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Four Royal Fireworks Students Earn National Award

Posted on: 11/01/2019

Royal Fireworks Press is thrilled to announce that four of the students in our Online Learning Community have won awards for their creative writing. The students entered a national Halloween Ghost Story contest sponsored by Saugus.net, and the winners were announced on Thursday. Both of the students who won at the elementary level are international […]

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Another Honor for the MCT Language Arts Curriculum

Posted on: 07/26/2019

The readers of Practical Homeschooling magazine have voted Michael Clay Thompson’s language arts curriculum the best for online instruction. The MCT curriculum is available in three forms online. First and foremost, it is taught in many online classes from many different sources. The luckiest children are those who are instructed by Michael Clay Thompson himself […]

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Mathematicians Are People, Too! by Robert Black

Posted on: 05/16/2019

Some of the world’s most eminent mathematicians led fascinating lives. 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 lamp […]

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The Day the Thoughts Got Stuck Is an Academics’ Choice Award Winner!

Posted on: 05/02/2019

We are proud to announce that The Day the Thoughts Got Stuck has received an Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award. The Day the Thoughts Got Stuck is the second book in Ingrid Klass’s series about thinking for young children. In it, readers meet Rosa, a young girl who is unhappy with her birthday gift. Three […]

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The Circle of Happiness Receives Mom’s Choice Award

Posted on: 04/05/2019

The Circle of Happiness by Ingrid Klass has been given a gold Mom’s Choice Award. The special emphasis on this award is for “items that help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually; are morally sound and promote good will; and are inspirational and uplifting.” Beautifully illustrated, the book introduces preteens and teens to the fundamentals […]

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A Review of Amazing Ants: Simple Sidewalk Science

Posted on: 02/23/2019

Homeschooling Two Twice-Exceptional Boys My kids spent their homeschooling childhoods watching animals go about their lives. Often, we observed animals in their natural habitats: robins poking for worms in the yard; bees collecting from flowers; and, of course, ants scurrying about their business. We also observed our “kept” creatures: fish and aquatic frogs in their […]

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We Have a Winner!

Posted on: 11/07/2018

Better yet, we have WINNERS! In this semester’s creative writing courses, the students were given an optional assignment to enter a national creative writing contest. We are proud to announce that our students received five of the possible nine awards. First place in the high school division was awarded to Kimberly for her story The Ghost […]

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Why Take an MCT Language Arts Course from the Royal Fireworks Press Online Learning Community?

Posted on: 11/07/2018

Because there is no better way of learning language arts than from the master himself. Michael Clay Thompson has been teaching his language arts curriculum online for Royal Fireworks Press for the last few years. Students receive more than just the information in the textbooks; they receive Michael’s professional instruction and personalized feedback. Here is a recent comment […]

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The War in the Pacific: A Fictional Perspective by Robert Black

Posted on: 08/30/2017

My latest novel attempts to help us realize our place in history. 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 […]

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A Letter to Michael Clay Thompson from Grateful Parents

Posted on: 01/06/2017

Our thanks to the family for this letter and for permission to publish it with the names changed. Dear Michael, I wanted to take a moment to tell you how grateful Hazel’s father and I are to you for being such a wonderful teacher to our daughter last semester. Your Mud Trilogy, which she read […]

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Lewis Carroll, the Original Mathematical Novelist by Robert Black

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 that 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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The Importance of Philosophy by Sharon Kaye

Posted on: 05/11/2016

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 […]

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We Must Advocate for Real Reading by Michael Clay Thompson

Posted on: 04/11/2016

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 systems are ditching real literature for dumbed-down textbooks, with exactly the effects on students’ minds that […]

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The Life-Changing Moments that Resulted in the MCT Curriculum by Michael Clay Thompson

Posted on: 03/30/2016

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. The MCT language arts curriculum reveals […]

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