Homeschooling at the Highest Level

At Royal Fireworks Press, our aim is to support parents 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 because we think it is foolish to work to low standards. We know that the individual attention of homeschooling enables children to succeed with demanding materials. Our curricula engender a different experience because they are radically different in approach from other curricula.

We offer FREE SHIPPING on any domestic U.S. order that includes a Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum Complete Homeschool Package. Enter MCTHSP in the voucher box in the shopping cart, pay by credit card or PayPal, and your entire order will ship free.

The Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community. Our fall 2018 session is in full swing, which means we’ll be opening up enrollment for the 2019 spring semester soon. Although we’re still working out the final course schedule, we do know that Michael Clay Thompson will be teaching the second semester of his complete language arts program, Levels 1-6, which provides a full course of instruction to students in grammar, vocabulary, writing, poetics, and literature. Myriam Thompson will also continue on with the second semester of her Spanish classes. We’ll also be adding creative writing classes. For updates and more information on what is being offered, go to rfolc.com. And check back here for more announcements as we finalize the schedule!

A Caution about Buying Used Copies of Royal Fireworks Press Books

For the Best in Your Classroom

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 second volume of the Royal Fireworks Press Latin curriculum is now available. Like Volume I, Ecce Caecilia et Verus, the second volume, entitled Caecilia et Verus in Foro Romano, is written entirely in Latin, providing children with an immersive experience in which they make sense of the story by using the images to determine the meanings of the words. Both volumes come with an instructor manual so that even parents who are new to Latin will be able to teach it. Downloadable audio files of the author reading the pages enable young learners (and older ones too!) to hear the correct pronunciation of this ancient language that is the foundation of modern academic English.

NEW: Pascal and Fermat: The Probability Pen Pals. This novel is the first in a series called Mathematical Lives by Robert Black, who is also the author of the Mathematical Nights fiction novels. Pascal and Fermat is the story of the birth of probability theory, which came about after a gambler asked Blaise Pascal what would be the best bet in a particular situation. To solve the problem, Pascal enlisted the help of amateur mathematician Pierre de Fermat. During the course of several months through an exchange of letters, Pascal and Fermat laid the foundation of what we now know as probability theory. Readers will be introduced to both the mathematical concept and the story of its inception, as well as the men who made it a reality.

NEW: One School, Many Paths to Success. Patti McKinnell, founder of The Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver, Colorado, presents the philosophy and educational program of her remarkable school for gifted and creative students. Parents and homeschooling families will learn, not just about the school, but about programs and methodologies that appeal to many children on fundamental levels so that they are excited and engaged in their learning. 

NEW: Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children and More Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children. These books offer a variety of activities for children from four to seven years old and meet a need for high-level logic materials for young children. The challenges posed include organizing information, sequencing, detecting patterns, understanding relationships, inferring, solving analogies, and making deductions. Many of the lessons are pictorial, with simple instructions that can be read to children so that children who cannot yet read can participate in developing their thinking and math skills.

NEW: Eastern Philosophy Book for Young Children. The Day the Thought Bubbles Got in the Way is a gorgeous, full-color picture book that introduces children as young as four years old to one of the foundational principles of Buddhist philosophy: that when you are caught up thinking about the past or the future, your thoughts are getting in the way of making you happy right now. This concept is introduced and explained by characters Rosa and Kevin in a fun, rhyming narrative. Additional pages in the back provide background content and discussion questions.

NEW: Awesum Alex Math BooksFor children struggling with math—and for those who are not—the Awesum Alex books show children how to add and how to subtract, but probably not in the ways that they are used to seeing. The authors have taken a non-traditional approach to math instruction, but it is one based on logic, presenting children with the “why” of mathematics instead of just the “how” so that the lessons become meaningful and memorable.

NEW: Amazing Ants. This text guides children through the process of developing a series of experiments with ants—one of the easiest live animals to acquire and use in a scientific setting. His instructions and explanations enable readers to understand the procedures that are the basis of the scientific method.

