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Spanish Language Courses at the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community

Posted on: 07/08/2019

At the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community, we offer exceptional learning opportunities guided by outstanding experts. For Spanish language and culture, we are lucky to have in Dr. Myriam Borges Thompson both an extraordinary scholar and an engaging instructor. Beginning July 9th, Dr. Thompson is offering two short, four-week summer courses for children to enhance […]

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New Set of Dyslexia-Friendly Books Now Available: Mail Riders

Posted on: 06/27/2019

Royal Fireworks Press is excited to announce the release of the Mail Riders Dyslexia Series, the fourth set of dyslexia-friendly books in our collection of books about the history of America: Adventures on the American Frontier. Mail Riders joins Cowboys and Cattle Drives, Pioneer Show People, and Pirates and Privateers—sets of books that are all […]

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A New Book to Help Young Children Understand Themselves

Posted on: 06/07/2019

Royal Fireworks Press is proud to announce the publication of our newest book to help young children gain perspective, self-awareness, and self-control: The Secret Code of Senses. The Secret Code of Senses teaches children methods of intentional sensing—the act of deliberately concentrating on a sense in order to redirect the mind away from distractions or […]

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Online Courses that Explore the Built Environment

Posted on: 06/03/2019

We educate our children to a high level in language arts so that they do not make simple errors of grammar or vocabulary. But many of us are complacent about sending our children into the world not knowing the grammar and vocabulary of the built environment. There are people who can walk down the street […]

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A New Series of Books about Pirates!

Posted on: 05/23/2019

Royal Fireworks Press announces the publication of its newest series of books for children with dyslexia and other reading disorders: Pirates and Privateers. The six books that make up the series tell the tales of some of the most notorious pirates to sail the seas around the East Coast of America and the Caribbean, as […]

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Royal Fireworks Online Courses

Posted on: 05/21/2019

At Royal Fireworks, one of our concerns is to introduce your children to the great figures in our cultural history. We have long held the position that the classics provide an enrichment for children that is not found in popular contemporary fare and that understanding our intellectual tradition and the important figures in it is […]

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Mathematicians Are People, Too!

Posted on: 05/16/2019

by Robert Black, author of the Mathematical Lives series of books One was the only legitimate child of a notorious poet, taught the rigors of math so she wouldn’t follow in her father’s footsteps. One was a career government official who only studied math as his hobby. And one became a celebrity by carrying a […]

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A Cure for the Summer Blahs

Posted on: 05/10/2019

Most bright and inquisitive children enjoy learning, especially if it’s something new. Summer break is always an exciting time for kids, but for those with a drive to soak up new knowledge, the long days of summer can quickly descend into the summer blahs. The Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community has the cure! This summer we […]

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Summer Is for Writing

Posted on: 05/08/2019

The Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community is offering new writing courses this summer, including Michael Clay Thompson’s The Art of the Essay and actor and screenwriter Tom Kemnitz, Jr.’s Introduction to Screenwriting. Also available are Myrna Kemnitz’s creative writing courses. The Art of the Essay provides an excellent opportunity for students to work on their […]

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Academics’ Choice Award Winner!

Posted on: 05/02/2019

We are proud to announce that The Day the Thoughts Got Stuck has received an Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award. The Day the Thoughts Got Stuck is the second book in Ingrid Klass’s series about thinking for young children. In it, readers meet Rosa, a young girl who is unhappy with her birthday gift. Three […]

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Announcing a New Latin Graphic Novel and a Latin Online Course

Posted on: 05/01/2019

Royal Fireworks Press has published its first curriculum component as a graphic novel! It is designed to appeal to middle-grade students. The content is our immersion Latin curriculum by Dr. Frances Spielhagen. The first two years of the curriculum introduce Latin vocabulary and grammar in a natural progression. The process is so easy and readily […]

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A New Book to Teach Young Children Mindful Breathing

Posted on: 04/23/2019

Breath Magic We are proud to announce the publication of Breath Magic by Jordan Novak and Cody Rounds. This book was created to help young children become more self-aware and to teach them how to take control of their emotions and their bodies. Breath Magic introduces children to their breathing and encourages them to change their breathing […]

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From Stress to Success

Posted on: 04/16/2019

Royal Fireworks Press announces a new book about stress in gifted children. Almost everyone experiences stress, with the fast pace of society and technology and the onslaught of the 24-hour news cycle that leaves most of us feeling bad. But gifted kids have special stressors that most people don’t think about, often because they don’t know […]

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The Circle of Happiness Receives Mom’s Choice Award

Posted on: 04/05/2019

The Circle of Happiness by Ingrid Klass has been given a gold Mom’s Choice Award. The special emphasis on this award is for “items that help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually; are morally sound and promote good will; and are inspirational and uplifting.” Beautifully illustrated, the book introduces preteens and teens to the fundamentals […]

