Enriching Courses for Gifted Children

Posted on: 08/16/2019 Back to all blog posts

Royal Fireworks is offering a number of enriching courses for gifted children.

Our courses in Eastern and Western philosophy offer exciting discussion opportunities for children who want to explore the deepest questions. The nature of humankind, the governance of society, free will and determinism, and the existence of God are the substance of the Western philosophy course taught by Dr. Sharon Kaye. How the world is constructed, what makes a good life, and how we find happiness are among the topics of the Eastern philosophy course taught by Ingrid Klass. These courses are a great opportunity for your child to engage with other students at a high level on subjects that are life-shaping. Both courses are taught by highly acclaimed authors and experts in their fields.

Francis Wickham’s introduction to architecture is as wonderful a course for children who think that they would like to become architects as it is for children who have never thought for a second about architecture. For the former, it is one of the few opportunities to hear a distinguished architect discuss design, building methods, form and function, structural engineering, setting, and dozens of other considerations—including how buildings reflect the philosophical and social considerations that underlie the societies that erected them. For children who have never truly seen a building no matter how many times they have passed it, architecture is a case in which knowing a little is the key to learning a lot. The value of this course is that it opens children’s eyes to a lifetime of actually seeing the built environment around them.

In our world, much of philosophy—and not a little of our architecture—rests on foundations laid by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Greece in the Classical Age (between 490 and 323 B.C.) provides the basis of Western civilization. From it came democracy, trial by jury, rule of law, concepts of individual worth and liberty, philosophy, medicine, mathematics, the writing of history, the theater (including tragedy and comedy), the concept of higher education, the Olympics, and so much more. Greece in the Classical Age is designed to give children a deep understanding of the world that produced one of the richest heritages ever left by any civilization. Like the philosophy and architecture courses, this is a one-semester course.

The History of Ancient Rome covers a much wider spread of centuries and is therefore taught in two semesters. The first semester is devoted to the Roman Republic—the 500 years in which Rome grew from a little mud village in the center of Italy to the dominant power of the Mediterranean world. It asks the central of question of why Rome became preeminent. It follows the rise of Rome, and it traces the breakdown of the institutions of the Republic. The semester ends with the death of Julius Caesar on the floor of the Senate.

These courses will allow children to expand their knowledge in ways not explored in the traditional classroom, enabling them to build the solid foundations of a classical education.

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