Royal Fireworks Online Courses: Something for Everyone
At Royal Fireworks Press, we are continuously looking for ways in which to improve our offerings. A few years ago, we decided to create an online learning community to enable children to learn subjects—both those taught in traditional schools and those that are not—at a level that they may not find anywhere else and by experts who are at the top of their fields. Since then, parents have told us repeatedly now much they appreciate what the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community has contributed to their children’s learning and to their lives.
When we established the online learning community, we primarily had in mind the needs of homeschooled kids. It was our intention to offer them a superior learning experience that was different in concept and execution from any they might find elsewhere. We wanted them to have the opportunity to interact with outstanding experts, to experience the difference that true expertise and wide experience can make in creative approaches to subjects, and to have the benefit of learning from individuals who want to help children to develop their interests and skills. And most of all, we wanted experts who know how to embrace and encourage children and who would make learning a warm and positive experience. Our success in creating positive learning experiences for children has led to a lot of positive word of mouth, as well as many parents of schoolchildren wanting us to make provisions for their kids.
Can children take a course in our online learning community if they are in school at the time the live class meets? The answer to that is yes in almost all cases. Many of Michael Clay Thompson’s language arts students cannot attend the live classes—often because they live abroad or are in school—and they watch the recordings of the classes and do the classwork online. Michael says that his primary interaction with these students comes from the written communications between them and him; he is concerned fundamentally with how well the students write, and that is where the emphasis of his classes lies.
Similarly, students can watch recorded classes of the Roman history, Greek literature, and genetics courses. Not only are the recordings of the live classes there to watch for students who missed the class, but they also are available to students who want to revisit something that was covered in the class. Many students watch a class recording more than once. The philosophy course meets in the evening specifically so that students in school can attend the classes. The instructors of the Spanish and creative writing courses have made special provisions to meet with students after school hours. The math courses and the Western philosophy courses, however, do require student attendance in the live classes.
Can a child join a year-long course in the second semester? The answer is usually yes, but circumstances vary. Students joining Michael Clay Thompson’s courses are much better served if they have been doing work in the level that they want to join; students joining at mid-year get the benefit of being able to see the recordings of the classes from the fall semester. Students joining Allen Gross’s math courses often have had experience with the Art of Problem Solving text he is covering, and they want to join the course to get the benefit of his extraordinary teaching. Others have enough familiarity with math on the level of the course and therefore are able to keep up. The Roman history course can be joined easily at mid-year.
If a child does not want to begin a course mid-year, there are plenty of other offerings. Creative writing, genetics, Western philosophy, mindfulness, and Greek literature are all one-semester courses that begin in the spring semester. Whatever your child’s needs and interests, we almost always have a way of fulfilling them.