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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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Announcing New Math Courses

Posted on: 01/17/2019

Love Math or Hate Math We have a course for you. Does your child love math? Is he or she happy figuring out “If two trains left the station at the same time…”? Or does the mere suggestion of a word problem cause anxiety and muttering of “Who cares about stupid trains…”? Either way, we […]

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The Quest for Happiness: A Spring Course and a New Book

Posted on: 01/15/2019

Eastern Philosophy Course, Spring 2019 Ingrid Klass’s online course Eastern Philosophy: The Quest for Happiness features live discussions and is designed for children ages ten and older. Based on her book The Circle of Happiness, the purpose of the course is to provide a wide-ranging introduction to a variety of Eastern philosophies, specifically their approach to finding happiness. The […]

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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 the second volume of our Latin curriculum

Posted on: 10/12/2018

We are proud to announce the publication of the much-anticipated second volume of our Latin curriculum by Dr. Frances R. Spielhagen. This is an immersive program of learning. Children make meaning of the words by viewing them in the context of the story, which is richly illustrated with drawings by Christopher Tice and photographs of […]

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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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Learn with Royal Fireworks this Spring

Posted on: 01/04/2019

The new year is upon us, and it’s time to think back over your child’s 2018 educational experience. Did she learn as much as you had anticipated? Did he look forward to his classes? Was there excitement during the learning process? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you have options. The […]

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Eastern Philosophy: New Book, Spring Course

Posted on: 01/03/2019

Help your child begin the new year with a little more peace, mindfulness, and contentment. Royal Fireworks Press announces The Day the Thoughts Got Stuck, the new Eastern philosophy book by Ingrid Klass. Readers familiar with The Day the Thought Bubbles Got in the Way will recognize and remember our protagonist Rosa from that book, where she and her […]

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The Glories of Ancient Greece

Posted on: 12/19/2018

Much of the foundation of our modern world is based on the civilizations of ancient Greece, and at Royal Fireworks Press, we have included extensive information, including essays and photographs, on the culture, architecture, construction methods, government, and philosophy in the enhanced editions of our MCT language arts vocabulary texts. Now, due to the interest […]

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The Quest for Happiness

Posted on: 12/18/2018

Ingrid Klass’s online course “Eastern Philosophy: The Quest for Happiness” features live discussions and is designed for children ages ten and older. Based on her book The Circle of Happiness, the purpose of the course is to provide a wide-ranging introduction to Eastern philosophies, specifically their approach to finding happiness. The benefits of the course […]

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