Innovative Ideas In Education, LLC

Innovative Ideas In Education, LLC


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Innovative Ideas in Education, LLC is a tutoring business that provides private instruction, small group instruction, currently using Zoom for all sessions, which are tailored to meet the educational needs of your student(s).

10 Picture Books to Inspire Children to Get Outside and Explore | Brightly Brimming with adventure and joy, these tales will make your whole family want to put down the screens, head outdoors, and explore the beauty of nature.

Practicing simple addition and subtraction can be fun and challenging with this easy-to-make ice cube tray sorter.

How to Make the game: Write the numbers in the tray sections. Write addition and subtraction problems on white pieces of construction paper. I write addition problems in red ink and subtraction problems in blue ink. Make the cards self-correcting by writing the answers small and lightly in pencil on the reverse side of each card.

How to Play the game: Spread the cards out problem side up on a flat surface. Have your child/student read each problem aloud. Provide counters if necessary. Use food like chunks of carrots or goldfish, where appropriate, for counters. You can use Legos or macaroni for counters too. Anything that is not a choking hazard and tactile can be used for counting. It’s important children/students visually make the sets and see the sets being joined together or taken away. This helps with understanding.

Tell the child/student to find each cards’ answer and place it in the section that contains the number that represents the answer to the problem. Variations: This can be done with other mathematical operations such as multiplication for example .

Helping Students Cope with Change and Disruption Our country, our schools, and our students are facing incredible adversity right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has already produced the largest disturbance our school system has ever seen. Schools shut their doors to in-person learning this spring, quickly entering the tumultuous, uncharted territory o...

Here is a video of a summer learning tub that I created for a student who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall.

If you would like to rent a learning tub for your child, I create them fir students grades preschool through 8 th grade.

PM me for details. Learning rubs are interactive and literacy based.

The 50 Best Books for 11- and 12-Year-Olds | Brightly What are the best books for 11- and 12-year-olds? Our experts chose these great titles that appeal to a range of preteen interests, backgrounds, and moods.

11 YA Books That Highlight the Importance of Friendship | Brightly Friendship is everything in your teens. Part of that is simply developmental — it’s the time when we begin to develop our own sense of self, apart from our families, and friends are a vital part of that shift. These 11 books about friendship help us answer those questions.

Lakeshore Learning has plastic, alphabet beads for hands-on, fun, summer literacy activities. Try these ideas.

Have your child make a name necklace by spelling his/her name with the beads. Using a the thumb and index finger to pick up letters and feed them onto a pipe cleaner or string takes control of those muscles. Activities like this are perfect for strengthening those muscles needed to hold a pencil.

Practice sight words and strengthen fine motor muscles by having your child spell the word by putting the letters onto a pipe cleaner. This takes eye-hand coordination and focus. Activities like this help develop your child’s visual discrimination skills.

Make word cards for your child to copy when they are first learning the sight words. Talk about the letter sounds and emphasize the order of the letters in each word in the correct sequence. Say the letter’s name as it is placed on the pipe cleaner. Pipe cleaners are stiff and provide a stable surface for the letters. They can also be twisted to make a bracelet.

Make simple sentences with words that have been spelled. Have your child point to each word as they read the sentence from left to right. This teaches one-to-one correspondence as one word is read and a breath is taken between words. This also teaches left-to-right orientation along with where to begin reading a sentence and when to finish the sentence.

Have your child make a necklace for a friend spelling a message like, “my sweet friend.”

The letters are available in upper or lower case sets.

Help strengthen your child's fine motor skills this summer with model magic. Ask them to roll a snake. Use scissors to cut sections of the snake. Make the numbers 1-6 out of model magic and allow them to dry. Place the cut sections of the snake beneath the appropriate number. Use the model magic for practicing addition and subtraction. Remember to place the unused portion of model magic in a ziplock bag so that it can last about a week for more manipulative fun.

Why Kids Should Work on a Vertical Surface

Parents ask me often why Easel activity is important for a young child's development. Here's a great article. The occupational therapists I work with frequently encourage kids to work on a vertical surface and here's why...

Summer Reading: Book Lists and Tips for Every Age | Brightly Brightly has everything you need to get your family ready for summer reading. Find great summer reading lists and tips for all ages, book-inspired activities to entertain kids, funny audiobooks for families on the go, and so much more.

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The Most Exciting Kids' Books of 2020 | Picture Books | Brightly The lineup of new picture books coming out in 2020 is jam-packed with uplifting, positive, and encouraging stories.

How to Read Aloud to a Child That Won’t Sit Still | Brightly If your child struggles to pay attention or sit still while you’re reading together, here are five tips that may help.

Paint rocks like ladybugs. Then, use the rocks to help your child practice math facts.

