Common Sense Review
Updated November 2013

Word Magic

Cute fill-in-the-blank game helps kids build spelling skills
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • Word lengths vary by level.
  • Timed rounds add another dimension to the game.
  • Kids earn flowers and other prizes for correct answers.
  • Settings help parents and teachers customize the learning process.
Pros
Colorful graphics and real kid voices motivate kids and make the game more engaging.
Cons
Only one method of gameplay may limit the time kids spend in the app.
Bottom Line
By filling in the blanks with the missing consonants, vowels, and letter combinations, kids build basic word recognition and spelling skills.
Stacy Zeiger
Common Sense Reviewer
Homeschooling parent/instructor
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Cute graphics and bright colors draw kids in. Instead of using an adult voice, various kid voices provide encouragement and instruction. Limited gameplay options may keep kids from sticking with the app for long.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Simple fill-in-the blank game allows for some customization to meet kids' needs. Learning is reinforced as kids see the word, hear the word, and see a related picture.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Parents can sign up for SmarTots, which tracks kids' use of the app. Beyond that, kids and parents or teachers must figure out the features and settings on their own.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can have students practice spellings words both individually and in a whole-class setting. Individually, students may play the game after completing their work early or during independent work time. You can also suggest Word Magic as a resource to parents who want to help their kids build spelling skills at home. The game can also serve as a diagnostic tool. If students regularly misspell certain word types, you'll know to address those words in their lessons or through other learning activities.

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What's It Like?

Word Magic is a cute, simple game designed to help kids learn how to spell. Filling in the missing letters to the words exposes kids to common spelling patterns, vowel sounds, sound combinations, and beginning and ending letters. Teachers and parents can control where the missing letters appear (at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word) to meet kids' specific needs. For example, for younger children, teachers may set the game to have kids fill in missing consonants at the beginning of short common words, such as adding the letter b to -all. Older children may fill in missing vowel sounds in the middle of words, such as selecting the letter i to insert into f-rst. As kids correctly spell words, they receive stars and positive praise from real kid voices within the app.

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Is It Good For Learning?

From the fun graphics to the little kid voices, Word Magic was designed with young kids in mind. When they correctly spell the words, preschoolers and early elementary students will beam as they receive praise and rewards. Even those who make a mistake will want to keep trying, thanks to the encouraging words from kid voices in the app. Word lengths and missing sounds vary enough to keep kids interested and ensure they practice a broad range of spelling skills. To help them remember the words, kids see the word, hear the word and view a picture related to the word. However, the game itself is limited to one mode of play -- correctly fill in the blank with the missing letter. Kids may have difficulty transferring this action to other word-building activities.

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