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Melinda Crean - Top Notch TeachingWelcome and thanks so much for being here!

My name is Mel and I’m a primary school teacher and dyslexia specialist teacher. I am passionate about K-7 education and how we can better ourselves as teachers to provide more quality opportunities for our students.

If you’re after some new ideas and support, then you’re in the right place.

Here at Top Notch Teaching you will find many practical, time saving tips and resources to help make your life as a teacher (or tutor) that little bit easier.

Mel

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This Easter theme pack is jam packed with 17 activities and worksheets that you can integrate into your teaching and learning program. Suitable for Grades 1-3, 21 pages. What you'll…

Are you teaching your kindergarten kids how to read and spell CVC words? Or maybe you’re teaching your kids blending and segmenting skills? My students love these CVC activities, games…

Do you need some go to sh activities for your kindergarten students? Or maybe you have some students who need some targeted intervention with sh words? My students love the…

This pack includes 16 different classroom jobs that you can assign to your students.  If you have more students than jobs, then you can have 2 (or more) students to…

This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching the digraph ‘th’. These activities are great for individual or small group work.  There are also posters that can…

This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games to help teach various mental math strategies. Suitable for grades 1 - 4, 27 pages. Does anyone else out there dislike…

How To Make Paper Mosaics For Kids

How To Make Paper Mosaics For Kids

Do you have lots of colorful scrap paper piles lying around in your home or class? Then making paper mosaics is the perfect craft to use up all those scraps. Paper mosaics require only a few materials and your students will create colorful patterns to display in your classroom. Fill in the from at the end…

DIY Easy Craft Idea For Kids

DIY Easy Craft Idea For Kids

This easy craft idea for kids is lots of fun and doesn’t take much to set it up either. There are only a few items that you need and the woollen webs come out looking pretty good too. Double bonus! This craft idea also ties in nicely with your arts learning area as it focuses on…

50 Paper Plate Crafts For Kids

50 Paper Plate Crafts For Kids

Making paper plate crafts in the classroom is always so much fun. There are just so many amazing ways that the humble paper plate can be used to create crafts for kids. I have pulled together some awesome paper plate crafts so you have them all in one place. As there are so many craft…

How To Teach Skip Counting

How To Teach Skip Counting

It’s interesting watching younger students learn about numbers and skip counting. I love how when they have a group of objects they must touch each one in order to count/know how many are there. My girl is now in pre-primary so she is learning more about numbers and how we use them in everyday life….

A New Method For Tackling Your To-Do List

A New Method For Tackling Your To-Do List

Are you good at managing your to-do list? Do you have a system in place for tackling all the things you need to do in a day? If you answered yes to these questions, then that’s fantastic. But, if like me you do have a to-do list, but you have trouble with getting through the…

Reading Fluency Activities

Reading Fluency Activities

Recently I came across a research report by Kerry Hempenstall that discusses the teaching of reading. The report talks about the five essential components of reading instruction and shares some of the evidence that explicit or direct instruction is the most effective teaching method for reading. The 5 components include: Phonemic awareness; Phonics; Fluency; Vocabulary;…