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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. […]
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. […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
Michael Clay Thompson’s blog post on putting serious fiction and non-fiction back in place in schools. If I ruled the world (I recently observed that this is increasingly unlikely), every school system in the United States would make a powerful literature program the centerpiece of its educational strategy. The opposite is what is happening; school […]
A blog post from Michael Clay Thompson about the life-changing moments that resulted in his LA Curriculum
How, when, and why his Language Arts Curriculum began, and a tribute to Dr Julie Long.
In my history with Royal Fireworks Press, there have been two momentous events without which the MCT curriculum would never have been possible. One was, clearly, my first encounter with Dr. Tom Kemnitz, the very embodiment of fanaticism about curriculum and the lives of children that I myself felt. I hope that the curriculum now reveals the intense dream that the two of us had at the inception, three decades ago…
When I began to write Finding Her Way I had a distinct purpose in mind, grounded in my classroom experience. A teacher of high school honors English, I always enjoyed the lively discussions related to my students’ reading of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Everything about Thoreau’s life intrigued them.