Our Learning Experience with Eye Level Singapore at City Square Mall

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.

Eye Level at City Square Mall, Basement 2

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.

Zara accompanying Ayra while she completes her Eye Level home activity, the little one learns too!

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.

Logging in (and out) for classes at Eye Level.
Part of the training to be independent learners here at Eye Level.

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.

With her teacher from her second session with Eye Level.

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.

After a month, Ayra’s smiling when she go for her classes with Eye Level.

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.
Website: http://www.myeyelevel.com/
Facebook : www.facebook.com/eyelevel.singapore
Email : citysquaremall@myeyelevel.com
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.

Family Time Indulging Yummy Wings, Sushi Making and Creative Session at City Square Mall

And we are back to City Square Mall again! Not just cause we were invited to, even if we aren’t invited, we go there almost every month on our own. Because its just so convenient getting there by train from home. So what got us all excited this second round of fun trail around the mall? Because we were in for great family time indulging yummy wings, sushi making and a creative session at City Square Mall.

First stop: to fill up our tummies! 

It was my 3rd time at Wingstop and I knew exactly what I wanted to order form their menu. But that day, even before we arrived, they have everything planned out for us. And boy the amount of wings that were served stopped my pumping heart. We almost had all their 10 flavors served in the same sitting, I had to stop them from pushing out more when our tables were already filled. Can you spot which are our favourites?

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When I crave for wings, there are only 2 places I would go to and Wingstop is one of them. Just because I cannot get enough of their Mango Habanero and their limited time only Kacap Manis! And we will always order their fried mushrooms too because they are super juicy and nice.

Do you know?

Wingstop is originated from Texas in 1994 and has more than 700 restaurants open across the United States, Mexico, Russia and Asia which includes Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and the UAE.

Wingstop is widely known for freshly made, piping hot chicken wings that are sauced and tossed in your choice from their 10 mouth-watering flavors. They offer two variations for their wings – Classic Wings with no additional flour batter or breading. Just skin-on wings fried to perfection, sauced and tossed. And the Boneless Wings, 100% succulent boneless leg meat lightly breaded and fried to be crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

For those who likes to get all messy and finger-licking goodness, go for their Classic Wings. For those like me who prefer to keep our hands clean, I’ll go with the Boneless Wings every time!

Wing Stop at City Square Mall, Basement 1
Wing Stop at City Square Mall, Basement 1

After we got our tummies VERY filled, we proceeded to the upper level for our very first sushi making workshop with Genius R Us. That was the first time we headed up to that level at City Square Mall. We usually end our shopping at level 4 for Daiso, quick munch at the food court and then some play time at Time Zone.

Genius R Us is an enrichment centre that offers children unique learning experiences through Kidz Can Bake!, Tots Can Bake!, and Kidz Can Craft! series of workshops and concept birthday parties. Their workshops are tailored to bring out the genius in every child and orientated towards uncovering the child’s innate talents through the process of creative learning and self-discovery.

Set up in 2002, Genius R Us have been actively engaging the community and to date, they have created learning experiences to more than 75,000 happy children through their many workshops and camps.

Our experience that day was with their mini-workshop series for Sushi Making. We took these…

and made them into these!

Yes all 5 of us made our own sushi boxes that day. And the girls sure had fun creating and learning the steps. They don’t normally eat sushi but that day they ate those which they made on their own! I was surprised!

Guess they wanted to enjoy their fruit of labour after all the hard work they put into making their sushis.

There was also a party happening that day and I got to take a quick shot of their party room setup.

If you are keen to find out about their workshops and party packages, go check out http://www.geniusrus.com/.

And last but not least, we had an hour of hands-on painting and colouring class with Global Art at level 4. They just moved in not long ago and already have got many students signed up for classes. If you are interested in their programs, can check out http://www.globalart.com.sg/.

That day the big girls got to try our hands with acrylic painting with palette knife while the little girls explored shading and doodling with their instructor. It was an hour of fun yet stressful time for the big girls as we were unsure of what we were doing since it was the first time we tried this style of painting.

