Essentially the words are sourced from newspapers, books and magazines and encompass the average reading of an average person in the population. Once a person has mastered these 300 words they can read on average 2/3rds of the words used in print. There are many dubious lists that are promoted by publishers of children’s readers/books to support their own particular children’s reading scheme and some word lists sourced entirely from children’s writing. These lists 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...
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.
Marcella Reiter is the author and creator of the Magic Words. She is an experienced Classroom Teacher, Education Consultant and Psychologist.
Learning the 100 most commonly occurring words in English is essential to every child's reading success.