When teaching the subject of reading to my youngest, she thought that once she got through this one book we were using that she was done with reading. She even went so far as to ask me one time why her brother (whom is 4 years older than her and can read well) was reading a book, because she knows he dislikes reading. I told her I assigned it for him to do for school. To which she replies, “But he already knows how to read!” I got a good laugh out of that one. Poor thing thought that once you learn how to read, you are good to go and you don’t ever have to do “reading” in school again!
Annnnnyway… fortunately she now understands this is not the case. I do try to make her reading interesting though, if I can. Allsaid & Dunn, LLC, publishers of The Reading Game and authors of the Wordly Wise series have created a supplemental reading program called The Magic Stories that can help make reading more interesting.
The Magic Stories
Like I said, I wanted something fun for my daughter to help her with her reading. What she needs the most “help” with, I feel” is confidence. She doesn’t know what she knows, so to speak. The Magic Stories is designed to build confidence in reading and develop strong comprehension and writing skills while having fun. Therefore, it is actually perfect for my daughter right now.
The reading level is 2nd/3rd grade. You can use this as a follow up reading program to The Reading Game if you have it, but it is not necessary. The Magic Stories do stand alone for any child in the elementary years. (We do have the Reading Game, and both programs can stand alone.)
This is not a physical set of books. It is also not a subscription. It is a downloadable set of 6 stories, each story comes with its own set of “Naughty 40” word cards, and four worksheets (Maze, Finish The Sentence, Imagine, and Finish The Story). You can also buy each book separately if you don’t want the full set.
The “Naughty 40” words are words that will be found in the story that may be hard for the student to read. The cards contain the word and then a sentence with the word in it. They can be printed out on 4 sheets of paper or cardstock and cut into flash cards. Or if you’re addicted to your laminator like me, you can laminate them. :)
Since this is a downloadalbe pdf, you obviously can print the stories, but they are optimized for an iPad or computer screen. Each book is around 20 pages long. The Worksheets are each one page, and there are four per book.
How to Use the Program
There are instructions (as stated below) on their website, but here it is in a nutshell … Go over the “Naughty 40” words for the book you are reading. If your student knows all of the words, she is ready to go ahead and read the book. If not, then she needs to study those words with you. Once she knows them, she can then read the story. After that, you can let them do one or all of the worksheets.
I personally think the worksheets would be great for fluent readerst to go through. They are great for reading comprehension and creative writing practice. The worksheets also help to solidify the moral of the story or help the student understand it a little better.
You follow those same directions for all of the books. Then, your child can reread the stories as often as they want!
The stories are:
- The Magic Hole – Ping Ho finds a bag with a magic hole which changes her family’s life.
- The Magic Ax – Tom learns the value of hard work
- The Magic Joke – An unhappy king and a Princess, war and laughing
- The Magic Hotdog – Alfred can’t stop eating hot dogs
- The Magic Boots – Patty was accidentally given goblin boots
- The Magic Box – A Rumpelstiltskin story
If you scroll down the main page, you will find a section titled “Free Resources” with the following downloads:
- Pre & Post Sight Word Assessment Worksheets
- Running Record Evaluation Worksheet for each book set
- And for classroom use there is a class – recording sheet to keep track of multiple students
To stay connected with The Magic Stories and Allsaid & Dunn, LLC… like, follow, share, etc! :)
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- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVfPcsCZ7zyM7kjiD5Qjn5g
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