Established in 1977, RFWP provides challenging curricula, online courses, and gifted resources.
Parents regularly assert that our educational products, in particular the MCT language arts curriculum, engender a different response in children than do other curricula. Many parents have said that with our books, they at last can teach as they always wanted. Why might this be?
Royal Fireworks Publishing was founded in 1977 to provide educators with completely different materials with which to educate children. We believe that education should be child-centered. Education is an individual process, and each individual is different. In order to be effective at the highest level, educational materials should be flexible and adaptable to each individual child.
We believe that education should be joyous, filled with fun, humor, and art; educational materials should not be sloughs through dry, dull material that has to be covered. We believe that children should be impelled rather than compelled to study the material we want them to learn. We believe that if we challenge them and expect great things from them and give them books that appeal on many levels, we can help them to attain high levels in their learning. Honey really is more attractive than vinegar.
At Royal Fireworks, we seek to develop curricula to inspire the imagination of children, to engage them affectively as well as cognitively, to transmit joy and fun and creativity and a sense of wonder and excitement about the world around us. Books—particularly textbooks—have to be designed with the child in mind, formulated in two-page spreads to convey an idea, a concept, an understanding that works in that space.
Textbooks should have art. They should open vistas for children to explore a wider world. They should be fun. Frequently our texts do not look like the texts of other publishers. We sometimes do odd things with type because it helps kids to understand a point. We use subtle colors. If a child has to be cajoled to read one of our texts, we have failed.
We do not use worksheets. We believe that they are the neutron bombs of education; they kill all intelligent life while leaving the textbook intact. Coping with a worksheet sends a child in search of a short answer that will fit on a short line. We would prefer children to seek large panoramas of ideas and relationships. To worksheet a subject is to trivialize it.
While we have a sense of intellectual and artistic play, we do not sacrifice what we believe children must know. We think that there is a core of knowledge that educated people should have. We would never shortchange that; our view of core knowledge is far more extensive than that of other educational publishers. We do not dumb down material, and we do not abide low expectations.