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 still accepting registrations for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. 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! DUE TO THE COVID-19 DELTA VARIANT AND THE SUBSEQUENT SHIFT IN IN-PERSON SCHOOL ENROLLMENT, WE HAVE EXTENDED THE REGISTRATION DATE FOR SOME OF OUR COURSES AND DELAYED THE START DATES FOR THOSE COURSES. THE PRICES FOR THOSE COURSES HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO REFLECT THE SHORTENED SEMESTER.

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

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NEWLY REVISED MATHEMATICAL REASONING BOOKS FOR KIDS: The Problemoids mathematical reasoning workbooks and instructor manuals for children in grades 4, 5, and 6 have just been published in newly revised editions, which are enormously improved over the first editions, and we are excited to share them! These books offer children of a variety of ability levels the opportunity to learn several problem-solving strategies that will help them solve interesting, challenging, and sometimes tricky math and logic problems. Those same strategies can be applied to other areas of learning and life, making this a true problem-solving program!

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.

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!

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 FINAL TWO SETS of Books in the Adventures on the American Frontier Dyslexia Series Are Available! The last two set of books in our American history series have just been published, rounding out the complete collection: Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Brave Men of Early Texas. These two series take readers from the East Coast of the New World over the Blue Ridge Mountains and into the Ohio Valley and Kentucky, and from the Gulf Coast into Texas, all in the early days of European settlement, not just before the country was settled but even before it was understood to be the vast land mass that so clearly turned out to be. 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 thirteen other sets of books available, each exploring a different subject within the complex history of the United States of America. Click here to view those series. There are also standard-font editions of these books, offered as biographical novels. These are series that parents will NOT want to miss!

NEW: LAST TWO ADVENTURES ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER NOVELS NOW AVAILABLE! 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 final two books in the collection are now available: Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Brave Men of Early Texas. And don’t miss the other books in the series!

View the Royal Fireworks Press homeschool catalog.

New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEWLY REVISED MATHEMATICAL REASONING BOOKS FOR KIDS: The Problemoids mathematical reasoning workbooks and instructor manuals for children in grades 4, 5, and 6 have just been published in newly revised editions, which are enormously improved over the first editions, and we are excited to share them! These books offer children of a variety of ability levels the opportunity to learn several problem-solving strategies that will help them solve interesting, challenging, and sometimes tricky math and logic problems. Those same strategies can be applied to other areas of learning and life, making this a true problem-solving program!

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.

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!

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 FINAL TWO SETS of Books in the Adventures on the American Frontier Dyslexia Series Are Available! The last two set of books in our American history series have just been published, rounding out the complete collection: Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Brave Men of Early Texas. These two series take readers from the East Coast of the New World over the Blue Ridge Mountains and into the Ohio Valley and Kentucky, and from the Gulf Coast into Texas, all in the early days of European settlement, not just before the country was settled but even before it was understood to be the vast land mass that so clearly turned out to be. 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 thirteen other sets of books 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: LAST TWO ADVENTURES ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER NOVELS NOW AVAILABLE! 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 final two books in the collection are now available: Westward Over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Brave Men of Early Texas. And 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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