[06/12/20]   I came across an awesome resource for students grades 5-8 from Teachers Pay Teachers. It's an Interactive Dictionary created by The SuperHERO Teacher. Her printable resources for teaching students about figurative language and literary devices. It's engaging and creative. Check it out at These affordable activities are well worth investigating.

How to Create an Outline for Kids

This is a great resource for teaching students how to outline.

In this video, you'll learn how to create an outline to help plan your writing!

A Summer Learning Tub

Here is an example of a summer learning tub designed for a student entering Kindergarten in the fall. These activities are part of a Zoom series of sessions. They are on loan to the student's family and accompany Zoom lessons so that the student is actively engaged in the learning process. If you are intersted in what Innovative Ideas in Education, LLC can do for your child this summer, contact us on this page through messaging or call 703-729-3244 for more details. Tubs vary depending on the goals and age of each student. Binders are designed with learning activities and are included with each tub. Prices vary depending on services provided.

Here is a simple activity that creatively helps children practice being observant. Observation is the key to developing visual discrimination skills. Visual discrimination helps students to see the difference between a lower case "d" for example and a lower case "b." Here's how you can make this simple game inspired by Sesame Street, and "One of these things is not like the other game."

Words to the song: One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn't belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the other? Which one doesn't belong? Your child can point to the object with a pointer or ruler. Ask your child to tell you why the object doesn't belong. This will develop their language skills by encouraging them to use descriptive words and concept words like "triangle" to explain their choice.

Use a variety of patterned or solid papers, stickers, and fabric to create pages where students have to think about shape, color, and size in order to identify which object doesn't belong. Sing the song if you know it while you help your child look carefully at each page of objects. Have them talk about what they see. Have them describe the shapes and colors.

This book is created with construction paper for the actual book pages, various designs of cut paper, and two metal rings. Other supplies needed include a hole punch, any kind of adhesive and scissors. PM me for more creative learning ideas.

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Books for Budding Chefs: 10 Great Cookbooks for Kids | Brightly

Happy cooking with kids! If you have a budding chef who not only wants to help out in the kitchen but also wants a cookbook of their own, these 10 are definite winners.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Passages | Education to the Core

This looks worthwhile. Total Pages: 720 "Practically 1st Grade" Passages Preview 1st Grade Passages Preview 2nd Grade Passages Preview 3rd Grade Passages Preview  

Let's Make Art

This is a lot of fun and rewarding. Check it out.

Let's Make Art Matter Lettering: Join Us For Lettering For Minda!

Join us for a Live Let's Make Art Matter for Minda, with Nicole!

Cracking the code on curiosity

This is a good website.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats…and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

📚 Kids Book Read Aloud: A BAD CASE OF STRIPES by David Shannon

Do you ever worry about what other people think of you? Camilla Cream worried A LOT about what people thought of her and her body reacted to her thoughts in ...

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Lesson idea: create a class book with different letters from other things in the classroom

Storytime - Songs and Rhymes About Rain

Librarian Heather Williams from Ashburn Library leads interactive songs and rhymes all about rain. Welcome song: We clap and sing hello. We clap and sing hel...

Let's Make Art

They are a wonderful company.

Let's Make Art provides what every creative person needs -- supplies, support, and someone to share it with!

Hang out with Let's Make Art if you like free art tutorials, art boxes filled with curated supplies, and the best art community around.

The Most Exciting Kids' Books of 2020 | Picture Books | Brightly The lineup of new picture books coming out in 2020 is jam-packed with uplifting, positive, and encouraging stories.

Printables and Activities for Bird Lovers | Brightly

These activities are great. I love the Brightly website! We've rediscovered the joy in birdwatching over the last few weeks and find it's a great activity to do with kids! Keep the fun going with these printables and activities, from coloring sheets to step-by-step instructions for making a bird feeder.

This summer I will be offering Zoom reading and writing workshops. I'm planning to Zoom with individual students or in small groups if your child would like to participate with a friend. I also will continue to offer 1 hour Zoom tutoring sessions.

Private message me for package options and pricing. Prices vary depending on the duration and type of activity.

Some of the offerings include a novel study and journaling, writing workshops focusing on literary elements such as plot, character, setting and point of view, creating games based on a novel, poetry journaling and more. Ages 5-12 welcome.

We would discuss your goals for your child as well as his/her interests, and strengths. A workshop package would be designed for the individual child or group and presented to for your approval. Workshops are paid in full ahead of time and not refundable. However, make ups would be offered.

New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills What happens to our brains ‘on art’? New studies—often backed by brain imaging technology—are beginning to dial in on the answers.

The Importance of The Creative Arts for Children and Teens

Support the Arts How involvement in art, music and drama can improve achievement in basic learning skills.

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