The little girls doing their own pieces of art.
While the two big girls struggled with their palette knifes and got their hands all stained with acrylic paint.

After trial and error and lots of touch-up, we were all very happy with our pieces of art! It was in fact not so bad and of course the instructors were all very proud of our creations. big grin

The mother and daughter’s creations.
The mangosteen by Ayra.
The mangosteen by Ayra.

It was indeed an awesome family fun and bonding time that day at City Square Mall. A different experience from our usual shopping and eating and rushing kids out of toy stores kinda day.

Thank you City Square Mall and the above mentioned tenants for hosting us that day. We will be back!

Meet Spongebob, Patrick Star, Squidward and Plakton at City Square Mall Before They Get Washed Away

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob SquarePants of course! He and his friends are here in Singapore and you must go catch them live on stage before the pack up and return under the sea.

From now till 20 December 2015, catch SpongeBob SquarePants Krabby Patty Celebration ‘Live’ On Stage at City Square Mall Level 1 Atrium. Show time at 2pm and 7pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 1pm, 4pm and 7pm for Saturday and Sunday. No shows on Monday ok!

The 15 to 20 minutes performance tells the story of a special day for SpongeBob and friends as they celebrate the best sandwich in Bikini Bottom – the Krabby Patty! The adventure sets sail as SpongeBob prepared to celebrate the Krabby Patty and everyone is invited to the party. Expect loads of sea-antics and even learn to do the Krabby Patty Dance moves from SpongeBob himself! For super fans of SpongeBob and friends, you can get a Meet & Greet pass to go on stage after the show to take photos with the characters with minimum of $50 spent. Remember to exchange your pass one hour prior to each show. Limited to just 50 passes per show.

After the grooving with SpongeBob and friends, head outdoor to SpongeBob Playland at Level 1 City Green Park. We missed checking out the playland when we were there as it was raining! We will be back soon to snap lots of photos and partake in the activities at SpongeBob Playland. You can exchange for an activity pass at the Level 2 Customer Service Counter with minimum spend of $30. Activities are suitable for children age 3 and above, though I’m sure Zara would still be thrilled to play the mini-games, jump in the SpongeBob’s Super Bouncer and snap lots of funny photos in the Pineapple House. Check out these cool giant structure over at Alvinology feature of the SpongeBob Playland.

Here are some shots taken during the stage show with SpongeBob SquarePants and friends.

Pre-show interaction with audience.
Ayra was delighted to see SpongeBob come on stage. The girls were introduced to these underwater creators by their Ayah who’s a big fan of the silly Patrick Star.
The funny trio dancing and spinning around the stage.
SpongeBob doing his thing irritating Squidward as usual.
Spot Plankton as he pops in and out of the stage doing his evil things throughout the performance.
And there’s the captain who tells the story. I feel he should speak up a little more, I could hardly make out what he was saying in his soft pirate voice.

“Don’t miss the show ok! Must catch them at least once while you still can!”

Imagine Zara saying that in her pose.

A Fun Day on Mother’s Day at less than $150 PLUS a beautiful gift for you

Mother’s Day is around the corner, if you (the husband) are still not ready with a fun day out with the mother of your kids and your precious cheeky monkies, here’s an itinerary for your consideration. And we have got a beautiful bouquet for you to win!

Budget of $150 is good for 2 kids and 2 adults, like our family! And all activities can be done under one roof at City Square Mall.

12pm: Play and fun time with your family at The Petite Park

Entry per child is $18 for 2 hours of play, so for a family of four, you’ll spend $36 here. Your wife gets to sit and chill watching you (the husband) chasing your little ones around in the park. I believe she would love this break and probably enjoying the comical exchange while you play along with your kids at the park. Make her laugh! We’ve been there a couple of times, read about them here.

1pm/2pm: Lunch at Super Dario Lasagne

Here you’ll spend about $45 for 3 pieces of lasagne that super be enough for 2 adults and 2 kids, drinks and desserts. This is probably a better option than having fast (fried) food since its healthier. Read our experience here.

