Rime Magic Works!

These reading intervention teachers are excited about the fast results they are seeing when they use Rime Magic.  Students who have fallen behind in word recognition catch up fast in just a few sessions! See more Rime Magic videos about reading success at  Rime Magic Videos!


More Testimonials

“So magical! I’ve got kids who are reading Wind and the Willows because of Magic Rimes! A parent came to me and asked, “What happened? We were struggling with The Cat in the Hat and now all of a sudden, we’re reading Pinocchio!”

Megan Hill Waldorf teacher Napa, California

“Wow! That cat [fifth-grade student] sat up like he was on adrenalin! He’s been asleep all year!”

Raymond Nat Turner Tutor and Performance Artist Berkeley, CA

“We began by piloting one Rime Magic kit with a struggling 2nd grade reading group. In spite of working with a highly experienced Title I reading specialist and their classroom teacher, they were not independently solving challenging words and this prevented them from moving ahead in their literacy journey. After a few short weeks, the results from using Rime Magic with this group were so powerful that other specialists and teachers from Kindergarten through 6th grade were asking for their own kits! A seasoned Title I Kindergarten teacher is no less than amazed at the affect Rime Magic is having on her class in reading and writing. A special education teacher who works with challenged 5th graders is thrilled to watch his students spell ‘big words’ and decode words in text with confidence for the first time. After seeing the small group shifts in spelling and decoding using just five minutes of Rime Magic a day, classroom teachers in K and 1 decided to begin their morning message with Rime Magic. One teacher commented that it’s a literacy warm up for the brain—and a great way to start the day for a classroom full of kids!  We can see tangible shifts in both reading and writing in our ELL students as well as our struggling readers. We’re now using Rime Magic in Tiers I,2, and 3 instruction from Kindergarten through 6th grade and thrilled with the results. I highly recommend using Rime Magic with your students. It’s a very powerful five minutes of phonics instruction that will support all of your readers and writers.”

Ellen O. Lewis, Reading Recovery Teacher and Literacy Consultant. Springfield, VA

“I have been a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach for many years. This winter, I purchased 14 Rime Magic Kits and Power Paks (Scholastic) for the three-tier intervention model in our K-2 school of 270 children.  Utilizing a 3-5 minute lesson each day (that’s it), the children are making amazing progress solving multi-syllabic words!  What makes this intervention powerful and effective is the focus on immersion into word solving by simply practicing from both an encoding and decoding direction in a logical, fun manner.  It is not a rules- based program that leaves challenged decoders scratching their heads at word difficulties trying to recall a rule and apply it.  I highly recommend Rime Magic for individual students, small groups as well as whole class.”

Mrs. Rosemary Rancourt, M.Ed., Reading/Writing Specialist, Berlin Public Schools, Brown School

“Before Magic Rimes, my students were reluctant to come to class. Now they come on time and are so excited! They are seeing the rimes inside the words and they’re not afraid to spell words anymore when they write!”

Shakila Amin Grad Tutor (tutor for EL students) El Cerrito, CA

“I can’t believe how much progress Travon has made! He didn’t know the alphabet when he started third grade! Now look at him!”

Andrea Richards Third grade teacher Hayward, CA

“What a difference Rime Magic makes with English Learners who have fallen significantly behind in word recognition! The Magic Rime sequence will erase the gap in word recognition forthwith.”

Angela Barra ELL Coach/Consultant West Contra Costa School District

“Based on our school-wide data, students who participated in Sharon Zinke’s reading intervention made significant academic gains based on their CST performance data. Seventy percent of the students participating in the intervention groups made at least one proficiency level increase and 30% made two proficiency level increases. They moved from Far Below Basic to Basic within six months of participation. It’s phenomenal how much progress our students have made in such a short time. It’s amazing!”

Kim Watts Principal, Lorin Eden Elementary School Hayward, CA

“My middle school students were empowered with Sharon Zinke’s strategies. The students who sit at the back of the class and never say anything, are so excited when they realize that they can read books they never thought they could read. I’ve seen them jump right out of their seats with enthusiasm and new success.”

Alma Owens Reading Intervention Teacher King Middle School Berkeley, CA

“As a literacy coach in an urban school, using Sharon Zinke’s strategies addresses the diverse needs of my students. In a matter of weeks, children increased their accuracy, fluency and spelling skills in a fun yet effective way. This book is a must- read for classroom teachers, literacy coaches , special ed. teachers and reading specialists!”

Hazelle Fortich Literacy Coach Berkeley Unified School District

“As an Oakland high school teacher (originally from London) I truly feel Sharon Zinke is The Queen of Literacy Teachers. Thanks to Sharon Zinke – my students understand what they need to do while reading. Incredible results for my low-functioning readers!”

Manzar Saddique Physics Teacher, Oakland International High School Oakland, CA

“This is working! My guys love it – they never get tired of it! Magic Rimes is the best strategy I have learned in the past ten years that I have added to my toolbox for helping struggling readers. It engages even the most reluctant students and helps English Learners and students with learning differences quickly gain decoding skills and the confidence they need to see themselves as readers. I can’t recommend Magic Rimes enough to those who work with students who need to learn decoding skills.”

Sue Mitsuno M.Ed. Learning Specialist El Cerrito, CA

“I have never seen Charlie spell a word like that. It gave me chills! It’s fantastic!”

Tova Halpern Fourth grade teacher El Cerito, CA

“Sharon Zinke’s Magic Rimes are a simple yet powerful strategy that teachers will soon find to be an essential addition to their intervention toolbox. Both new and experienced teachers will appreciate the ease of incorporating Magic Rimes into their teaching and will be impressed with the accelerated progress of their most struggling readers. or … Sharon Zinke IS Magic!”

Marykate McGoldrick Resource Specialist Berkeley, CA

Perfect solution for dyslexic students! Sharon Zinke’s book, Rime Magic, is truly magic! Her strategies really make an enormous difference for those middle school students with learning disabilities who have given up being able to spell or read unfamiliar, multi-syllabic words. I have used her techniques with exciting success with my students who have stalled in their reading development; students who have come to me in middle school reading and writing at the 1st and 2nd grade levels now are able to read and write as a result of Sharon’s breakthrough ideas. Her book is filled with practical, easy to understand strategies which you can put into practice immediately and get results- students become so excited and motivated when they see the improvement they’re making. Sharon’s techniques give our struggling students hope for the first time!!

Susan Ryan Middle School RSP Berkeley, CA

My go-to decoding resource!, Rime Magic truly works! The program is quick, inexpensive, and easy for teachers to use and implement. I have been using the program with four struggling decoders at varying ages at my school. Rime MagicTM is an intervention strategy that allows the students to feel successful at reading and make progress in decoding over a short period of time (even students who have been struggling with decoding for years). My students come to intervention with smiles on their faces and beg me to keep the activities going longer!

Laura Weiss Reading Intervention Teacher Oakland, CA