Homeschooling at the Highest Level

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. The Spring 2020 semester is in full swing, but we’re already looking ahead to the next semester and the next school year. You’ll find courses listed for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, and we’ll be putting up more as we get final confirmation of the dates and times from the instructors. Michael Clay Thompson is again offering all seven levels of his MCT language arts courses, but this time he’s added Level 8—an all-new offering for students at the most advanced levels of language instruction. There are courses in Spanish, creative writing, and history, with more to come. 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.

Congratulations to Michael Clay Thompson—AGAIN!  Michael Clay Thompson’s latest book, Poodle Knows What?, has just received a Mom’s Choice Award honoring excellence. The Mom’s Choice Awards program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. This comes on the heels of Practical Homeschooling‘s announcement that it 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, Royal Fireworks Press has been chosen as one of the 2020 Best Homeschool Curriculum and Resources Award winners by howtohomeschool.net. This award is for Royal Fireworks’ materials in general and includes our wide range of offerings in a variety of subjects. We are honored to achieve such accolades for the outstanding materials that we provide.

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 Michael Clay Thompson—AGAIN!  Michael Clay Thompson’s latest book, Poodle Knows What?, has just received a Mom’s Choice Award honoring excellence. The Mom’s Choice Awards program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. This comes on the heels of Practical Homeschooling‘s announcement that it 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. We are proud to publish such an amazing curriculum!

 A Caution about Buying Used Copies of Royal Fireworks Press Books

New at Royal Fireworks Press

TWO EXTRAORDINARY BOOKS REISSUED: We have just re-released two novels that are a part of our diverse collection of books designed to help people to find understanding and compassion for the circumstances of others—or that allow them to read about others like themselves, which is often rarer than it should be. We have reissued a freshly edited edition of Growing Up as a Greek-American, a wonderful collection of small stories about one immigrant family’s experience of bridging the cultural divide between their Greek heritage and their American home. The stories are warm and witty and portray the true immigrant experience from the perspective of someone who lived it authentically. We have also re-released a beautiful novel about a twelve-year-old boy who suffers permanent hearing loss. Goodbye, Tchaikovsky chronicles the journey of David as he learns, often painfully, how to navigate a world that does not understand his disability, ultimately finding his footing and learning that life can be richly rewarding in ways that he had not anticipated.

NEW Problem-Based Learning Unit: Our newest PBL unit is now available, and it couldn’t be more timely. The Great Debates puts students into the role of media consultants for then-Vice President Nixon as he struggled with his image among voters after the first-ever televised presidential debate during the 1960 election. Kennedy was quickly mastering use of the new medium, and Nixon needed to improve his strategy. Students study the candidates and various aspects of media messaging as they work through the problem, ultimately tying what they learn to the role of the media platforms available to candidates today. Along the way, they learn the true meaning of democracy’s dependence on informed participation.

NEW EDITIONS: We have always enjoyed the novels The Key to Honor and The Price of Command by Ron Wanttaja—two books about a twelve-year-old boy’s struggle to understand what leadership and honor truly entail as he helps to crew a naval ship during the War of 1812. They are excellent examples of historical fiction for children ages 12 and up (and, we would argue, for adults as well. We love a well-told yarn as much as anyone). Now these books have been freshly edited and revised for 2020, with new covers and better, more accurate images inside for anyone curious about wooden sailing ships, naval watches, and more.

NEW: The Essential Guidebook for Parents of Gifted Children is designed to offer a concise yet thorough introduction to giftedness for parents new to the subject; however, it will also be a valuable resource to those knowledgeable about the topic, in part because it presents some concepts and ideas in ways that have never been explored and explained before. Although the book is primarily for parents, it will be of great interest to teachers, administrators, counselors, and gifted experts because of the new ground it breaks. It is a worthy addition to the literature on giftedness that should not be missed by anyone who parents or works with gifted children.

NEW BOOK BY MICHAEL CLAY THOMPSON! We are thrilled to announce the publication of Michael Clay Thompson’s newest book! It is an introductory grammar book for young children that starts them off even before they are ready to begin Level 1, teaching them the eight parts of speech in a way that grammar has never been taught before. Poodle Knows What? is everything we love about Michael: warm, witty, and exuding a love of language. It is an illustrated story brimming with rhymes and sound repetitions, trotting along on a fun meter that pushes the characters along as they learn about words. And every spread of two pages contains a QR code of Michael reading the text so that children can hear just how the words sound. Children will LOVE this book, even if they have progressed beyond Level 1!

