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 continues to expand!  Registration is open for full-year and fall semester courses. Courses begin on September 5th. Now is the time to secure your spot for the 2017/18 academic year. We offer a range of learning opportunities, many of them beyond the subjects available to homeschoolers anywhere else. For more information, go to rfolc.com.

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.

New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEW: We are excited to announce our new Eastern philosophy bookThe Circle of Happiness by Ingrid Klass follows the story of Mae, a young teen who is stuck at a park with her family and has become bored and irritated by her annoying little brother. When a talking monkey invites her to climb through a circle into the air, Mae finds herself in another world, replete with characters who are generous with their explanations about how Mae could learn to discover happiness—even back at the park with her little brother. This warm and witty story is cleverly crafted to lead preteens and teens into the philosophies of several of the ancient Eastern philosophers, from Confucius to Lao Tzu to the Buddha and beyond, all of whom had something to say about the way to achieve happiness in life. The book is enhanced with gorgeous illustrations by our in-house artist Christopher Tice, and it is complemented by a Travel Guide—a separate guidebook that provides in-depth discussions about the philosophers Mae meets on her journey, as well as their philosophies on happiness. The Travel Guide also includes questions that will get youngsters thinking deeply about what they have learned and how they can find happiness in their own lives.

NEW: The newest books in our Western philosophy curriculum, for middle schoolers, are now available. The Noumenal Realm Trilogy features the three novels The Divided Line, The Inverted Spectrum, and The Categorical Imperative. The books introduce kids to Plato’s Analogy of the Divided Line, as well as the great philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including Descartes, Locke, Boyle, Newton, Leibniz, Berkeley, Rousseau, Hume, and Kant. This exciting and engaging trilogy is the latest addition to our philosophy curriculum, which also contains six books for children in grades K-5. Each book tells a story that allows children to understand the philosophical principles of a different group of philosophers, opening up for them a world of questioning and contemplation in a format that is surprisingly accessible to even the very young.

NEW: The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students  Dr. Michael Postma has both professional and personal experience working with twice-exceptional children—those who are gifted but who also struggle with a learning disability or an attentional or behavioral disorder. His new book will help parents as they navigate the educational system so that their children receive both support for their deficits and challenging learning experiences that will enable them to stretch their gifted minds.

NEW: Two literature trilogies by Michael Clay Thompson! We have just published two new literature trilogies as part of the literature component of the MCT language arts curriculum. Michael has produced these new language-illustrated classics just in time for summer reading. The Stevenson Trilogy features three of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most beloved novels: Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The H.G. Wells Trilogy features three of the most famous science fiction novels ever written: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Invisible Man. Both trilogies are a good way to begin a great summer of reading!

Royal Fireworks Press introduces the LARS, the Lane Academic Readiness Screen, developed by Kenneth A. Lane, O.D. This instrument allows parents and other caregivers to identify possible impediments to a child’s ability to read. Based on the results, users are directed to packages of reading 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: We are excited to announce our new Eastern philosophy bookThe Circle of Happiness by Ingrid Klass follows the story of Mae, a young teen who is stuck at a park with her family and has become bored and irritated by her annoying little brother. When a talking monkey invites her to climb through a circle into the air, Mae finds herself in another world, replete with characters who are generous with their explanations about how Mae could learn to discover happiness—even back at the park with her little brother. This warm and witty story is cleverly crafted to lead middle and high schoolers into the philosophies of several of the ancient Eastern philosophers, from Confucius to Lao Tzu to the Buddha and beyond, all of whom had something to say about the way to achieve happiness in life. The book is enhanced with gorgeous illustrations by our in-house artist Christopher Tice, and it is complemented by a Travel Guide—a separate guidebook that provides in-depth discussions about the philosophers Mae meets on her journey, as well as their philosophies on happiness. The Travel Guide also includes questions that will get youngsters thinking deeply about what they have learned and how they can find happiness in their own lives.

NEW: The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students  Dr. Michael Postma has both professional and personal experience working with twice-exceptional children—those who are gifted but who also struggle with a learning disability or an attentional or behavioral disorder. His new book will help teachers work with the 2e children in their classrooms so that these students receive both support for their deficits and challenging learning experiences that will enable them to stretch their gifted minds.

NEW: Two literature trilogies by Michael Clay Thompson! We have just published two new literature trilogies as part of the literature component of the MCT language arts curriculum. Michael has produced these new language-illustrated classics just in time for summer reading. The Stevenson Trilogy features three of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most beloved novels: Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The H.G. Wells Trilogy features three of the most famous science fiction novels ever written: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Invisible Man.

NEW: The newest books in our Western philosophy curriculum, for middle schoolers, are now available. The Noumenal Realm Trilogy features the three novels The Divided Line, The Inverted Spectrum, and The Categorical Imperative. The books introduce students to Plato’s Analogy of the Divided Line, as well as the great philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including Descartes, Locke, Boyle, Newton, Leibniz, Berkeley, Rousseau, Hume, and Kant. This exciting and engaging trilogy is the latest addition to our philosophy curriculum, which also contains six books for students in grades K-5. Each book tells a story that allows children to understand the philosophical principles of a different group of philosophers, opening up for them a world of questioning and contemplation in a format that is surprisingly accessible to even the very young. Read the blog of the curriculum’s author, Professor Sharon Kaye, about the importance of philosophy for children.

Royal Fireworks Press introduces the LARS, the Lane Academic Readiness Screen, developed by Kenneth A. Lane, O.D. This instrument allows caregivers to identify possible impediments to a child’s ability to read. Based on the results, users are directed to packages of reading 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.

For teachers of the gifted and talented: A collection of novels about gifted and talented children

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.

2017-2018 Instructional Material Catalog

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