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This online course is an introduction to architecture and its history, with a survey of architectural styles from the ancient world to the present day. Originally offered as a mini-course, this fall it has been expanded to a full semester. See Architecture: A Beginner’s Guide for the course description. Architecture surrounds us, and yet we fail to teach our children about it—how […]
Our introductory course in interior design has been expanded to ten weeks for the upcoming fall semester. In this course, students will explore the basics of interior design. They will examine design styles and historic interiors through the ages, from classical to contemporary. They will be introduced to the principles and elements of interior design and […]
A New Leadership Course This Fall Is your child the next Mark Zuckerberg? It’s not just paper routes and babysitting anymore! Check out our new leadership course “A Jump-Start to Entrepreneurship.” In this course young innovators learn about all phases of entrepreneurship—valuable knowledge, even if they never launch their own business venture. The benefits of […]
Eastern Philosophy Course, Fall 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. […]
A special eight-week introductory course in interior design begins Monday, June 4th, with Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community. Interior design is not only an important field in and of itself, but it should be a focus for kids who are interested in a career in architecture. The history of interior design is dotted with the […]
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.
The Eyes of the Enemy is both a war story and a family story, but with something extra as well. One thing I like about being an author is that I can bend the rules of reality in a story if it helps me explore a particular subject or theme. In my previous book, Unswept Graves (a companion to this volume), I sent my modern-day heroine Jasmine Wu into the past, to show her things she never knew about the trials her ancestors faced. This time, I send my heroine Kathy Syverson, a girl from the Nebraska home front during World War II, into the fury of the war’s Pacific theater. She sees the horrors her brother experiences during battle but also discovers the connections she has with her fellow human beings – even those on the other side of the conflict.
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 […]
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.
Dyslexia has been a concern for us at Royal Fireworks since our founding, and that concern is reflected in our publishing in a variety of ways. In all of our books, we have favored two spaces after the period at the end of sentences; that makes the sentences easier to comprehend for people with some visual processing […]
Dr. Dave Science Series Revamped for 2018 Dr. Dave Science Teaching Manuals: New Editions We are excited to announce new editions of the popular Dr. Dave Science Teaching Manuals, a series of seven books for instructors of elementary- and middle school-age children on a variety of science topics: Our Solar System, Oceans, The Digestive System, Electricity, Phases of Matter, Chemistry, and The Cell. […]
10 August: It was on this date in 1846 that the United States Congress passed legislation creating the Smithsonian Institution, now a massive complex of museums.
Dr. Sharon Kaye has taken advantage of the Smithsonian Institution castle, to create a middle-grades trilogy for our philosophy curriculum. The fictional New Smithsonian Foundation—based in the Smithsonian castle in Washington, D.C.—sends middle school students on a series of virtual reality adventures in which they meet and learn about the work and thinking of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Boyle, Newton, Leibniz, Rousseau, Hume, and Kant. It is exciting and engaging philosophy absorbed through living the problems and arguments rather than reading dry exposition.
As Michael Clay Thompson notes, “It is by loving to read that children become literate.” And of course, it matters what they read. A child cannot become literate by reading a few modern pieces of short fiction or a few excerpts in an anthology. Becoming literate means reading the great classics, which are great classics […]
We are pleased to announce that Michael Clay Thompson is teaching the first five levels of his English language arts curriculum in full-year, online courses, starting in the autumn.
A Martian invasion, a Civil War classic, and adventure in bonny Scotland Michael Clay Thompson has added another trilogy of classic, masterpiece novels to his literature component of the language arts curriculum: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. He has called […]
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 […]