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Magic Words uses a variety of exciting activities and card games to reinforce the most important words in reading and writing.
Magic Words uses a variety of exciting activities and card games to reinforce the most important words in reading and writing.

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Magic Words are the most frequently used words in reading and are essential to every students literacy success.

The first 300 Magic Words make up 70%, on average, of all reading. That is seven out of every ten 7/10 words a student will read is a Magic Word!

Magic Words International undertook an extensive worldwide literature search of word lists and word frequency research, to source the highest quality and most current data available.

Many high frequency word lists exist, often sourced from publishers who only include the books from their own reading schemes. These lists, sourced from a small sample of books are of limited value, and hold little appeal to most teachers, as they transfer poorly to other reading schemes and indeed to general reading.

​Magic Words International conducted a meta-analysis of the research into word frequencies of the data collected, from around the world. This resulted in an extensive study of the research, development of a robust selection criteria and meticulous academic examination to ascertain the most statistically significant set of words.

This rigorous study produced a unique compilation of words, with the highest statistical significance, for anyone learning to read in English.

Magic Words International was able to group these words into levels (colours), based upon the statistical analysis of frequency of each word, to provide the greatest efficacy in teaching.

The educational value of this unique compilation of words, in this order, and frequency, surpasses other lists published to date.
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Games to teach reading

The Magic Words Placemats match the ones that teachers send home from school and are ideal for learning the Magic Words, which are the most frequently used words in reading and writing.

Successful readers know the Magic Words, and, by playing exciting games on the Magic Words Placemats along with the Magic Words Playing Cards, all children can accelerate their reading, increase their fluency and develop their comprehension.

80% of Australian Primary Schools are now using Magic Words!

Bingo
Play Bingo - use coins, bottle tops, lego, carrot rings, biscuit or sticky notes as counters in the colour level your child is learning.

Call out the words from the Placemat (or use your Magic 100 Words Playing Cards to show your child the word before saying it).

Bingo can be won by completing one full row or one full column or the full Sheet.

Fast Words
Ask your child to look at the words on the back of the Placemat and invite them to play the following games.

1. Read and say the words across, up, down, around and backwards as quickly as you can.

You may need a clock, mobile phone timer or watch that has a second hand for timing some of the games.

2. Start the stopwatch and time how long your child takes to say all the words. Do this several times recording their personal best. (This game is best limited to under 5 minutes, but should be practiced daily.)

3. Start the timer and see how many words your child can say in 20 seconds. (If all words have been read before the time limit has expired they can go back to the beginning and repeat the words until the time expires.)

In learning centres you can time each other and keep score to determine who is the fastest at saying the words.

Practice often so that you get faster and faster.

Learning to the say the words quickly is a very good way to get better at reading.

The faster you are at saying the words helps you to think about the story or information in the book rather than all the little words in between.

These games are based on a skill known as rapid automatic naming (RAN) which highly correlates with successful reading.

Assisting children to learn to say these high frequency words at a rate of about one word per second is an excellent strategy to enhance reading.

The Magic Words Placemats and the Magic Words Playing Cards have been specifically designed to assist children in learning these words and learning to recognise and say them quickly. All the RAN games can be played using the Magic Words Playing Cards.

Other Games
1. Find the words on your Placemat in books.

2. Say the words on your Placemat every day.

3. Look at all the Placemats and find all the two/three/four letter words.

4. Underline all the little words you find within the words on your Placemat. "when" - he, we, hen

Writing
Use a water based marker on the back of the Magic 100 Words Placemat to practice writing the Magic Words in the level the child is learning. Use the dotted thirds and place the letters on the solid line.

Wipe the Placemat clean and keep practicing.

Children can use the words at the bottom of the Placemat to remind them how to spell the words.

Look Say-Cover-Write Check

Tracing
Use a water based marker on the front of the Magic 100 Words Placemat to practice writing the Magic Words in the level the child is learning.

Wipe the Placemat clean and keep practicing.

Spelling
Use a white board marker on the back of the Magic 100 Words Placemat to practice spelling the Magic 100 Words in the level the child is learning.

Wipe the Placemat clean and keep practicing.

Children can use the words at the bottom of the Placemat to remind them or cover the words as their skill improves.
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Why are the Magic Words are coloured?

The brain is physically divided into the left and right hemispheres. The hemispheres are connected by a network of nerves. The left hemisphere controls processes that include language, speaking, writing, mathematics, logic, sequencing and analysis. The right hemisphere concentrates mainly on creativity, music, imagination, spatial patterns and colour recognition, and sees the whole picture.

Engaging both hemispheres of the brain greatly accelerates learning. The Magic Words Playing Cards and literacy resources have been designed to use words (left hemisphere) and colour (right hemisphere) together so that students quickly master these important words.
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New edition Magic Words resources are now available - Magic 100 Words Literacy Resource Manual for teachers
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New edition Magic Words resources are now available - Magic 100 Words
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New edition Magic Words resources are now available - Magic Words Premium Teacher Pack
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New edition Magic Words resources are now available - Magic Words Optimum Pack
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NEW, DOUBLE SIDED, GLOSS LAMINATED - Magic 300 Words Placemat Packs are now available, containing the Pearl Words Placemat, Ruby Words Placemat, Sapphire Words Placemat, Jade Words Placemat and Amber Words Placemat for learning the most important words in reading and writing.
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NEW, DOUBLE SIDED, GLOSS LAMINATED - Magic 200 Words Placemat Packs are now available, containing the Pink Words Placemat, Purple Words Placemat, Aqua Words Placemat, Lime Words Placemat and Lemon Words Placemat for learning the most important words in reading and writing.
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NEW, DOUBLE SIDED, GLOSS LAMINATED - Magic 100 Words Placemat Packs are now available, containing the Golden Words Placemat, Red Words Placemat, Blue Words Placemat, Green Words Placemat, Orange Words Placemat, Indigo Words Placemat and Violet Words Placemat for learning the most important words in reading and writing.
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