VISION THERAPY: Royal Fireworks Press is offering the LARS, the Lane Academic Readiness Screen, developed by Kenneth A. Lane, O.D. This instrument allows parents and caregivers to identify possible impediments to a child’s ability to read. Based on the results, users are directed to packages of vision therapy workbooks that will help the child overcome specific weaknesses and improve his or her reading speed and proficiency.

The latest Royal Fireworks Press homeschool catalog can be viewed here. Once you are viewing it, you can email it to yourself or others, or you can share it on social media. You can also download the pages as a pdf document from here.

New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEW: The second volume of the Royal Fireworks Press Latin curriculum is now available. Like Volume I, Ecce Caecilia et Verus, the second volume, entitled Caecilia et Verus in Foro Romano, is written entirely in Latin, providing children with an immersive experience in which they make sense of the story by using the images to determine the meanings of the words. Both volumes come with an instructor manual so that even teachers who are new to Latin will be able to teach it. Downloadable audio files of the author reading the pages enable young learners (and older ones too!) to hear the correct pronunciation of this ancient language that is the foundation of modern academic English.

NEW: Pascal and Fermat: The Probability Pen Pals. This novel is the first in a series called Mathematical Lives by Robert Black, who is also the author of the Mathematical Nights fiction novels. Pascal and Fermat is the story of the birth of probability theory, which came about after a gambler asked Blaise Pascal what would be the best bet in a particular situation. To solve the problem, Pascal enlisted the help of amateur mathematician Pierre de Fermat. During the course of several months through an exchange of letters, Pascal and Fermat laid the foundation of what we now know as probability theory. Readers will be introduced to both the mathematical concept and the story of its inception, as well as the men who made it a reality.

NEW: One School, Many Paths to Success. Patti McKinnell, founder of The Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver, Colorado, presents the philosophy and educational program of her remarkable school for gifted and creative students. Teachers and school administrators will learn, not just about the school, but about programs and methodologies that appeal to many children on fundamental levels so that they are excited and engaged in their learning. 

NEW: Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children and More Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children. These books offer a variety of activities for children from four to seven years old and meet a need for high-level logic materials for young children. The challenges posed include organizing information, sequencing, detecting patterns, understanding relationships, inferring, solving analogies, and making deductions. Many of the lessons are pictorial, with simple instructions that can be read to children so that children who cannot yet read can participate in developing their thinking and math skills.

NEW: Eastern Philosophy Book for Young Children. The Day the Thought Bubbles Got in the Way is a gorgeous, full-color picture book that introduces children from Pre-K to grade 3 to one of the foundational principles of Buddhist philosophy: that when you are caught up thinking about the past or the future, your thoughts are getting in the way of making you happy right now. This concept is introduced and explained by characters Rosa and Kevin in a fun, rhyming narrative. Additional pages in the back provide background content and discussion questions.

NEW: Awesum Alex Math BooksFor children struggling with math—and for those who are not—the Awesum Alex books show children how to add and how to subtract, but probably not in the ways that they are used to seeing. The authors have taken a non-traditional approach to math instruction, but it is one based on logic, presenting children with the “why” of mathematics instead of just the “how” so that the lessons become meaningful and memorable.

NEW: Amazing Ants. This text guides students through the process of developing a series of experiments with ants—one of the easiest live animals to acquire and use in a scientific setting. His instructions and explanations enable readers to understand the procedures that are the basis of the scientific method.

VISION THERAPY: Royal Fireworks Press is offering the LARS, the Lane Academic Readiness Screen, developed by Kenneth A. Lane, O.D. This instrument allows teachers and caregivers to identify possible impediments to a child’s ability to read. Based on the results, users are directed to packages of vision therapy workbooks that will help the child overcome specific weaknesses and improve his or her reading speed and proficiency.

Michael Clay Thompson Curriculum as iBooks. All grade levels are all now available in digital format. We have grouped them into sets to show what is in each level.

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.

The latest Royal Fireworks Press catalog for schools can be viewed here. Once you are viewing it, you can email it to yourself or others, or you can share it on social media. You can also download the pages as a pdf document from here.

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