Ayra is almost 5 and she’s not very interested in learning to read. She’s a spatial and visual learner, she prefers to draw than to write her alphabets. She prefers to learn the strokes of Chinese characters rather than to recognise the sound of words. A few months ago, she was still writing alphabets and words (even her name at times) in inverted form (in mirror-image). Since early this year, I started looking out for classes to send Ayra to help in reading and writing, we also attended a few trial classes together. But she doesn’t like any of the classes which were all in groups. I didn’t want to force her into doing what she doesn’t want, so I accepted that one day she will learn to read and write, now is just not her time yet.
An Invitation to Learn The Eye Level Way
Someone must have heard my woes or felt my worry, just as I was about to give up on the search for classes I received an invitation to go for a free diagnostic test and trial class with Eye Level. I accepted the invite and went to check out this place which we’d passed by many times at City Square Mall.
I did not know what Eye Level is about and have not done any research on them yet, cos I assumed they were for primary school kids. When I entered the centre for the first time, it kinda resembled much learning centre for bigger kids or a place for tuition where classrooms are filled with tables and chairs, a whiteboard and no space for group/floor activities.
The first question that came to mind – “Would Ayra be able to learn in and get used to such an environment?“
After our first visit where she did her diagnostic test with the teacher to determine which level of learning she should start at, we took our time to decide if this is what Ayra needed.
The diagnostic test result was as what I’d expected, Ayra though in K1, her language skill is of a typical 4-year-old. If she were to start at Eye Level, she’ll be working on her fundamentals phonics skill and start from Level B instead of Level C.
Level B English at Eye Level introduces beginning consonant sounds and beginning and middle short vowel sounds. The child will develop phonemic awareness and letter-sound correspondence with practice in letter writing. Ayra will also be introduced to narrative stories and informational text and develop fluency by saying letter names, letter sounds, and picture names. It sounds a little too basic for a 5-year-old, but that’s where we have to start for Ayra.
We headed back to Eye Level City Square Mall the following week for a trial class and Ayra was a little reluctant to enter the classroom on her own. But after the trial class, she looks happy and less shy when the teacher spoke to her. It took us another 2 weeks of talking and consideration before we decided to embark on a 3 month (a term) of classes with Eye Level City Square Mall.
The Eye Level Learning Method
- Fundamental English Language Arts Skills
Eye Level English consists of basic and advanced language arts and reading skills coupled with vocabulary and comprehension strategies. The program is based on language skills outlined in the state standards.
- Individualized Program
Eye Level English uses Diagnostic Tests at the beginning of the program and Level Tests at the end of each level to provide blueprints for instruction, customized to each child.
- Promotes Self-Directed Learning
Eye Level English is designed to develop the skills necessary for students to take responsibility and accountability for their own learning process.
It’s Been A Month with Eye Level
Surprisingly Ayra is now motivated to do her homework from Eye Level and is always chirpy and good spirited when she attends her weekly lesson.
The Weekly Routine at Eye Level City Square Mall
A session at Eye Level is for 45-minutes of learning. The students are taught to check-in themselves on a tablet, remove their shoes and get their own learning materials for the week before entering the classroom.
As Ayra needs lots of guidance to complete the activities, she gets more one-to-one time with the teacher in class. For learners who are independent, they will be briefed by the teacher on what they are learning that week, and they will move to their own table to do self-directed learning. Teacher is present to facilitate learning and provide guidance when necessary. Before the child leave, the teacher will give feedback on the submitted homework and the week’s lesson.
Ayra’s Learning Progress
It has been more than a month since Ayra started learning English with Eye Level. Though she is still far from being a reader, she is now more aware of the sound of words and is more willing to learn on her own even when at home.
Ayra needs more exposure to reading and writing, and I have a very big role to play and gap to fill. Admit that I’m a lazy mum who rather spend time playing with the girls than to teach them to read and write. I think both my husband and I are the relax kind of parents, our mentality is that the girls will do well and learn when they are ready. They are still young and should be enjoying their childhood and play.
Though we were both trained and experienced educators, but teaching primary school kids and pre-schoolers are not the same. More so with the teaching of other people’s children vs teaching our own! I think we got to figure out this whole learning routine in our home soon.
Get 20% off first 3 months of lesson at Eye Level
Eye Level will be at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 403-406, Booth C31 & C32, for Rise & Shine Festival 2016, from 12 to 14 August 2016.
There will be a 20% off for first three months, for all subjects, during the three days event, exclusively at Rise & Shine Festival only.
If you are looking for a place where your child gets to learn at his/her own pace and get trained to be self-directed learners, go find out more at Rise & Shine Festival and talk to the teachers.
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Eye Level Singapore
Address : 180 Kitchener Road #B2-02 Singapore 208539
Total of 19 centres in Singapore, find their location here.
Facebook : www.facebook.com/eyelevel.singapore
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : +65 6509 1317
Subject : Math / English / Play Math / English Sparks
Opening Hours : Wed: 1.30pm to 8pm / Thurs – Fri: 2.30pm – 8pm / Sat: 9.30am – 6pm / Sun: 9.30am to 1pm
Disclaimer: Ayra is sponsored a term of lesson with Eye Level for purpose of finding out more about the learning centre and for sharing of our experience with them. All opinions are our own.