinking caps to solve. This is a fun way to play with math through the medium of language!

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: Explorers in a New World. The first Europeans to travel to America did not expect to find it, and they were not particularly happy about what they found. They spent a great deal of time and effort exploring ways to go around it or through it before they realized the promise that the land itself held. This is an expansive series of ten books that begins with Columbus and ends with the mapping of the entire contiguous United States. 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 ten 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 Pioneering on the Plains, 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.

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