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My name is Mel and I’m a primary school teacher and literacy 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.

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Mel

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Do you feel overwhelmed with knowing the best way to help your students with their phonics, so that they can become successful readers and spellers? Are you struggling with the…

Do you want to make your life as a teacher easier? How the Ultimate Digraph Teaching Kit will benefit you Save you time in finding and creating your own lessons,…

***You save 30% when you buy this bundle*** There are 5 individual packs in this bundle that includes 330 pages of fun, hands on activities and games for teaching all…

At times it can be challenging to engage children during math lessons as well as provide the content needed in order to meet the demands of the curriculum. That is…

This pack includes fun, hands-on activities and games for teaching long O words. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

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

What I Learned About Teaching Literacy My First Year

What I Learned About Teaching Literacy My First Year

True Confession: My first year of teaching, I had no idea how to teach literacy. I used word lists and memorization with students and took a haphazard approach to teaching literacy. I didn’t teach the skills or conceptual knowledge my students needed to read. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t very effective. I hadn’t learned much about…

3 Easy Ways To Practice Phoneme Manipulation

3 Easy Ways To Practice Phoneme Manipulation

A few weeks ago, I talked about 3 essential reading skills that students need to master to be able to decode language. Without these skills, students will struggle with reading and spelling. That means as teachers, we need to provide specific instruction and practice in these skills. Last week, I focused in on segmenting, and before…

How To Practice Segmenting To Improve Spelling

How To Practice Segmenting To Improve Spelling

Last week we looked at teaching children the essential reading skill of blending and why that is important. Segmenting is another essential reading skill. And if you have kiddos who are doing OK with their reading, but struggling with spelling, segmenting can help them improve their spelling. On the other hand, if you’re not specifically teaching children…

How To Teach The Vital Reading Skill Of Blending

How To Teach The Vital Reading Skill Of Blending

Blending, paired with segmenting, is an important reading skill. When learning to read, students need to be able to separate out sounds and then push them together to build words. Pushing sounds together as in  /m/ /a/ /t/ = mat is called blending. So how do you teach this essential reading skill? Teach the reading…

3 Essential Reading Skills—And How To Teach Them

3 Essential Reading Skills—And How To Teach Them

Confession: As a new teacher, I often struggled to teach students to read. The main reason was that I didn’t provide students with the 3 essential reading skills. Many of the activities, techniques and strategies I used—Looking at flashcards, using a mastery folder, LSCWC—relied on students’ visual memory. There is a limit to how much…

How To Make Phonics Fun For Students

How To Make Phonics Fun For Students

What do children actually need to know to learn to read and spell? It may seem obvious, but as a new teacher, I really didn’t know how to teach reading or spelling—and I’ve met other teachers in the same boat. Kids need 3 essential skills to decode the English language: blending, segmenting and manipulation. Which do…