Word Magic

LQ: 8.5

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Brain grade: 8.8
Fun score: 8.2

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 3–6 Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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Word Magic is an early level reading game designed for iOS where players are given a word with a missing letter. From four letters at the bottom of the screen, players must choose the letter that appropriately finishes the word. There are four different modes of play, and a timed mode where players must solve as many words as they can wiyhin sixty seconds. Whimsical graphics accompany each words, helping players improve their word association skills, as well. Word Magic keeps track of all correct and incorrect answers, allowing players to accurately gauge their progress as they get more familiar with the game. While there are only a few free words to play in Word Magic Lite, the full version of the game gives players access to over 100 words — and it’s only $.99. Word Magic is a great way for young learners to become better spellers and readers. We recommend it for children ages 3 through 6.

 


this game is good for kids who need help with:

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in her mind while working.

Because there are a finite number of different words to choose from, players will find that there are some repeats. But for the working memory, this is a good thing. Repetition helps players strengthen their word association skills, but also makes it much easier for them to commit the words from the app directly to memory. In order to use the app to their advantage, it's important that players experiment with the three different modes of play. In each mode either the first, middle, or last letter of the word will be missing. Players who master all three styles of play will be better versed when it comes to actually writing or spelling out the words that the app provides. If player use the variety options that the game provides, they will eventually commit the correct spelling of the entire word to memory.

Time Management

Being efficient and aware of our use of time and effort.

There is a timed mode in Word Magic. Here, players get sixty seconds to fill in as many blanks as they can. Timed play is a mix of the three different game modes, so for younger players it will prove a bit of a challenge. It’s important then that players get enough practice in untimed play. Once they are familiar enough with the words, they will be better prepared to solve them quickly. Like most time management-specific games, players have to balance speed with accuracy in order to maximize their score. This is good practice for when it comes time to take timed standardized test, where speed and precision are equally important.

 

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