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With a Book about Texas, the American History Collection Is Complete!

Posted on: 09/14/2021

Royal Fireworks Press is excited to announce the publication of the last set of books in the Adventures on the American Frontier collection: Brave Men of Early Texas. This set of books, available as both a four-chapter novel and a series of four dyslexia-friendly books, chronicles the colorful and tumultuous history of Texas, from the […]

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It’s Not too Late to Register for Online Courses!

Posted on: 09/09/2021

The first classes for many Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community courses will be held this coming week, and there’s still time to register for them! We are proud of the intellectual heft of our courses. We offer learning opportunities well beyond those open to most students before they get to college. There are two courses […]

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There’s Still Time to Register for Select Online Courses!

Posted on: 09/02/2021

There is still time to register for the Royal Fireworks Online courses that are already underway. A few of those courses are closed, but most of them are still open for students to join. The previous sessions have been recorded, which makes it possible for students to catch up. The recordings are also a major […]

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Immerse Children in Early American History!

Posted on: 08/26/2021

George Washington: First president of the United States, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, guy with wooden dentures (sorry, folks, that thing about his teeth is not actually true). We all know some basic facts about Washington (or we think we do). But did you also know that as a young man, he experienced a treacherous […]

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Newly Revised Mathematical Reasoning Books for Kids!

Posted on: 08/17/2021

Royal Fireworks Press is excited to reintroduce the Problemoids mathematical reasoning books for children in grades 4, 5, and 6! These books give children an opportunity to put on their thinking caps to try to figure out the solutions to challenging problems in mathematics, mathematical reasoning, and basic logic. The books emphasize problem-solving strategies that […]

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The Royal Fireworks Online School Extends Registration!

Posted on: 08/13/2021

Fall semester begins on Monday, August 16th, in the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community, but we are delaying the beginning of our school year for some of our courses until the week of September 13th (after the week of Labor Day). We made this decision based on feedback from parents because of the uncertainty that […]

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The Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community Continues to Grow!

Posted on: 07/30/2021

As July ends, we at the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community are still adding courses for the upcoming fall semester. Our community of young scholars continues to grow, and so does the number of instructors and courses. One innovation this fall is the addition of evening courses, particularly those taught by Michael Clay Thompson. This […]

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Our Favorite Novels, Just in Time for Summer Reading!

Posted on: 06/28/2021

We at Royal Fireworks Press are pretty selective about what we choose to publish. We’re proud of the high quality of our products, as well as the high level of intellectual heft that many of them offer to children. We have a huge catalog of offerings, and some of them have been out for a […]

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The Adventures Collection Grows Again!

Posted on: 06/25/2021

Royal Fireworks Press is pleased to release our newest set of books in the Adventures on the American Frontier series: Resolute Men of the Illinois Country, available as both a novel and as a series of books with special features for children with dyslexia and other reading disorders. The title of this book may not […]

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Royal Fireworks Wins Best Curriculum Award for the Third Year in a Row!

Posted on: 06/02/2021

Royal Fireworks has done it again! We’re delighted and honored to announce that we have won a Best Middle & High School Homeschool Curriculum & Resources award from How To Homeschool for the third consecutive year. With hundreds of nominations and rigorous criteria to win, we’re grateful for this recognition. How To Homeschool is a helpful […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant”—but for kids

Posted on: 05/24/2021

By all accounts, the movie The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was a box office hit, grossing $533 million worldwide and winning an impressive number of awards. It has been described as “gripping,” “intense,” and “gorgeous,” but also “mature,” “tense,” and “violent” (it’s rated R), which makes it a great movie for adults but not so […]

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Coming Soon: The MCT Language Arts Curriculum on Kindle!

Posted on: 05/18/2021

We at Royal Fireworks Press are bursting with the news: 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, starting with our most popular and newest offerings, to give you the option of using our print […]

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Royal Fireworks Is Undergoing a Major Digital Overhaul!

