Is your child a fairly new reader? I don’t know about you, but it can be a challenge to find stories that engage your kids that are at the right level for them. Today I get to bring you a review of The Magic Stories. A set of stories and worksheets that get your kids reading, and help you as a homeschooler meet the needs of fitting in comprehension skills, vocabulary building and handwriting practice. Let’s see if this product by Allsaid & Dunn, LLC, publishers of The Reading Game and authors of the Wordly Wise series, is a right fit for your family.
The Magic Stories is a set of 6 short fairy tale like stories. Each downloadable story comes with printable vocabulary flash cards, and a mini workbook. These stories were created with the 2nd to 3rd grader or someone who is reading short chapter books in mind. I had my hyper 4th grader work with these as he is doing well with reading but because of his lack of attention to lessons is reading at a late 3rd grade level.
Each of these stories allow the reader to explore outside of their normal world and dive into a fairy tale like world. A world where gold turns to straw, eating too many hotdogs makes you float up into space, laughter can stop a war, and the lesson of hard work is won with a magic ax. My son was really intrigued with these stories. He would sit and read each story through cover to cover in one sitting.
The benefit of these for my son was great. For the newbie having stories at their level is huge. These stories are not only at their level, but they interest them and are short enough to give them that sense of accomplishment that keeps them reading. Now beyond the stories themselves there are benefits to the workbooks that go with them.
How We Used this Program
Before handing my kiddo the story I would have him go over the vocabulary words. He does well with remembering new words quickly so I never had to use the flash cards. I would have him read down the list of words and when he got stuck on a word I would explain it to him and we would move on.
After finishing the list I would have him re-read the words he got stuck on before and 90% of the time he would already have memorized that word. Doing this gave him a huge head start to having a successful read through of the story. However, if you kiddo isn’t so great at memorizing new vocabulary words there is the printable vocab flash cards to practice with before moving on to having them read the story.
When he was done reading the story I handed him the workbook with the maze and finish the sentences sheets. The mazes were his favorite. There wasn’t any writing and he had a goal of completing the maze without taking too many wrong turns. These sheets got him very quickly to figure out if he really did understand and remember what the story was about before moving on to any of the writing questions.
After the maze he would work on the finish the sentences sheets. These are pretty much comprehension questions that require more from the kids than just one word answers. While my kiddo did not like these sheets they got him practicing his handwriting skills and helped me to know that he did in fact understand the story.
His favorite part of the workbook was the Finish the Story worksheet. This worksheet gives 2 options for beginnings of a story. The kid’s job is to pick one of them and write out the rest of the story. He would get excited every time he got to this worksheet. He wanted to see what options there were to give him ideas, but he always wanted to write out his own story ideas. My kiddo LOVES to write short stories, on the computer only. The computer because he can add in images he finds on the internet to his stories. Since he is a visual learner the ability to add in pictures to his stories gives him more determination to keep writing. Hey, anything to get them writing more right?!
While these stories do not give you a full language arts curriculum, they do add a lot to whatever curriculum you already have. I highly recommend these stories.
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