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

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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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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Suitable for Grades K – 2, 24 pages. Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your…

Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading, writing and spelling words that contain digraphs. What you’ll get…

Suitable for Grades K - 2, 27 pages. Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your…

Suitable for Grades K - 2, 26 pages. Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your…

My students love playing games especially the digraph ch bingo game, which is always a hit! Whether you're looking for new activities for teaching digraphs to your kindergarten students or…

Have your students practice their use of punctuation with these adorable Punctuation Posters. Each poster includes an explanation of the punctuation type as well as examples of how the punctuation…

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….

A New Phonics Program: Is It Right For You?

A New Phonics Program: Is It Right For You?

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? You’re not alone. Each week I have a large number of people contact me asking for my help. It seems many of you want to implement a good quality synthetics…

How To Select Reading Books Your Students Will Love

How To Select Reading Books Your Students Will Love

Do you use decodable reading books with your beginning readers? Or with those students who are struggling? Unfortunately, many of the schools that I have worked in do not have any decodable books available to use with their beginning readers (or struggling readers). And I think in many cases the teachers are not actually sure…

Benefits Of Reading: 17 Tremendous Reasons To Read Daily

Benefits Of Reading: 17 Tremendous Reasons To Read Daily

There are numerous studies out there that share the benefits of reading. Some of those benefits include improved sleep, increased vocabulary and it helps to reduce stress. But what are some reasons for kids to read? How can we encourage children to pick up a book and read? When I asked my Little Miss 6…

5 Free First Day Of School Activities

5 Free First Day Of School Activities

Are you excited about heading back for the first day of school? It’s always a bit chaotic, but there is definitely a buzz of excitement in the air. After the buzz dies down and the parents leave, what do you do next? There are all the usual type of activities, such as talking about expectations…

A Glimpse Of The Back To School Super Bundle

A Glimpse Of The Back To School Super Bundle

It’s that time of year again when many of us fearless teachers are heading back to school. It’s an exciting time for both the kids and the teachers, but it can also be a little scary and as a teacher you may feel somewhat apprehensive. I’ve found that one way you can help ease those…