2/3pm: Have some family games at TimeZone

TimeZone is not just a arcade game kind of place, they have many family friendly games and machines too. You can dance off with your kids to children’s songs, shoot some ducks, throw some balls, paint some pictures and take family photos together at the photo booth.

You’ll spend about $30 to $50 for about an hour or so of stress free family fun time at TimeZone.

3pm/4pm: Sweet Treats at Milk & Honey

Take a break and relax with artisan yogurt at Milk & Honey. Try their Healthy Mix for a well balanced of sweet and sour, or go all out with Chocolate Divine and hit the sugar rush! Desserts for the whole family to share will cost about $30-$40. Read our experience here.

4pm/5pm: Pick up a pretty bouquet from Far East Flora at Basement 1
This gift is not included in the $150 budget set for the family day out at City Square Mall, but we’ve got a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers for one lucky follower! Details below…

Pick out the most suitable flowers for the mother of your child at Far East Flora. Here’s a quick guide to the meaning behind the common gifting flowers:

  • Roses – Beauty and love
  • Tulips – Declaration of love
  • Orchids – Elegance and beauty
  • Lilies – Elegance, beauty and sweetness
  • Carnations – Symbol of a Mother’s eternal love
  • Sunflower – Warmth, appreciation and gratitude

From Your Sunshine

Get an additional 10% off the Mother’s Day collection, applicable on top of current sale prices on FarEastFlora.com‘s website, when you use the code “TLMMday15” during checkout! *Promotion is not valid in conjunction with other promotions, discounts, coupons or privileges. Delivery charges and other T&Cs apply.

The Loving Mum Giveaway!

For The Loving Mum readers and Instagram followers, here’s your chance to win your mother/wife the beautiful “From Your Sunshine” bouquet (worth $89.90) from Far East Flora. Follow the following simple steps to participate! Giveaway ends 30 April 2015, Thursday at 2359 hours!

Step 1: Follow @claudia10 on Instagram.
Step 2: Repost this giveaway on Instagram (your account must be set to public to qualify)
Step 3: Tag the repost with “@claudia10 #thelovingmumgiveaway with @fefcom

Winner will be picked at random on 1 May 2015 and announced on Instagram. Collection of the bouquet will be at Far East Flora, City Square Mall between 3 to 10 May 2015. Winner must collect the prize in person.

This post is made possible by City Square Mall, The Loving Mum and family were invited for a fun day to celebrate Mother’s Day at City Square Mall. Prize for this giveaway is sponsored by Far East Flora.

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

Where does one go for authentic Italian Lasagne in Singapore? Like common people in Singapore, we’ll probably go to a pizzeria or some restaurants which serves usually one kind of lasagne. There are so much more you can put between those slices of lasagne and cheese, and that’s what Super Dario Lasagne is set up to offer.

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

Located on level 4 of City Square Mall, opposite Daiso, those who frequent the place would probably have smelled the freshly basked lasagne from their shop.

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

They have a wide variety of options from the usual beef and chicken, you can also have the option of vegetarian and even bak kwa in your lasagne. Every tray prepared fresh and baked in their kitchen.

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

Zara was chomping down the vegetarian lasagne on her own that day. Digging into them non-stop and not wanting us to take her spoon away.

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

The shop is cosy and done up Italian style with lots of green and red. It can sit about 20 pax in total and the place do get packed fairly quickly. When we were there on Saturday for lunch, the place was mostly filled with dinners.

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

You might want to give these fizzy fruit drinks a try too while dining at Super Dario Lasagne. Sanpellegrino’s tasty Sparkling Fruit Beverages are very refreshing and goes well with lasagne.

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

If there’s still space to fill in your tummy after the yummy lasagne, they have some awesome desserts too! We especially love the Profiteroles and a hazelnut crunchy pastries which I forgot to take a photo of! You can spot it in the photo of the display fridge below. That one was our favourite! Gone in seconds!

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

Authentic Italian Lasagne at Super Dario Lasagne Cafe, City Square Mall

Go try their lasagne, desserts and pastries after shopping at Daiso! We all know how much energy we spent when we shop at Daiso!

