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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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Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students revise and practice words during phonics time? Then these phonics board games are just for you. Suitable for…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students learn CVC words? These phonics games are designed to be used in conjunction with your phonics / spelling…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students revise and practice words during phonics time? Then these phonics board games are just for you. Suitable for…

The objective of this 2D shape bingo and poster pack is to help your students identify, name and describe two dimensional shapes.  Suitable for Grades K-3, 51 pages. What you’ll…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students revise and practice words during phonics time? Then these phonics board games are just for you. Suitable for…

It’s that time of year again when many of us fearless teachers are heading back for a new school year. It’s an exciting time for both the kids and the…

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…

How To Pair Books With Phonics Games

How To Pair Books With Phonics Games

Imagine getting a student excited about reading, giving them a game to play—and having all of it focus on particular phonics skills. When you pair the right books with phonics games, you can engage kids and really hit home with particular sound skills. I’ve had good results with PhonicBooks for getting kids to read, and with…

3 Ways To Encourage The Joy Of Reading

3 Ways To Encourage The Joy Of Reading

Sometimes we get so caught up in getting students over hurdles to reading that the joy of reading goes out the window. And yet, the joy of reading is so important to get and keep kids reading. If you’ve ever had a reluctant or struggling reader say, “Can I read more?” you know the power…

3 Effective Reading Fluency Strategies And Free Tools

3 Effective Reading Fluency Strategies And Free Tools

First off, what is reading fluency—and why does it matter? According to the Primary National Strategy (2006), reading fluency is the ability to read Accurately Quickly Expressively In order for students to be fluent and independent readers, they need to achieve automaticity. That means reading about 80 words correct per minute using an age appropriate text….

How To Find The Best Phonics Activities

How To Find The Best Phonics Activities

Is your phonics plan pulled together as you need new ideas and activities? When I first started my teaching journey I didn’t have a clue how to teach kids how to read and spell. I tried a bit of a mixed bag approach, mostly made up of whole language strategies. I used activities such as…

3 Ways To Use Literacy Games In The Classroom

3 Ways To Use Literacy Games In The Classroom

You know what they say about all work and no play. That’s quite true in the classroom. While some may think of games as distractions or a break from real learning, literacy games actually serve an important purpose in learning. Games are engaging, which makes them a perfect way to introduce a lesson, practice concepts,…