Royal Fireworks Press News & Blog
Michael Clay Thompson is expanding his online courses beginning in the new year, with new offerings of the Alice, Peter, and Mole Trilogy, Grammar Island, and The Word Within the Word, Volume I, in addition to the writing assessments. Fourteen online courses are now available for students who are following his language arts curriculum.
Michael has completed two semesters of online courses. He says they have been fun, and he has been pleased with the “excellent writing and the insightful comments about literature that the students have made.”
This autumn Michael Clay Thompson is offering three new online literature courses, as well as continuing the writing assessment programs for Essay Voyage and Advanced Academic Writing. LITERATURE TRILOGIES The literature courses are for the Mud, Search, and Shadow trilogies. In each case children will get the benefit of Michael’s guidance through the novels. And […]
by Stephanie S. Tolan, author of Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness As 2015 drew to a close, I received a newsletter from a rare charter school for the highly gifted that included a letter of gratitude from the parents of a recent graduate. He had found in that school peers, friends, and a “place […]
Philosophy is the story of brave thinkers who can change the world. Here’s a question for you: What is your touchstone book? The book that changed your life. The book that made you realize who you are and what you stand for. You may not have fully realized it when you read it, but, looking […]
New: Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum We are proud and excited to announce the first book in our new philosophy curriculum: Question Mark. It is everything we look for in a curriculum book for children: enjoyable, brilliantly creative, innovative, gorgeously illustrated, engaging, and intellectually uplifting. It is an awesome introduction to academic philosophy for young children. […]
With the publication of the final book in the Classic Literature series, the seven levels of the widely-acclaimed Royal Fireworks Press Language Arts Curriculum by Michael Clay Thompson are now complete.
Each level of the MCT curriculum contains five strands: grammar, vocabulary, poetics, writing, and practice books, all coordinated with classic literature. The newly finished fourth level is intended to prepare students for serious study of the classics of English and American literature
Royal Fireworks recently announced a new revision of my Word Within the Word, Volume Three. The revision contains rigorous supplementary content by Dr. Tom Kemnitz that provides background for the development of English vocabulary, and this is made more rich by the inclusion of beautiful photographs that he took of ancient ruins and artifacts. In terms of implementation, the way to understand the new supplemental texts and photographs is that they profoundly enrich the background of English vocabulary, without affecting the interdisciplinary focus of the curriculum itself.
Yesterday, April 21, is the date when the ancient Romans celebrated the founding of Rome. What better way to celebrate than with the publication of the revised edition of The Word Within the Word III and, with it, the completion of this phase of the revision of the language arts curriculum by Michael Clay Thompson. […]
Our thanks to the family for this letter and for permission to publish it with the names changed. Dear Michael, I wanted to take a moment to tell you how grateful Hazel’s father and I are to you for being such a wonderful teacher to our daughter last semester. Your Mud Trilogy, which she read […]
Online Courses Taught by Michael Clay Thompson This autumn Michael Clay Thompson is offering three new online literature courses, as well as continuing the writing assessment programs for Essay Voyage and Advanced Academic Writing. These are courses, not classes; the students will be able to access the material from MCT on their own schedule. LITERATURE […]
Author, Robert Black reflects on his inspiration for math in fiction. Whenever I give a presentation on my Mathematical Nights books, there’s one name I always mention – Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Mathematical Lecturer at Oxford University during much of the Victorian era. You may know him better by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. From the […]
Meet us at the following conferences and conventions: 2016 October 16th – 18th Ohio Association for Gifted Children, Columbus, OH November 3rd – 6th NAGC Annual Convention, Orlando, FL 17th -18th Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, Harrisburg, PA December 6th – 7th South Carolina Gifted Conference, Columbia SC 11th – 13th Indiana […]
Special pre-publication price, and other animal stories on sale. My Twice-Exceptional Murphy is a special book that works at many different levels. It is the story of the life of a dog. It is a deeply affecting animal story about a dog mom and her pet. It is the story of an individual’s descent into terror […]
Writing Assessments and Special Presentations with Michael Clay Thompson Many parents would love to have support correcting and assessing their children’s papers. Now we are offering an extraordinary solution: Michael Clay Thompson will personally assess and correct your children’s papers. Also, teachers have asked for an additional resource that they can offer parents who are […]