Posted on: 05/14/2021

Royal Fireworks Press has been publishing books for children and the adults who care for them since 1977, and during that time, we’ve gone through a lot of changes. And now, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re in the process of undergoing an enormous change: a system-wide digital overhaul. This includes a brand new, user-friendly […]

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A Book to Get Kids Outdoors and Learning about Science

Posted on: 05/12/2021

When most people think of ants, they think of irritating pests that invade kitchens and make picnics a lot less fun. Really, what else is there to know? Well, apparently there’s a great deal, and almost all of us have spent too much of our lives under-valuing the incredible little critters that we often step […]

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A Book We Love Made Even Better

Posted on: 05/10/2021

In 2020, the pandemic drove more people to enjoy the outdoors than at any time in recent history. But taking a walk is one thing; appreciating nature as a glorious classroom of exploration and wonder that can bring families closer together in meaningful ways is something else. Nature Study for the Whole Family, the award-winning […]

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An Array of Online Learning Options for Kids

Posted on: 05/06/2021

The 2020-21 school year was difficult for many people across the country as schools, teachers, students, and their parents struggled to adjust to remote learning. However, many children in the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community have thrived. They have found that online schooling—free of all that actual school entails—is preferable for them. Many of these […]

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A Book of Art and One Man’s Creative Process

Posted on: 04/27/2021

In the 1990s, artist Frederick Franck created two series of images: one a retelling of the Way of the Cross, depicting Jesus’s journey from being condemned to death to rising again after dying, and the other of the parable of the oxherd, which represents the ten stages of Zen practice. Those images were translated into […]

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A Novel for Children about Alexander the Great

Posted on: 04/23/2021

When students learn about Alexander the Great, they usually get the same few paragraphs in a history book about what the man did and how those actions influenced what was to come. Maybe they get a picture. What they don’t get is a personal introduction to Alexander himself and an in-depth look at the significant […]

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A Book for Making Math Fun for Young Children

Posted on: 04/21/2021

Math is important. It is crucial for navigating the world today, and learning it is essential. It is considered a core subject for a reason, and children everywhere—in every part of the world, in every learning environment—need to know, at the very least, the basic mathematical functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, although knowing […]

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An Important and Timely Series of Historical Novels Reissued

Posted on: 04/09/2021

Royal Fireworks Press announces a major update and revision to an important series of historical novels: the Homesteaders series. This collection of six books follows two families as they leave their home in Norway in the 1860s and journey to America in the hopes of building a life for themselves and their children in the […]

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A New Book about an Unsung Hero

Posted on: 03/12/2021

Royal Fireworks Press is pleased to offer the latest installment in the Mathematical Lives series of biographical novels by author Robert Black. Benoit Mandelbrot: Reshaping the World is a fascinating look at one of the most influential mathematicians of the twenty-first century—although most people have never heard of him. Benoit Mandelbrot was a Polish Jew […]

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Another Award for a Michael Clay Thompson Book!

Posted on: 03/10/2021

At Royal Fireworks Press, we didn’t need another award to tell us that Michael Clay Thompson’s books are extraordinary. And if you’ve read any of his works, you don’t need someone else to tell you that, either. Michael is one of the most gifted writers of curricula for children that the English language has ever […]

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RFWP Book on Giftedness Wins Award

Posted on: 03/10/2021

Royal Fireworks Press is proud to share the exciting news that The Essential Guidebook for Parents of Gifted Children has been awarded a Gold Mom’s Choice Award for excellence! The announcement was made on Monday, securing The Essential Guidebook’s place among the outstanding books that Mom’s Choice has named as “the best in family-friendly media, […]

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New Books for Children Who Struggle to Read, and a New Novel for Those Who Don’t

Posted on: 03/09/2021

There’s a great deal of controversy surrounding the colonization of America. It was either the settlement of a new land of promise for the masses of people who came from Europe and elsewhere to try to establish for themselves a better life, or it was the brutal enslavement and terrorization of tribes of indigenous peoples […]

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A New Novel about Deafness

Posted on: 02/16/2021

Imagine that you are deaf. You’ve done that. We’ve all done it. What would it be like not to be able to hear sounds anymore? It would be difficult, certainly. You’d have to learn sign language. You’d need to become good at lip-reading. You wouldn’t be able to talk on the phone. You’d need closed […]

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Royal Fireworks Press Book Wins Award!