NEW: A New Set of Books in the Adventures on the American Frontier Dyslexia Series, A Series of Books for Children with Dyslexia and Other Reading Disorders. We are excited to announce the newest set of books in our American history series. Men on Iron Horses chronicles the invention of the locomotive and the development of the railroad in America. 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 four sets of books that are currently available: Pirates and Privateers, Mail Riders, Cowboys and Cattle Drives, and Pioneer Show People. There are several 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!

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.

View the Royal Fireworks Press homeschool catalog.

New at Royal Fireworks Press

TWO EXTRAORDINARY BOOKS REISSUED: We have just re-released two novels that are a part of our diverse collection of books designed to help people to find understanding and compassion for the circumstances of others—or that allow them to read about others like themselves, which is often rarer than it should be. We have reissued a freshly edited edition of Growing Up as a Greek-American, a wonderful collection of small stories about one immigrant family’s experience of bridging the cultural divide between their Greek heritage and their American home. The stories are warm and witty and portray the true immigrant experience from the perspective of someone who lived it authentically. We have also re-released a beautiful novel about a twelve-year-old boy who suffers permanent hearing loss. Goodbye, Tchaikovsky chronicles the journey of David as he learns, often painfully, how to navigate a world that does not understand his disability, ultimately finding his footing and learning that life can be richly rewarding in ways that he had not anticipated.

NEW Problem-Based Learning Unit: Our newest PBL unit is now available, and it couldn’t be more timely. The Great Debates puts students into the role of media consultants for then-Vice President Nixon as he struggled with his image among voters after the first-ever televised presidential debate during the 1960 election. Kennedy was quickly mastering use of the new medium, and Nixon needed to improve his strategy. Students study the candidates and various aspects of media messaging as they work through the problem, ultimately tying what they learn to the role of the media platforms available to candidates today. Along the way, they learn the true meaning of democracy’s dependence on informed participation.

NEW EDITIONS: We have always enjoyed the novels The Key to Honor and The Price of Command by Ron Wanttaja—two books about a twelve-year-old boy’s struggle to understand what leadership and honor truly entail as he helps to crew a naval ship during the War of 1812. They are excellent examples of historical fiction for children in grades 7 and up (and, we would argue, for adults as well. We love a well-told yarn as much as anyone). Now these books have been freshly edited and revised for 2020, with new covers and better, more accurate images inside for anyone curious about wooden sailing ships, naval watches, and more.

NEW: The Essential Guidebook for Parents of Gifted Children is designed to offer a concise yet thorough introduction to giftedness for people new to the subject; however, it will also be a valuable resource to those knowledgeable about the topic, in part because it presents some concepts and ideas in ways that have never been explored and explained before. Although the book is primarily for parents, it will be of great interest to teachers, administrators, counselors, and gifted experts because of the new ground it breaks. It is a worthy addition to the literature on giftedness that should not be missed by anyone who parents or works with gifted children.

NEW BOOK BY MICHAEL CLAY THOMPSON! We are thrilled to announce the publication of Michael Clay Thompson’s newest book! It is an introductory grammar book for young children as young as first grade, teaching them the eight parts of speech in a way that grammar has never been taught before. Poodle Knows What? is everything we love about Michael: warm, witty, and exuding a love of language. It is an illustrated story brimming with rhymes and sound repetitions, trotting along on a fun meter that pushes the characters along as they learn about words. And every spread of two pages contains a QR code of Michael reading the text so that students can hear just how the words sound. Children will LOVE this book, even if they have progressed beyond Level 1!

NEW: A New Set of Books in the Adventures on the American Frontier Dyslexia Series, A Series of Books for Children with Dyslexia and Other Reading Disorders. We are excited to announce the newest set of books in our American history series. Men on Iron Horses chronicles the invention of the locomotive and the development of the railroad in America. 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 four sets of books that are currently available: Pirates and Privateers, Mail Riders, Cowboys and Cattle Drives, and Pioneer Show People. There are several 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. This is an interdisciplinary series that teachers will NOT want to miss!

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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