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15 January 2022

Poodle Knows Poetry Wins Prestigious Award!

Michael Clay Thompson has done it again! The third installment of the Poodle series, “Poodle Knows Poetry,” has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products, and services by the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards.

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7 December 2021

MCT Level 1 now on Kindle!

Royal Fireworks Press is excited to announce that Level 1 of the MCT language arts curriculum is now available in digital form as a series of Kindle books! The Kindle books are recreations of the newest versions of the print books. We’re pleased to be able to offer eBooks to those parents and educators who need them.

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10 November 2021

Announcing the Newest Book by Michael Clay Thompson!

We’re thrilled to announce that the newest book by Michael Clay Thompson is now available! “Poodle Knows Poetry” is the third book in the Poodle series, Michael’s preliminary-level books for kids ages 6-9. Children who befriended Poodle the chicken in the first two books will be delighted to discover him again as he explains the fundamentals of poetic devices to his surprised (and ornery!) author.

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3 November 2021

Royal Fireworks Students Win Big in Writing Contest!

We are excited to announce that five of the students in our Online Learning Community creative writing courses won or placed in the international Saugus Halloween writing contest! These results are a combination of great students and a sound educational approach.

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18 May 2021

Coming Soon: The MCT Language Arts Curriculum on Kindle!

We’re producing the entire MCT curriculum as digital eBooks on the Kindle platform! And we won’t be stopping there. We’ll be converting many of our titles to eBooks to give you the option of using our print books, digital books, or any combination that works for you. This is part of a major digital overhaul that Royal Fireworks Press is undertaking that includes a brand new, redesigned website.

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10 March 2021

Another Award for a Michael Clay Thompson Book!

We didn’t need another award to tell us that Michael Clay Thompson’s books are extraordinary; we know it. Still, however, we don’t mind hearing other people say it. And now they have: Michael’s newest book, “Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster,” has just won a Gold Mom’s Choice Award for Excellence!

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news 11-7-18 & 11-4-20
4 November 2020

Four Royal Fireworks Students Earn National Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that four students in our Online Learning Community have won awards for their creative writing in a national Halloween Ghost Story contest! All four of the students took online creative writing courses with Myrna Kemnitz. This is the third consecutive year in which a significant number of the awards have gone to Myrna’s students.

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27 April 2020

Videos to Learn about the MCT Language Arts Curriculum

Schools and parents all over the world use the MCT language arts curriculum, but the curriculum is so comprehensive that it might be intimidating to those who are new to it. So we have put together two videos that explain what the curriculum is, how it works, and what the options are for using it and implementing it in practical, thoughtful ways.

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29 January 2020

Michael Clay Thompson Receives ANOTHER Award!

We’re proud to announce that Michael Clay Thompson’s latest book, “Poodle Knows What?,” has received a Mom’s Choice Gold Award honoring excellence! And we’re not surprised. This book is perhaps the most delightful way to teach young children grammar that has ever been produced!

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news 11-7-18 & 11-4-20
1 November 2019

Four Royal Fireworks Students Earn National Award

We’re thrilled to announce that four of the students in our Online Learning Community have won awards for their creative writing in a national Halloween Ghost Story contest! This is the second consecutive year in which a significant number of the awards have gone to online students of Myrna Kemnitz.

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26 July 2019

Another Honor for the MCT Language Arts Curriculum

The readers of “Practical Homeschooling” magazine have voted Michael Clay Thompson’s language arts curriculum the best for online instruction in 2019. These online courses truly are formative experiences for the children who have the opportunity to take them.

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news 11-7-18 & 11-4-20
7 November 2018

We Have a Winner!

Better yet, we have WINNERS! In this semester’s creative writing courses, the students were given an optional assignment to enter a national creative writing contest. We are proud to announce that our students received five of the possible nine awards.

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6 January 2017

A Letter to Michael Clay Thompson from Grateful Parents

“I have no doubt that every child would benefit from what you have to offer. For our particular child, though, this connection to the world of ideas…I do not mean to overstate it, but this has been a lifeline for her.” – parents of a child taking one of Michael’s courses in the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community

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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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