Thursday, November 2, 2017

Homeschool Review: The Magic Stories of Allsaid & Dunn, LLC #hsreviews #goodmorals #character #childrenstories

Teaching your child to read may be the very first big hurdle in the homeschool world and so many times it causes moms to stress far beyond what they should.  Believe me, I get it.  All four of my children learned to read in such totally different ways and my youngest struggled to catch on for the longest.  I knew that in time she would get it and would learn to love to read, but there were days when I wanted to cry right along with her.  We found ways to make reading fun and stress-free, knowing that the more enjoyable it was, the more interested she would be.  We learned to add just a touch of "magic" to the learning process, and were simply ecstatic when letters started to form words and words started to form sentences in her mind's eye.

One of our all time favorite reading resources came to us in form of The Reading Game so you can imagine my delight in being able to share with you the newest resource from the same people who brought it into our world.  The Magic Stories by Allsaid & Dunn, LLC, publishers of The Reading Game and authors of the Wordly Wise series adds just the perfect touch of "magic" that my daughter needed in the process of learning how to read.  And while The Magic Stories is the absolute PERFECT follow-up resource for The Reading Game, you absolutely do not have to have played it first to find success with The Magic Stories.  These delightful stories are written with words appropriate for 2nd and 3rd grade learners, but they can be used in multiple ways with both older and younger readers, too.

The Magic Stories consists of six beautifully illustrated stories that share good morals and great character lessons with children as they read through the adventurous tales and improve reading and comprehension skills along the way.    Each of the stories ranges from 15 - 24 pages long and is easy to read in one sitting.  They can be read straight from your computer or iPad screen or you can print them out and make a book of them.

The Magic Stories {Allsaid & Dunn, LLC. Reviews}
The Magic Stories {Allsaid & Dunn, LLC. Reviews}

As you know, I'm a pen and paper girl myself, so I couldn't wait to print the pages.  These can be printed on regular paper or cardstock and can be printed one-sided or two.  Either way, they are lovely.  Combined together, The Magic Stories make for a very nice sized book that will become a family favorite.  The fables are fun and well worth reading and re-reading.  The simple black and white illustrations are beautiful and your child will enjoy coloring them to personalize the book.  Once that is "all said and done," you'll have a treasure to enjoy for years to come.

Not only are The Magic Stories great little readers, they offer corresponding worksheets that make them a comprehensive reading curriculum, as well.  Each story has a list of "Naughty Words" at the back of the reader.  (Now, don't worry -- the words themselves aren't ugly words that you don't want your children saying -- they are simply those words that are sometimes harder to say and use correctly when you are first learning the rules of our crazy English language.  The only thing that makes them "naughty" is that they can be difficult to learn.)  These Naughty Words are offered as a "deck" so that you can print them on cardstock, cut them apart, and use like flash cards.  Each Naughty Word has it's own card in the deck and a sentence using the word correctly is included.  Perfect for playing games and increasing your vocabulary.

In addition to the Naughty Words deck, each story has a set of seven worksheet pages to be printed to help students learn.  There is a pre- and post-reading assessment of the words that will be in each book, a maze to test reading comprehension after the story has been completed, a finish-the-sentence worksheet that helps your child learn the basic elements of language arts, a Real & Imaginary worksheet that ensures that children know the difference between what can really happen and what we can pretend happens in life, and a creative writing exercise that complements the story read.  This is a wealth of reading readiness at your fingertips.  Reluctant readers are going to thoroughly enjoy reading and studying through these magic stories and worksheets just as much as children who simple enjoy reading for reading's sake.

The Magic Stories {Allsaid & Dunn, LLC. Reviews}

You can find out even more about The Magic Stories by Allsaid & Dunn, LLC, publishers of The Reading Game and authors of the Wordly Wise series by visiting the following Social Media sites:

The Magic Stories {Allsaid & Dunn, LLC. Reviews}
And the best thing about what your students will learn?  They'll learn that reading does not take magic after all -- just a willingness to try and not give up.  In my opinion, that's a lesson we can all use in life.

Crew Disclaimer

I was given the opportunity to review The Magic Stories by Allsaid & Dunn, LLC, publishers of The Reading Game and authors of the Wordly Wise series as a member of the Homeschool Review Crew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought of these magical stories.

The Magic Stories {Allsaid & Dunn, LLC. Reviews}
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