Posted on: 02/09/2021

Royal Fireworks Press is thrilled to announce that our biographical novel David Blackwell and the Deadliest Duel has been selected as a 2021 Mathical Honor Book (Grades 9-12)! The Mathical Book Prize aims to inspire a love of mathematics in the everyday world in children of all ages. Each year’s winners join a selective and […]

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New Books that Tell the Story of Early America

Posted on: 02/01/2021

Ouch. That last nickname is barbed. It’s also unfair. The middle region of the United States is vitally important to the rest of the country, yet it often is seen as less interesting than the areas along either coast—and certainly less worthy of anything more than a passing glance. But the midwestern and central states […]

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An Extraordinary New Philosophy Book for Teens!

Posted on: 01/29/2021

Royal Fireworks Press is thrilled to announce the newest Western philosophy book from Dr. Sharon Kaye! The Squirrel Behind the Tree is just the latest in Dr. Kaye’s philosophy series, which makes complex philosophical concepts and ideas easily accessible to children. The Squirrel Behind the Tree is a novel that tells a fictionalized version of […]

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A New Twist on Math

Posted on: 01/19/2021

Royal Fireworks Press announces the re-release of one of our classic publications: Math Verses with Twists. This math book, which originally came in four slim volumes, has been redesigned, freshly edited, and combined into a single book of 100 math problems, logic puzzles, and conundrums that will get kids thinking about math in new and […]

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A Virtual Open House for Our Online Instructors!

Posted on: 12/19/2020

The Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community is holding an open house…virtually, because that is how we do things. So if you want to attend, you don’t have to leave home, but you do have to provide the cookies and juice. This open house will give you an idea of the approach of our learning community […]

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Royal Fireworks Press Selected for the 2020-21 Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources List!

Posted on: 11/18/2020

Royal Fireworks Press is proud to announce that we have been chosen as one of the winners of HowToHomeschool.net’s 2020-21 Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources List! We are honored to have been selected to appear on this list, specifically in the category of reading. According to HowToHomeschool.net: “Every year we struggle to find a homeschool […]

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Four Royal Fireworks Students Earn National Awards

Posted on: 11/04/2020

Royal Fireworks is thrilled to announce that four students in our Online Learning Community have won awards for their creative writing. The students entered a national Halloween Ghost Story contest sponsored by Saugus.net, and the winners were announced on November 1st. All four of the students took online creative writing courses with Myrna Kemnitz, who also worked with each of […]

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The Newest Books in the Adventures on the American Frontier Series Are Now Available!

Posted on: 10/27/2020

Royal Fireworks Press continues the expansion of our American history series of books with The First American Colonists, the latest addition to the Adventures on the American Frontier collection. The book comes in two formats: a standard novel containing four stories, and a set of four books with special accommodations in place for children who are […]

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The Newest Michael Clay Thompson Book Is Now Available!

Posted on: 09/29/2020

The newest grammar book by Michael Clay Thompson is here! Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster introduces children to the parts of the sentence. Once again we follow the adventures of Poodle the chicken; his faithful friend, a beagle named What?; and their companion Sidney, the world’s fastest snail. Now, as the three make their […]

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Celebrating Another Award Winner

Posted on: 09/28/2020

Royal Fireworks Press is proud to announce that The Day the Thought Bubbles Got in the Way has been honored with the Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award! This prestigious seal of educational quality is reserved only for the best mind-building media. This independent awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as […]

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A New Novel about the Pioneers of Early America

Posted on: 08/06/2020

Fur trapping and trading was the first big business in America. Trappers tramped all across the American wilderness in search of beavers to trap for their thick, lush pelts, and traders followed them upstream, offering them and the Native Americans they encountered goods and supplies in exchange for furs. These men set up trading posts, […]

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Teaching Young Children about Mindful Eating

Posted on: 07/29/2020

It’s not news that too many people today struggle with weight gain and obesity, including our children, who are getting less and less physically healthy at an alarming rate. There are many reasons for this problem, including a lack of exercise, easy access to inexpensive high-fat foods, and a lack of access in some areas […]

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New Dyslexia-Friendly Series of American History Books

Posted on: 06/26/2020

At Royal Fireworks Press, we are continually adding to our offerings of books for children who struggle with reading disorders such as dyslexia. Our goal is to welcome into the world of books children who resist reading because it has always been difficult for them. We have published several series of books about American history […]

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Some of Our Favorite Novels Re-Released!

