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29 July 2022

Michael Clay Thompson Discusses the Poodle Books in a Helpful New Video

Sometimes we get questions about the best way to use Michael Clay Thompson’s Poodle books, so we’ve produced a new video of Michael discussing his intent for the entire Poodle project and his recommendations for the most effective way of implementing the books with children.

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19 July 2022

New (more affordable) options for learning with MCT online!

Our new audit options create opportunities for families looking for flexible, economic alternatives to live enrollment in the MCT language arts courses in our Online Learning Community. Check them out today!

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21 April 2022

Why Is My Gifted Child Bringing Home F’s?

It can be frustrating to adults when gifted children, who have so much talent and ability, underachieve academically. One reason is a fear of failure, and this book excerpt from “The Essential Guidebook for Parents of Gifted Children” explains why this perplexing and discouraging phenomenon can happen—and, more importantly, how to change it.

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29 March 2022

Arts and Architecture Courses for Kids

We know how critical creativity is to children’s overall well-being, as well as what it can add to their educational experience. That’s why we offer both online courses and a creative curriculum for families who want to inject a little more inspiration into their children’s lives.

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Different Approaches to Math
25 March 2022

Different Approaches to Math for Different Kids

We believe that any lesson can be enjoyable if it’s served up in the right package. That’s why we offer so many different approaches to math. From picture books to novels to online courses, every child can find a way to fall in love with math.

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29 September 2021

An Interdisciplinary—and Very Human—Approach to Math

Animated movies. Computer games. Smartphone technology. All of these things have in common fractals, which Benoit Mandlebrot opened up for us. Children who learn how this man bested the odds to discover something that has altered the world as we know it today will be welcomed into the subject of math in a way that a worksheet of problems can never do.

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20 September 2021

An Arts Curriculum for Kids!

We’ve fielded many inquiries lately about instructing children in the arts, which includes the visual arts, music, dance, and drama. Artistic Ways of Knowing, by Joanne Haroutounian, Ph.D., is a comprehensive curriculum for teachers and homeschool co-op instructors who want to offer arts experiences to children of all ages and grades, ability levels, and backgrounds.

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6 May 2021

The Legacy of Asa Briggs

“What I came to grasp as my years studying under Asa Briggs went by was how much more than excellence in the writing of history he had to impart. Much of his thinking is reflected in the books that Royal Fireworks produces—books that expect students to expand their horizons.” – Dr. T.M. Kemnitz

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12 March 2020

Should We Teach Children about the Black Death Now?

Fears about the coronavirus have swept the world, and children are not immune to feelings of stress and anxiety associated with it. Of course we should teach our children ways to avoid infection, and we should do what we can to help them stay healthy and safe, but we can also help them by teaching them how to problem solve when it comes to issues of public health and safety.

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16 May 2019

Mathematicians Are People, Too

“The stories of these mathematical pioneers show that math is done by real people who lived real lives. They didn’t start out knowing everything. They had to study and learn, making both discoveries and mistakes along the way. By following the paths they took, readers can uncover the human side of mathematics.” – Robert Black

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15 October 2016

Doing Four-Level Grammar Analysis Is Like Practicing the Piano

“Why do students have to keep doing four-level analyses in every level of the MCT curriculum once they know how to do it? This is a good question. But four-level analysis is different because it is an expansive inquiry into language; it is investigating something that is not concrete or simple but that is essentially bottomless.” – Michael Clay Thompson

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30 September 2016

The Interdisciplinary Concept of the MCT Vocabulary Program

“My central concept for ‘The Word Within the Word’ is that it is a profoundly interdisciplinary vocabulary curriculum, interweaving the vocabulary of science, mathematics, history, literature, art, and more into a great vocabulary fabric that will make students better in every subject and prepare them for the future like no other curriculum ever has.” – Michael Clay Thompson

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1 September 2016

Transforming Gifted Education from a Dream to a Goal

“From time to time, it is healthy for us, as educators devoted to optimizing differentiated education for gifted children, to reexamine our most fundamental assumptions. The assumption I would like to discuss can be expressed in a question: Is gifted education a dream or a goal?” – Michael Clay Thompson

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11 May 2016

The Importance of Philosophy

“I want philosophy to be a lifelong friend for my children—and for all of their friends, and for all of their friends’ friends, and for the whole next generation. As they venture into civilization, philosophy will be their defense against me and all of the teachers, role models, bosses, and societal influences who, well-meaning or not, give too many suggestions and with too heavy a hand.” – Dr. Sharon Kaye

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