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 – Fall 2018. There’s still time to enroll in our fall session, which began on August 13th. Michael Clay Thompson is teaching his complete language arts program, Levels 1-6, which will provide a full course of instruction to students in grammar, vocabulary, writing, poetics, and literature. There are also courses in Spanish studies, creative writing for students from elementary through high school, and Eastern philosophy for kids with author Ingrid Klass. Francis Wickham is teaching another architecture course, and we are offering a course in beginning Latin. In addition, there are classes for adults; Michael Clay Thompson’s Grammar for Grownups and Myriam Thompson’s Spanish Salsa will allow parents to learn alongside their children. For more information and to see what is being offered, go to rfolc.com.

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.

 A Caution about Buying Used Copies of Royal Fireworks Press Books

New at Royal Fireworks Press

NEW: One School, Many Paths to Success. Patti McKinnell, founder of The Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver, Colorado, presents the philosophy and educational program of her remarkable school for gifted and creative students. Parents and homeschooling families will learn, not just about the school, but about programs and methodologies that appeal to many children on fundamental levels so that they are excited and engaged in their learning. 

NEW EDITIONS: We are excited to announce new editions of the popular Dr. Dave Science Teaching Manuals, a series of seven books for instructors of elementary- and middle school-age children on a variety of science topics: Our Solar System, Oceans, The Digestive System, Electricity, Phases of Matter, Chemistry, and The Cell. Each book has been completely revised, revamped, and redesigned, with new graphics and updates to the explanations, demonstrations, and experiments. They also include new downloadable worksheets and images for projection for visual learners. The Dr. Dave Science Teaching Manuals are excellent resources to excite children in the study of science! 

NEW: Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children and More Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children. These books offer a variety of activities for children from four to seven years old and meet a need for high-level logic materials for young children. The challenges posed include organizing information, sequencing, detecting patterns, understanding relationships, inferring, solving analogies, and making deductions. Many of the lessons are pictorial, with simple instructions that can be read to children so that children who cannot yet read can participate in developing their thinking and math skills.

NEW: Eastern Philosophy Book for Young Children. The Day the Thought Bubbles Got in the Way is a gorgeous, full-color picture book that introduces children as young as four years old to one of the foundational principles of Buddhist philosophy: that when you are caught up thinking about the past or the future, your thoughts are getting in the way of making you happy right now. This concept is introduced and explained by characters Rosa and Kevin in a fun, rhyming narrative. Additional pages in the back provide background content and discussion questions.

NEW: The Cheetah Stories. This series of five picture books for young gifted children is designed to help them understand and appreciate the various intensities that often come with being gifted. Each volume focuses on a characteristic that typically distinguishes gifted children from their peers and illustrates how these characteristics can be strengths rather than problems.

NEW: Awesum Alex Math BooksFor children struggling with math—and for those who are not—the Awesum Alex books show children how to add and how to subtract, but probably not in the ways that they are used to seeing. The authors have taken a non-traditional approach to math instruction, but it is one based on logic, presenting children with the “why” of mathematics instead of just the “how” so that the lessons become meaningful and memorable.

NEW: Amazing Ants. This text guides children through the process of developing a series of experiments with ants—one of the easiest live animals to acquire and use in a scientific setting. His instructions and explanations enable readers to understand the procedures that are the basis of the scientific method.

NEW EDITIONS: What To Do. The three books that make up the What To Do series have been updated, most particularly the third book, for pre-teens and young teens. Each book provides several real-world problems and asks children to think critically and creatively to formulate solutions. Critical thinking skills are in increasing demand in our society, and these books will help children to develop this valuable skill.

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.

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: One School, Many Paths to Success. Patti McKinnell, founder of The Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver, Colorado, presents the philosophy and educational program of her remarkable school for gifted and creative students. Teachers and school administrators will learn, not just about the school, but about programs and methodologies that appeal to many children on fundamental levels so that they are excited and engaged in their learning. 

NEW EDITIONS: We are excited to announce new editions of the popular Dr. Dave Science Teaching Manuals, a series of seven books for instructors of elementary and middle school students on a variety of science topics: Our Solar System, Oceans, The Digestive System, Electricity, Phases of Matter, Chemistry, and The Cell. Each book has been completely revised, revamped, and redesigned, with new graphics and updates to the explanations, demonstrations, and experiments. They also include new downloadable worksheets and images for projection for visual learners. The Dr. Dave Science Teaching Manuals are excellent resources to excite children in the study of science!

NEW: Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children and More Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children. These books offer a variety of activities for children from four to seven years old and meet a need for high-level logic materials for young children. The challenges posed include organizing information, sequencing, detecting patterns, understanding relationships, inferring, solving analogies, and making deductions. Many of the lessons are pictorial, with simple instructions that can be read to children so that children who cannot yet read can participate in developing their thinking and math skills.

NEW: Eastern Philosophy Book for Young Children. The Day the Thought Bubbles Got in the Way is a gorgeous, full-color picture book that introduces children from Pre-K to grade 3 to one of the foundational principles of Buddhist philosophy: that when you are caught up thinking about the past or the future, your thoughts are getting in the way of making you happy right now. This concept is introduced and explained by characters Rosa and Kevin in a fun, rhyming narrative. Additional pages in the back provide background content and discussion questions.

NEW: The Cheetah Stories. This series of five picture books for young gifted children is designed to help them understand and appreciate the various intensities that often come with being gifted. Each volume focuses on a characteristic that typically distinguishes gifted children from their peers and illustrates how these characteristics can be strengths rather than problems.

NEW: Awesum Alex Math BooksFor children struggling with math—and for those who are not—the Awesum Alex books show children how to add and how to subtract, but probably not in the ways that they are used to seeing. The authors have taken a non-traditional approach to math instruction, but it is one based on logic, presenting children with the “why” of mathematics instead of just the “how” so that the lessons become meaningful and memorable.

NEW: Amazing Ants. This text guides students through the process of developing a series of experiments with ants—one of the easiest live animals to acquire and use in a scientific setting. His instructions and explanations enable readers to understand the procedures that are the basis of the scientific method.

NEW EDITIONS: What To Do. The three books that make up the What To Do series have been updated, most particularly the third book, for pre-teens and young teens. Each book provides several real-world problems and asks children to think critically and creatively to formulate solutions. Critical thinking skills are in increasing demand in our society, and these books will help children to develop this valuable skill.

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.

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.

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.

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