Posted on: 06/10/2020

Royal Fireworks Press offers dozens upon dozens of novels for children. We choose them carefully and deliberately. We want stories that give children insight into the world, that teach them things they didn’t know, that expand their perspectives about what they think and understand, and that entertain them while doing so. One of our favorite […]

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Helping Our Children to Find Resilience

Posted on: 05/29/2020

Communities around the world are slowly beginning to reopen. People are starting to resume some of the normal activities that were curtailed by stay-at-home orders. Some people are going back to work. And yet life is anything but normal. Worse, many health experts predict that our desire to return to some semblance of the world […]

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Don’t Miss Stories that the History Books Leave Out

Posted on: 05/13/2020

When children read about history, they often do so using history textbooks, which are frequently little more than listings of events and the dates on which they happened. Sometimes, if children are truly interested in a topic, they might read a biography or a book about a specific person or event, but even those often […]

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The Philosophy of Entertainment

Posted on: 05/07/2020

Royal Fireworks Press has just released our newest set of books in the Western philosophy series: The Transparent Eyeball. The student book, a novel, has an accompanying guidebook that allows children to delve deeply into the philosophical issues that the characters in the novel face. Together, the books provide both an entertaining read and a […]

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A New Series That’s Pure Gold for Kids Who Struggle to Read

Posted on: 05/04/2020

Royal Fireworks Press has just published the latest series of books in our Adventures on the American Frontier Dyslexia Series collection. Gold Rush Adventures chronicles the California Gold Rush, offering new and diverse perspectives on what the Gold Rush truly was like. The six-part series explains how gold was discovered and the methods used to […]

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A New Book about the Woman Who Introduced the World to Computers

Posted on: 04/29/2020

When most people think of computer innovation, they think of men like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg. But one of the first people to conceptualize what computers could do was a woman named Ada Lovelace. Lovelace was the daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron, but that was not what she would be […]

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New Videos to Learn about the MCT Language Arts Curriculum

Posted on: 04/27/2020

The Michael Clay Thompson language arts curriculum is the gold standard. Schools and parents all over the country—and in some cases the world—use the MCT curriculum to give their students and their children a thorough, accessible, challenging education in the language arts. But the MCT curriculum is so comprehensive that it might be intimidating to […]

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New Editions of Caesar’s English by MCT!

Posted on: 04/24/2020

Royal Fireworks Press is excited to announce new editions of Caesar’s English I and Caesar’s English II. The new books feature QR codes of Michael Clay Thompson reading his poems and stories, as well as some of his expositions on the classic words. Hearing Michael read his work, especially his poems and the author quotes […]

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A New Series of Books for Children Who Struggle with Reading

Posted on: 03/27/2020

Royal Fireworks Press has published a series of dyslexia-friendly books, adding to our collection of American history books called Adventures on the American Frontier. The release of this series was delayed by the coronavirus crisis, but now that we are settling in to a new work-from-home routine, we see no reason not to announce it […]

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An Honest Look at Irish History

Posted on: 03/17/2020

On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate by wearing green and painting shamrocks on store windows. But there are other ways to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. This year, grow your understanding of what it means to be Irish with our novel A Thousand Tears. The story takes place during the Great Famine that ravaged Ireland in the […]

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It’s March 14th: Pi Day!

Posted on: 03/13/2020

When mathematicians get playful, they do things like designating March 14th as Pi Day. After all, who among the mathematically inclined can look at a calendar, see 3.14, and not immediately think, “Hey, that’s pi. We should celebrate!”? At Royal Fireworks Press, this is just the kind of intellectual play that we enjoy—and that we […]

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Should We Teach Children about the Black Death Now?

