M100W - Magic 100 Words was first released in 2000.
In recent years Magic Words® has undertaken further studies and a meta-analysis of research into high-frequency words to determine the most current set of words.
The latest research (2017), based upon the most current data, was distilled, calibrated and analysed. This resulted in the new and updated 2018 M100W - Magic 100 Words® word list.
This research has resulted in a change to the frequency of some of the words, and the order and colour grouping in which they appear.
Many schools will still have original copies of the M100W - Magic 100 Words resources. This will explain why you may have seen a difference in the words that are sent home from school (having been sourced and copied from earlier editions of the Magic 100 Words Literacy Resource Manuals and materials).
You will be able to ascertain the year of publication from the copyright symbol and date displayed on the bottom of every M100W – Magic 100 Words sheet sent home.
It is important that every child is given every opportunity to learn to read with the highest value literacy teaching strategies and resources available.
Therefore it may be necessary for some schools to update their M100W - Magic 100 Words Literacy Resources in keeping with the latest research.