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A NOTE ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND PRODUCT DELIVERY

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 your 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.

The demand for our products has been high, and our printing and binding operations are running at full capacity to try to fulfill orders. In some instances, this can cause short-term back orders. We are currently shipping orders within a week of their placement, although we expect this situation to improve by the end of the first week in October. Note, too, that the current changes in postal delivery operations at the federal level has led to delays in some customers receiving their orders in the expected timeframe. Despite this problem, the U.S. Postal Priority Mail service is still the best option for home deliveries, and we continue to support its operation.

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.

We offer FREE SHIPPING on any domestic U.S. order that includes a Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum Homeschool Package (this offer does not apply to the Level 1 Basic 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. We’re in the throes of the fall semester, but we’re already looking ahead to spring. We’re offering a wider array of courses this year than ever before, with more to come as we finalize the details. There are courses in language arts, math, history, Spanish, creative writing, Western and Eastern philosophy, and more. These are 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.

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

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.

NEW EDITIONS of Some of the Books in the MCT Language Arts Curriculum! Michael Clay Thompson has added an audio feature to the vocabulary books Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II (Classical Education Editions only) and the grammar books The Magic Lens I, The Magic Lens II, and The Magic Lens III. Each of the books now contains several pages with QR codes. When scanned with a QR reader on a smartphone or tablet, the codes link to audio of Michael discussing important grammar concepts or reading poems or stories that he wrote using the vocabulary words in the book. There is also audio of Dr. Myriam Borges Thompson reading her Spanish translations of Michael’s poems and discussing the Iberian influence on the Roman world. The audio feature is a wonderful addition to these books, allowing children to hear from Michael himself!

NEW: A Book about Mindful Eating for Young Children. Most of us eat without paying much attention to what we’re eating or what our bodies are telling us as we eat. We’re distracted by the TV or our phones or even a good book. But mindful eating is part of learning how to listen to our bodies to help keep them healthy. Our newest book for young children, The Epic Journey of an Orange, teaches kids the extraordinary process an orange goes through to get from seed to table, enabling them to appreciate the effort involved. The book shows them how to slow down and focus on their food—how it tastes, how it feels, and how it makes them feel. Mindful eating is part of a healthy lifestyle, and it’s never to early to help our children achieve that.

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: Pioneer Traders. The six stories that make up this set follow the traders who tramped across the country, opening trading posts that often became the heart of a new settlement—and eventually a city that we recognize today. Their influence in opening up the country is more profound than many people understand, and this series tells some of their stories. 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. Check out the other sets of books that are currently available: Pirates and Privateers, Gold Rush Adventures, Mail Riders, Cowboys and Cattle Drives, Pioneers on the Early Waterways, Men on Iron Horses, and Pioneer Show People. 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!

View the Royal Fireworks Press homeschool catalog.

New at Royal Fireworks Press

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.

NEW EDITIONS of Some of the Books in the MCT Language Arts Curriculum! Michael Clay Thompson has added an audio feature to the vocabulary books Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II (Classical Education Editions only) and the grammar books The Magic Lens I, The Magic Lens II, and The Magic Lens III. Each of the books now contains several pages with QR codes. When scanned with a QR reader on a smartphone or tablet, the codes link to audio of Michael discussing important grammar concepts or reading poems or stories that he wrote using the vocabulary words in the book. There is also audio of Dr. Myriam Borges Thompson reading her Spanish translations of Michael’s poems and discussing the Iberian influence on the Roman world. The audio feature is a wonderful addition to these books, allowing students to hear from Michael himself!

NEW: A Book about Mindful Eating for Young Children. Most of us eat without paying much attention to what we’re eating or what our bodies are telling us as we eat. We’re distracted by the TV or our phones or even a good book. But mindful eating is part of learning how to listen to our bodies to help keep them healthy. Our newest book for young children, The Epic Journey of an Orange, teaches kids the extraordinary process an orange goes through to get from seed to table, enabling them to appreciate the effort involved. The book shows them how to slow down and focus on their food—how it tastes, how it feels, and how it makes them feel. Mindful eating is part of a healthy lifestyle, and it’s never to early to help our children achieve that.

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: Pioneer Traders. The six stories that make up this set follow the traders who tramped across the country, opening trading posts that often became the heart of a new settlement—and eventually a city that we recognize today. Their influence in opening up the country is more profound than many people understand, and this series tells some of their stories. 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. Check out the other sets of books that are currently available: Pirates and Privateers, Gold Rush Adventures, Mail Riders, Cowboys and Cattle Drives, Pioneers on the Early Waterways, Men on Iron Horses, and Pioneer Show People. 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!

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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