Posted on: 03/12/2020

Fears about the coronavirus have swept the world, and children are not immune to feelings of stress and anxiety that they see in the adults around them and that they read in social media and the news. Of course we should teach our children ways to avoid infection, and we should do what we can […]

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New Editions of Three MCT Books to Celebrate National Grammar Day

Posted on: 03/04/2020

Today is National Grammar Day, making it the perfect day for Royal Fireworks Press to announce the publication of a new edition of Michael Clay Thompson‘s hugely popular grammar texts: The Magic Lens. These books, in three progressive volumes for children in grades 7 and up, are enhanced with a special bonus feature: audio of […]

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A Novel to Celebrate World Hearing Day

Posted on: 03/03/2020

It’s World Hearing Day, and to celebrate, Royal Fireworks Press is re-releasing a relevant and touching novel for children about hearing loss. What if you woke up one morning, and the entire world was silent? Although it’s rare, this scenario actually happens to some people, and it happened to twelve-year-old David, shattering his dreams of […]

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A Book about Bridging Cultures

Posted on: 02/20/2020

John Kallas was born in Newark, New Jersey, a first-generation American to Greek immigrant parents. He, his sister, and his two younger brothers were raised in the space between two languages, two cultures, two completely different ways of life. They were the bridge between their Greek parents and their American home. Many American customs were […]

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A Timely New Problem-Based Learning Unit

Posted on: 01/30/2020

Royal Fireworks Press is pleased to announce the publication of our latest Problem-Based Learning unit for middle schoolers, The Great Debates, which explores how the brand-new medium of television changed the political landscape of the 1960 presidential election. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) units are designed to immerse children in real-world problems by making them key stakeholders in […]

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Michael Clay Thompson Receives ANOTHER Award!

Posted on: 01/29/2020

Royal Fireworks Press is proud to announce that Michael Clay Thompson’s latest book, Poodle Knows What?, has received a Mom’s Choice Gold Award honoring excellence. The Mom’s Choice Awards program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. This comes on the heels of Practical Homeschooling‘s announcement that […]

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New Editions of Some of Our Favorite Novels

Posted on: 01/13/2020

At Royal Fireworks Press, we have a wide selection of historical novels that teach children and teens, not just about history, but about character and integrity and the challenges of real-life conflicts and struggles. Many of those novels are time-tested because they have been around for several years. Recently we have reissued new editions of […]

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A Look Back at 2019

Posted on: 12/20/2019

As we look back on the year as it comes to an end, we at Royal Fireworks Press are pleased by the many accomplishments we were able to achieve in 2019. We published a number of important books, both for children and adults, and we offered an array of online courses that were intellectually stimulating […]

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Stress-Reduction Resources for Children and Adults

Posted on: 12/10/2019

Stress is a problem for most of our population in today’s world. The pressures are often most acute in children because they generally find themselves in situations and environments that they have not chosen for themselves, and they don’t have effective techniques for dealing with their unpleasant feelings. At Royal Fireworks Press, we are dedicated […]

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Royal Fireworks Press Receives Homeschool Award

Posted on: 12/06/2019

As we celebrate the forty-second anniversary of the founding of Royal Fireworks Press, we have received word that we have been chosen as one of the howtohomeschool.net 2020 Best Homeschool Curriculum and Resources Award winners. Fittingly, it was for us as an entire company and not simply for our language arts, or philosophy, or math, […]

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Four Royal Fireworks Students Earn National Award

Posted on: 11/01/2019

Royal Fireworks Press is thrilled to announce that four of the students in our Online Learning Community have won awards for their creative writing. The students entered a national Halloween Ghost Story contest sponsored by Saugus.net, and the winners were announced on Thursday. Both of the students who won at the elementary level are international […]

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Another Honor for the MCT Language Arts Curriculum

Posted on: 07/26/2019

The readers of Practical Homeschooling magazine have voted Michael Clay Thompson’s language arts curriculum the best for online instruction. The MCT curriculum is taught in many online classes from many different sources. The luckiest children are those who are instructed by Michael Clay Thompson himself in the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community. The students, as […]

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The Day the Thoughts Got Stuck Is an 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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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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