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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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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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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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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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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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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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Two New MCT Trilogies

Posted on: 05/25/2017

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 […]

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Michael Clay Thompson teaching full-year, online courses.

Posted on: 05/18/2017

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.

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A New Literature Trilogy from MCT and Reading Therapy

Posted on: 03/30/2017

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 […]

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