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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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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 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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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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A Jump-Start to Entrepreneurship

Posted on: 08/02/2018

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 […]

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Royal Fireworks Publishes for Dyslexic Children

Posted on: 07/13/2018

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 […]

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Dr. Dave Science Series Revamped for 2018

Posted on: 07/13/2018

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. […]

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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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Author Blog by Robert Black: The War in the Pacific, a Fictional Perspective

Posted on: 08/30/2017

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.

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Meeting the Great Philosophers: Adventures in Time

Posted on: 08/10/2017

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.

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Lewis Carroll, the Original Mathematical Novelist

Posted on: 08/22/2016

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 […]

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