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 Homeschool Package (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. The fall semester is in full swing! We’re offering a full array of courses in a variety of subject areas. It’s too late to get in on the action for this semester, but we’re accepting registrations for the spring semester. Check out the courses we already have lined up, but there will be more added as we get closer to January!

Congratulations to Our Award Winners! Michael Clay Thompson just keeps winning awards. Practical Homeschooling had awarded the MCT language arts curriculum with an i-Learn Award for best online instruction. Michael also recently won, for the fourth year out of the past five, Practical Homeschooling’s award for best language arts curriculum. In addition, Ingrid Klass’s Eastern philosophy novel The Circle of Happiness has won a gold Mom’s Choice Award honoring excellence, and her illustrated children’s book The Day the Thoughts Got Stuck is now an Academics’ Choice Award winner. We are proud to publish such useful, inspirational, and beautiful books!

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.

Congratulations to Our Award Winners! Michael Clay Thompson just keeps winning awards. Practical Homeschooling had awarded the MCT language arts curriculum with an i-Learn Award for best online instruction. Michael also recently won, for the fourth year out of the past five, Practical Homeschooling’s award for best language arts curriculum. In addition, Ingrid Klass’s Eastern philosophy novel The Circle of Happiness has won a gold Mom’s Choice Award honoring excellence, and her illustrated children’s book The Day the Thoughts Got Stuck is now an Academics’ Choice Award winner. We are proud to publish such useful, inspirational, and beautiful books!

 A Caution about Buying Used Copies of Royal Fireworks Press Books

New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEW: Meet the People Who Shaped Mathematics as We Know It Today! Robert Black’s newest book in the Mathematical Lives series, David Blackwell and the Deadliest Duel, is now available. David Blackwell was a brilliant African-American mathematician working before and during the Civil Rights era. Although his work was wide-ranging, much of it stemmed from his study of duels. If two people are given guns with one bullet in them and are told to draw and fire, is there any way to know who would emerge as the winner? Blackwell thought it was possible. Children (and adults!) will work their way through the solution with him in this fascinating biography.

NEW: A Book for Young Gifted Children. One of the most common characteristics of gifted people is their intense reactions to the world around them. These intensities, often known as overexcitabilities, can be especially difficult for children to understand and deal with. The Intenso Family Goes to a New School is a fun, illustrated story about quintuplet dragons, each of whom exhibits one of the overexcitabilities as they prepare for their first day of school in a new city. Gifted children will be able to identify with the characters and learn healthy ways of dealing with their intensities, which is an important step toward self-acceptance.

NEW EDITION: Annemarie Roeper’s Educating Children for Life. We’re pleased to offer a newly edited and updated version of a classic! Annemarie Roeper was an icon in the field of giftedness, in part because of her beliefs about the sacred Selves of children. Her book Educating Children for Life presents a thoughtful and insightful look at our educational systems and how we can improve them so that our children are able to become the best version of themselves possible. This book is timeless in its wisdom and advice for parents and educators everywhere!

NEW: ADVENTURES ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER, A SERIES OF BOOKS FOR CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA AND OTHER READING DISORDERS. We are extremely excited to announce the first four sets of books in our new history series, Adventures on the American Frontier. 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 all four of the series that are currently available: Cowboys and Cattle Drives, Mail Riders, Pioneer Show People, and Pirates and Privateers. More offerings will become available later in the year. These are series that parents will NOT want to miss!

NEW: Books for Young Children on Self-Regulation and Mindfulness. Our bodies are constantly sending us information through our senses, and young children may become overwhelmed by a deluge of incoming signals. However, they can learn to moderate their emotions by learning techniques of intentional sensing. The Secret Code of Senses teaches them how to cope with sensations that are unpleasant or overwhelming so that they can be happier and more at ease, no matter what’s going on around them. Similarly, when we’re upset, our breathing quickens, and our bodies react accordingly. Breath Magic, by the same authors, teaches children how to slow their breathing in order to learn some basic steps toward self-regulation and self-control. Five different breathing techniques will help children learn to calm themselves in stressful, angry, or frightening situations, setting them on their first step toward mindfulness.

