Homeschooling at the Highest LevelFor the Best in Your Classroom

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

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!

NEW EDITION: Educational Play: Math Games and Activities for Your Child! This book enables parents of young children to bring math lessons into real-world relevance by making math a fun part of many everyday activities, as well as introducing math concepts in simple games to help kids become comfortable with basic mathematical functions, which will help them in both their academic careers and in their daily lives.

REISSUED: Taking Control, A Novel about Alexander the Great! Julian is on a dull museum tour with his class when he encounters a strange man who offers to take him to the past to view history live as it’s happening. Julian agrees, and he begins a series of visits to the ancient world, where he first watches and then actually gets to meet Alexander the Great during the course of Alexander’s short but remarkable life. Each visit to the past provides Julian with a more complete understanding of the brilliant, ambitious, complex man who was Alexander the Great, forever changing Julian’s view of the significance of history to the modern world.

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.

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!

REISSUED: An Exploration of One Man’s Artistic Process and the Art He Created. Frederick Franck was an artist who created two series of images that were later translated into stained glass panels, which he had installed in a building that he had specially built on property he owned in Warwick, New York. In The Tao of the Cross and the Oxherding Parable, Franck shares his creative journey, offering interesting insight into what drew him to both the Christian narrative of Jesus’s death and resurrection and the Buddhist story of the oxherd that represents the ten stages of Zen practice. This slim book includes a full-color reproduction of each image.

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 Explorers in a New World, but don’t miss the other books in the series!

View the Royal Fireworks Press homeschool catalog.

New at Royal Fireworks Press

REISSUED: Taking Control, A Novel about Alexander the Great! Julian is on a dull museum tour with his class when he encounters a strange man who offers to take him to the past to view history live as it’s happening. Julian agrees, and he begins a series of visits to the ancient world, where he first watches and then actually gets to meet Alexander the Great during the course of Alexander’s short but remarkable life. Each visit to the past provides Julian with a more complete understanding of the brilliant, ambitious, complex man who was Alexander the Great, forever changing Julian’s view of the significance of history to the modern world.

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.

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!

REISSUED: An Exploration of One Man’s Artistic Process and the Art He Created. Frederick Franck was an artist who created two series of images that were later translated into stained glass panels, which he had installed in a building that he had specially built on property he owned in Warwick, New York. In The Tao of the Cross and the Oxherding Parable, Franck shares his creative journey, offering interesting insight into what drew him to both the Christian narrative of Jesus’s death and resurrection and the Buddhist story of the oxherd that represents the ten stages of Zen practice. This slim book includes a full-color reproduction of each image.

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 Explorers in a New World, 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.


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