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22 July 2023

Ditch the traditional textbook for these creative alternatives!

We offer hundreds of books that pack the intellectual punch of a textbook while being as fun to read as a favorite book. With everything from picture books about Western philosophy to fascinating biographies that teach math concepts, you’re sure to find a book that will get your child learning in a whole new way!

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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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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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19 October 2021

Science Resources for the Next Generation of Leaders and Innovators

From the energy crisis in drought-stricken areas of the western U.S. that rely on hydroelectric power to the price of oil surging globally, energy is something that everyone should understand, and children are no exception. In fact, they’re the ones who will need to understand it best. We offer two great resources to help kids learn about energy.

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12 October 2021

Emotional Wellness Is Important for Kids, Too!

The month of October has been designated Emotional Wellness Month, and while many groups and organizations focus on how to help people achieve less stress in their lives and find balance between their work life and their home life, we want to make sure that children aren’t left out of consideration. We carry several books for developing self-awareness and mindfulness in young children.

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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

Why We Should We Teach Children about the Black Death

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world, in part by disrupting educational systems across the globe. But education is arguably the key to preventing future pandemics. We offer problem-based learning units that can help teach children how to problem solve issues of public health and safety—an invaluable tool both for themselves and for societies around the world.

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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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Fun science projects for kids
23 February 2019

A Review of “Amazing Ants: Simple Sidewalk Science”

“Not only does ‘Amazing Ants’ teach ant study, but it also teaches inquiry-based science in a way that both parents and science educators can easily implement. Far too many science texts and classes shy away from true inquiry-based learning, but this book doesn’t do that. And it is written to go directly into the hands of students.”

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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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