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A Special Reading and Math Pack for Children with Dyslexia

Posted on: 03/01/2019

Night of the Paranormal Patterns A seven-book set printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font As part of our ongoing efforts to help meet the needs of children with dyslexia, we are pleased to introduce our Night of the Paranormal Patterns Dyslexia Pack. The pack is based on the premise that although dyslexic children struggle to […]

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Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Diagrams

Posted on: 02/11/2019

Royal Fireworks Press is proud to announce Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Diagrams, the second biography in the Mathematical Lives series. Written by Robert Black, with whom many readers are familiar from his Mathematical Nights novels, the book delves into the mathematical life of Florence Nightingale. Known for her revolutionary impact on medicine, Florence Nightingale transformed […]

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NEW! Logic-Math Exercises for Elementary-Age Children

Posted on: 01/29/2019

Logic-Math Exercises for Elementary-Age Children brings the popular Logic-Math series to a more advanced level, with exercises designed for children in grades 3-4. The math concepts in this book include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percent, graphs, geometry, volume, money, time, and more, all as a means of mastering critical-thinking skills rather than as computational challenges. The […]

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A New Novel about the Irish Potato Famine

Posted on: 01/25/2019

A Thousand Tears by Paul Sullivan The Great Famine that ravaged Ireland in the years 1845-1849 killed about a million people and caused about a million more to flee the country in search of a better life. It was a time of mass starvation and disease, and it had deep political, cultural, demographic, and social […]

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Flashcards for Caesar’s English

Posted on: 01/21/2019

  In response to many requests, we have produced 4×6-inch flashcards of the Latin stems and English vocabulary words that appear in Michael Clay Thompson’s Caesar’s English books. Both sets of flashcards are printed on durable card stock. They have the word or stem printed on the front and the definition on the back. The large, black type is […]

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Learning Options for the MCT LA Curriculum

Posted on: 01/07/2019

The Royal Fireworks Press language arts curriculum by Michael Clay Thompson has two goals: to ensure that the individual student who completes it is proficient in the language arts at a level that will carry him or her through life, and to inspire a lifelong love of the English language and its literature. The education […]

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We Have a Winner!

Posted on: 11/07/2018

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. First place in the high school division was awarded to Kimberly for her story The Ghost […]

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Why Take an Online Course from Royal Fireworks Press?

Posted on: 11/07/2018

Because there is no better way of learning language arts than from the master himself. Michael Clay Thompson has been teaching his language arts curriculum online for Royal Fireworks Press for the last few years. Students receive more than just the information in the textbooks; they receive Michael’s professional instruction and personalized feedback. Here is a recent comment […]

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Books for Dyslexic Children

Posted on: 10/24/2018

At Royal Fireworks Press, we love books, and we strive to produce beautiful books that will help children love books as much as we do. However, it is much harder to love books when you struggle with a reading disorder. So we are reaching out to those kids who may have trouble loving to read by […]

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Announcing First Book in Our New Mathematical Lives Series

Posted on: 09/26/2018

We are proud to announce Pascal and Fermat: The Probability Pen Pals, the first novel in our new Mathematical Lives series. Written by Robert Black, with whom many readers are familiar from his Mathematical Nights novels, the book delves into the lives of mathematicians Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat as they joined forces to formulate the foundation […]

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Doing four-level grammar analysis is like practicing your piano

Posted on: 10/09/2017

Why do students have to keep doing four-level analyses in every level of the MCT curriculum, in the grammar and practice and writing books, once they know how to do it? If a student has already done level one or two, is it not better to skip the practice book or the four-levels in the writing book? This is a good question. Why should a student have to keep doing it? Am I not opposed to students having to prove and prove and prove that they know something? Yes, I am opposed to that, but this is different. Four-level analysis is different…Four-level analysis is in part a logic of sentence construction. With each example you see more clearly how and why to make a verb agree with its subject, how to structure a good introductory participial phrase, how to punctuate a complex sentence, how to edit out junky modifiers, how to do the ten thousand things that writers want to do.

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Giftedness Is Not Something You Outgrow

Posted on: 06/27/2016

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 […]

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Author Blog by Sharon Kaye: The Importance of Philosophy

Posted on: 05/11/2016

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 […]

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The Interdisciplinary Concept of the Vocabulary Program by Michael Clay Thompson

Posted on: 04/29/2016

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.

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Weekend Sale: New Royal Fireworks Books for Children with Dyslexia

Posted on: 05/04/2019

Royal Fireworks Press is producing a wide variety of materials for children with dyslexia and other visual processing problems. New this week are the first books in a series of illustrated stories about some of the people who made a difference in the shaping of America, many of whom never get mentioned in traditional history […]

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