The Magic Stories ~ REVIEW

Kaden is an excellent reader, but just for fun we have been using The Magic Stories by Allsaid & Dunn, LLC, publishers of The Reading Game and authors of the Wordly Wise series.  I have been a rock star fan of Wordly Wise every since my 1st year homeschooling.  This particular supplemental product is geared for 2nd-3rd grade readers, but I was really interested in reading these short stories myself.  We received them as a digital download along with some worksheets and the 40 Naughty word list with each story that identifies "tricky" vocabulary words.

Everyone of these stories were delightful and brought smiles on both of our faces.
  1. The Magic Hole
  2. The Magic Ax
  3. The Magic Joke
  4. The Magic Hot Dog
  5. The Magic Boots
Dim Sum inspired by The Magic Hole

Kaden's favorite story is super hard to choose he said, but The Magic Hole exercises on the worksheets were one of his favorites.  He loved the Maze.  Speaking of the worksheets that was included... the Finish the Sentence was super easy for him, but not in a boring way.  He was inspired to listen closely to the stories.  I treated it like a special reading time together.  We even decided to make some food or pick an activity to celebrate each of the little stories after we read them.  The Imagine and the Finish the Story Exercises were some of the more difficult things for him, only because creativity is hard for Kaden to wrap his head around.  But, they also allowed him to slow down and ponder just a little.  I will admit I helped more then not on these, but we worked together as much as possible.  Having a kiddo on the Autism Spectrum means making changes here and there.  We did have a lot of fun taking the Pre and Post Sight Word test of the sight words.  I know this is supposed to be a supplement, but I just want to emphasize that just because it's a supplement by no means is this not a well rounded reading program. I was really impressed with the activities included for each story.

The Magic Ax was a great story regarding a hard work.  That is an important trait we hope to grow in our kids and it came to life in this story.  Kaden can't use an ax, but he does have a knife he likes to whittle  wood we have collected from our camping trips.
The Magic Hotdog was wonderful..... and I am here to report that we went though almost a whole Costco size package of hotdogs that week.  It's funny because the boy in the story, Alfred only wants to eat hotdogs.  We could relate because there was a time not too long ago when Kaden refused to eat anything that wasn't white or beige.  
Nasty "Goblin" Slime
The Magic Boots was a funny story... the little girl wanted Pixie shoes and off they went, but was given Goblin shoes instead.  Let me just say the little girl turned into a Goblin by her actions.  Luckily all was sorted out before it was too late.  One of the Imagine exercises was really neat for Kaden to do.  He was able to make believe he was someone else and come up with likes and dislikes.  He did seem to have fun opening a big jar of creative after this story.  The last story we read so far was The Magic Box is a Rumpelstiltskin story, actually we are finishing up the activities now. One of the things Kaden is doing right now is imagining he is Rumpelstiltskin's assistant.  What would that be like?  Kaden's never heard any story before about him...I don't know how that happened, but he has had fun researching other stories out their about this particular character.

The Magic Joke is the only one we have not read yet.  But we look forward to starting in next week.  Even though the stories are fairly short the activities do take time so we have been getting through a story every week or so.  

If you are looking to supplement your child's current Reading/English curriculum this is a great addition that will give your kids great thought provoking activities.  I have seen Kaden grow creatively and even seen growth in his comprehension.  So, a win-win for this Special Needs family for sure.  I will warn that there is No Teacher/Parent lesson plan and there is minimal instruction.  I didn't have a problem with that, but some may need that structure and at this time there was none.  Make sure you Connect with The Magic Stories with Social Media!

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