About Rime Magic

Effective phonics instruction in just five minutes per day, Rime Magic is a phonics and fluency accelerator! When students who have struggled with reading and participated in reading intervention groups for years are introduced to Rime Magic, they sit right up and pay attention. They realize right away that there is something very different going on. A few minutes into the first lesson, they can see that this is going to make a difference.

Rime Magic is an innovative phonics and word-recognition system that is raising the achievement and building the confidence of K-2 readers just starting out, and 3-12 readers who have fallen behind in word recognition and need to catch up fast! Research-based and classroom-proven, Rime Magic focuses on the rime, the vowel and consonant combination that helps drive word analysis. For example, readers see the /ip/ in “slippery” and build the word out from the middle — adding the onset, the beginning consonant or consonant cluster (/sl/ in “slippery”), as well as the affix or endings (/er/ and /y/ for “slippery”).

By focusing on the rime, readers learn to see the natural segmentation patterns of the written word to “crack the code” With practice, students pick up the pace and the rimes jump out at them as they read. Confidence soars and word recognition becomes more automatic, boosting comprehension and fluency.

Rime Magic, paired with the To With By system of supported reading, takes phonics instruction to a level that makes it easily transfer to reading. Instead of practicing isolated phonics skills, students learn to see and understand the internal structure of words. After experiencing the Rime Magic system, they will no longer have to rely on “sounding out” words from beginning to end, a strategy that is most often frustrating and confusing, given the irregularity of the English language. They will begin to see words in “chunks” that make sense to them, allowing for more efficient word recognition.

The Phonics and Fluency Accelerator

  • 5-10 minute lesson each day
  • No teacher prep – just shuffle the cards
  • High student engagement
  • Positive response – no frustration
  • Huge confidence builder
  • Power and autonomy back to the students
  • Fast results



 Very short sessions with Rime Magic will make a significant difference in word recognition and fluency for students who have fallen behind. You can expect to see fast growth for most students after just a few sessions. Upper-grade students who score below a 3.0 word-recognition grade equivalent will quickly respond to Rime Magic strategies, moving closer and closer to reading grade-level text easily, able to participate successfully in reading and writing with their peers. Students with a specific learning disability can make good progress in overcoming blending difficulties and issues with letter confusion, often making enough growth to rejoin their classmates in mainstream language arts activities. No student needs to enter middle school with low word recognition!


Five to ten minutes of Rime Magic each morning will prevent your first- and second-grade students from falling behind in word recognition. You can slip a few minutes of Rime Magic into any language arts program you might be using in your classroom, and watch what happens! Students transitioning from Spanish and other languages will find English reading much more accessible and have fun in the process. Watch the engagement of your K-2 students as they discover the secret to unlocking the way words work in English! Young students who have been reluctant to focus on words will become enthusiastic participants and look forward to Rime Magic each morning. Check out the videos of first graders on Facebook and YouTube.


Students can get confused by traditional phonics rules and exceptions.


Rime Magic is experience-based—rather than memorize rules, students explore, manipulate and grasp the patterns of written language.


Some upper-grade students fall behind in word recognition and fluency.


The Rime Magic approach to phonics instruction brings fast success for students in third grade or above who have low word-recognition. Rime Magic is a phonics and fluency accelorator!


Many reading programs for early grades require hours of phonics instruction and isolated skills practice that take time away from authentic literary experiences.


The efficient, effective approach of Rime Magic gives students more time to engage in read-aloud, shared, guided and independent reading and writing to make them stronger, well-rounded readers.

Rime Magic Brochure

Here is the beautiful new Rime Magic brochure to share with teachers and administrators who are interested in fast results for their students in word recognition.

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Rime Magic Flyer

Share Rime Magic with administrators and other interested educators. Download this informative flyer about the Rime Magic approach to learn more!   Download Rime Magic flyer


CORRELATION WITH Rime Magic: Phonics-Powered Prevention and Intervention for All Students

You will find that all of the Foundational Skills, Grades K – 5, are effectively and efficiently addressed when you implement the strategies in RIME MAGIC: Phonics-Powered Prevention and Intervention for All Students.
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