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There’s no point reinventing the wheel….right! Here you will find many pages of free printables and worksheets, lesson plans, games, activities and general ideas that I have developed for my own teaching. The ideas here are suitable for the primary years (K-7).

I hope you find the ideas useful and they help make your life as a teacher that little bit easier.

28 Valuable Math Tips To Improve Student Motivation

28 Valuable Math Tips To Improve Student Motivation

Too often when I talk to children about their favourite and least favourite subjects at school I hear that maths is mentioned as the least favourite subject. When I question children as to why, general responses range from “it’s boring”, “when am I going to use this?” and “it’s too hard.” I feel it is…

21 Of The Best Maths Strategies All In One Place

21 Of The Best Maths Strategies All In One Place

One of the most popular topics here on Top Notch Teaching is that of teaching math. It’s also an area that I’m passionate about. I’ve published plenty of posts on the topic over the years but to help you find them I’ve pulled together 21 of the most popular maths strategies and games and listed…

5 Free Spelling And Reading Games

5 Free Spelling And Reading Games

Are you after some fun reading games and spelling games to incorporate into your literacy program? Reading and spelling games are a fun and engaging way to help your students revise and consolidate what has been learned. I have found that using games is a great way to not only begin a lesson, but it’s…

4 Useful Strategies To Improve Phoneme Manipulation

4 Useful Strategies To Improve Phoneme Manipulation

In the last few weeks we’ve been looking at some of the essential skills children need in order to decode the English language. Specifically I’ve shared activities and ideas for teaching blending and segmenting. Today I’m going to share with you some of the ways I help students improve the essential skill of phoneme manipulation….

5 Practical Ways To Help Students Improve Their Spelling

5 Practical Ways To Help Students Improve Their Spelling

Do you have students in your class who are doing okay with their reading, but they have so much trouble with spelling? And you’re not really sure what else you can do to help them improve their spelling? Don’t worry you’re not alone. I see lots of kids in the literacy clinic who are the…

6 Helpful Activities To Teach The Skill Of Blending

6 Helpful Activities To Teach The Skill Of Blending

Over the past few weeks we’ve been delving into books, reading and how we can better teach children to read and spell. We first looked at 17 amazing reasons to read, followed by decodable books and what they are and then a specific phonics program you can use to teach children to read and spell….