Royal Fireworks Press News & Blog
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Online Courses Taught by Michael Clay Thompson This autumn Michael Clay Thompson is offering three new online literature courses, as well as continuing the writing assessment programs for Essay Voyage and Advanced Academic Writing. These are courses, not classes; the students will be able to access the material from MCT on their own schedule. LITERATURE […]
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 […]
Meet us at the following conferences and conventions: 2016 October 16th – 18th Ohio Association for Gifted Children, Columbus, OH November 3rd – 6th NAGC Annual Convention, Orlando, FL 17th -18th Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, Harrisburg, PA December 6th – 7th South Carolina Gifted Conference, Columbia SC 11th – 13th Indiana […]
This autumn Michael Clay Thompson is offering three new online literature courses, as well as continuing the writing assessment programs for Essay Voyage and Advanced Academic Writing. LITERATURE TRILOGIES The literature courses are for the Mud, Search, and Shadow trilogies. In each case children will get the benefit of Michael’s guidance through the novels. And […]
New: Royal Fireworks Philosophy Curriculum We are proud and excited to announce the first book in our new philosophy curriculum: Question Mark. It is everything we look for in a curriculum book for children: enjoyable, brilliantly creative, innovative, gorgeously illustrated, engaging, and intellectually uplifting. It is an awesome introduction to academic philosophy for young children. […]