About Magic Words

About Magic Words

The Magic Words are the most frequently occurring words in all books, readers, magazines and newspapers.

​The Magic Words have been divided into coloured levels according to their frequency - Golden Words, Red Words, Blue Words, Green Words, Orange Words, Indigo Words and Violet Words are contained in the first 100 words: Pink Words, Purple Words, Aqua Words, Lime Words and Lemon Words are the 101-200 Words and Ruby, Amber, Sapphire, Pearl and Jade are the 201-300 Words.

​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 undertook an extensive worldwide literature search of wordlists and word frequency research to source the highest quality and most current data available.

​A meta-analysis of this data was conducted involving extensive study, a robust selection criteria and high level academic rigour to determine and select the most statistically significant set of words possible. This study produced a unique compilation of words that Magic Words International was able to group into levels (colours), based upon the statistical analysis, to provide the greatest efficacy in teaching outcomes for those learning to read in English. The educational value of this unique compilation of words, in this order, and frequency, surpasses other lists published to date. This powerful list provides superior educational outcomes and is now used in over 80% of Australian Primary Schools and International Schools.

​Children who learn their Magic Words increase their reading speed, reading accuracy, increase reading fluency
and develop stronger comprehension.


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