NEW FOR CHILDREN WITH READING DISORDERS: We are excited to announce the Lennie Miller Dyslexia Series for children who struggle with dyslexia or other reading disorders. This set of seven books for children in middle and high school together comprise a novel titled Night of the Paranormal Patterns, an adaptation of the novel by the same name by author Robert Black as part of his Mathematical Nights series. The seven parts incorporate several special features—including a special dyslexia-friendly font, QR codes linking to audio of the books being read aloud, and optional flashcards for further study—that will make them a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any child who struggles with reading difficulties.

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.

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New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEW: Meet the People Who Shaped Mathematics as We Know It Today! Robert Black’s newest book in the Mathematical Lives series, David Blackwell and the Deadliest Duel, is now available. David Blackwell was a brilliant African-American mathematician working before and during the Civil Rights era. Although his work was wide-ranging, much of it stemmed from his study of duels. If two people are given guns with one bullet in them and are told to draw and fire, is there any way to know who would emerge as the winner? Blackwell thought it was possible. Children (and adults!) will work their way through the solution with him in this fascinating biography.

NEW: A Book for Young Gifted Children. One of the most common characteristics of gifted people is their intense reactions to the world around them. These intensities, often known as overexcitabilities, can be especially difficult for children to understand and deal with.The Intenso Family Goes to a New School is a fun, illustrated story about quintuplet dragons, each of whom exhibits one of the overexcitabilities as they prepare for their first day of school in a new city. Gifted children will be able to identify with the characters and learn healthy ways of dealing with their intensities, which is an important step toward self-acceptance.

NEW EDITION: Annemarie Roeper’s Educating Children for Life. We’re pleased to offer a newly edited and updated version of a classic! Annemarie Roeper was an icon in the field of giftedness, in part because of her beliefs about the sacred Selves of children. Her book Educating Children for Life presents a thoughtful and insightful look at our educational systems and how we can improve them so that our children are able to become the best version of themselves possible. This book is timeless in its wisdom and advice for parents and educators everywhere!

NEW: ADVENTURES ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER, A SERIES OF BOOKS FOR CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA AND OTHER READING DISORDERS. We are extremely excited to announce the first four sets of books in our new history series, Adventures on the American Frontier. 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 all four of the series that are currently available: Cowboys and Cattle Drives, Mail Riders, Pioneer Show People, and Pirates and Privateers. More offerings will become available later in the year. This is an interdisciplinary series that teachers will NOT want to miss!

NEW: Books for Young Children on Self-Regulation and Mindfulness. Our bodies are constantly sending us information through our senses, and young children may become overwhelmed by a deluge of incoming signals. However, they can learn to moderate their emotions by learning techniques of intentional sensing. The Secret Code of Senses teaches them how to cope with sensations that are unpleasant or overwhelming so that they can be happier and more at ease, no matter what’s going on around them. Similarly, when we’re upset, our breathing quickens, and our bodies react accordingly. Breath Magic, by the same authors, teaches children how to slow their breathing in order to learn some basic steps toward self-regulation and self-control. Five different breathing techniques will help children learn to calm themselves in stressful, angry, or frightening situations, setting them on their first step toward mindfulness.

NEW FOR STUDENTS WITH READING DISORDERS: We are excited to announce the Lennie Miller Dyslexia Series for children who struggle with dyslexia or other reading disorders. This set of seven books for students in middle and high school together comprise a novel titled Night of the Paranormal Patterns, an adaptation of the novel by the same name by author Robert Black as part of his Mathematical Nights series. The seven parts incorporate several special features—including a special dyslexia-friendly font, QR codes linking to audio of the books being read aloud, and optional flashcards for further study—that will make them a welcome addition to the reading materials of any student who struggles with reading difficulties.

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.

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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