Super Dario Lasagne
Level 4 of City Square Mall
Across from Daiso.
http://superdariolasagne.com

This post is made possible by City Square Mall, The Loving Mum and family were invited for a fun day to celebrate Mother’s Day at City Square Mall. Our tummy was filled with too much lasagne, thanks to Super Dario Lasagne.

Artisan Yogurt and Dessert at Milk & Honey, City Square Mall

Artisan Yogurt and Dessert at Milk & Honey, City Square Mall

Having frozen yogurt is like the super “in” thing these days, with many brands popping up around Singapore. You know, like the bubble tea craze then the donut craze and now pretty yogurts. I tried creating my own artisan yogurt when I first tried it in March as seen on Instagram.

Paying $9.80 for your own custom artisan yogurt is great cos they have got a wide variety of toppings to pick from. Try not to stare at their selection for too long, cos it’ll just make your pick even tougher.

Artisan Yogurt and Dessert at Milk & Honey, City Square Mall

We were invited for a chill out session at Milk & Honey by City Square Mall, and I knew exactly what we had to try!

More than just yogurts! Milk & Honey serves a decent selection of cakes too!

Artisan Yogurt and Dessert at Milk & Honey, City Square Mall

And so we did as we ordered two yogurts, a cake and drinks.

Artisan Yogurt and Dessert at Milk & Honey, City Square Mall

Healthy Mix, $7.80

Combo of green tea meringue, white chocolate ring, raspberry sauce, fresh blueberries, fresh strawberries and fresh mango.
Artisan Yogurt and Dessert at Milk & Honey, City Square Mall
This combo of fresh fruits and sweet raspberry sauce will never go wrong, balancing the taste so you don’t get the sugar rush feeling.

Royal Honey, $8.80

Combo of honey parfait, white chocolate stick, orange chip, honey popcorn, honey crystal jello and crunchy crumble.
Artisan Yogurt and Dessert at Milk & Honey, City Square Mall
I personally love the crunchy crumble and honey popcorn. But the combination of all these ingredients in Royal Honey, is really too powerful for my taste. Good thing I ordered their detox mint tea which helped balance up the sweetness from Royal Honey mix.

Chocolate Crunchy Hazelnut Cake, $8.80

This divine chocolate cake is oh-so-rich! The only person who shared the same sweet tooth for this cake is Zara. Ayah doesn’t like chocolate and Ayra was too busy with her little toys we caught at TimeZone before our desserts.
Artisan Yogurt and Dessert at Milk & Honey, City Square Mall

Just look at our cheeky Zara’s face! She sure was enjoying herself indulging in too much chocolate.
Artisan Yogurt and Dessert at Milk & Honey, City Square Mall

Find Milk & Honey at City Square Mall, Level 2 and on Facebook.

This post is made possible by City Square Mall, The Loving Mum and family were invited for a fun day to celebrate Mother’s Day at City Square Mall. We had yummy desserts at Milk & Honey.

Fun for Kids at City Square Mall

Out of the many malls along the North East Line, City Square Mall is the one we frequent with our girls almost on a regular basis. We love shopping, running errands or just spend a fun day with our girls around the mall. We would have visited even more often if they had better elevator system in place. Moving up and down the mall in our City Select Double can be quite a tiresome affair, seeing the packed lifts almost 90% of the time. If anyone knows where their service/ delivery lifts are located, please let me know!

Our regular hang out with kids is at the The Petite Park, at Basement 2 of City Square Mall. I like that the place is petite and wherever the girls run to, they will always be in my sight. And because they are so used to the playground, I do not have to guide them around nor show them how to play. They just go in and start doing whatever they want to do.
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

The balloon pit next to the three slides is where we love to hang around while we are there. Because that part is the coolest, with fan blowing cold wind and the balloons are never tiresome of play. It’s also the best place around the park for some selfies or photos cos its brightest up there.
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

This is our third time at The Petite Park with both girls, and I noticed they each have their favorite toys around the park. Ayra will surely always play with this multi-storey carpark and Zara would pretend to be shop keeper mending the fruit stall. Then of cos there’s the play house where they like to play peek-a-boo through the windows.

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Then there is the super girlish pinkish ball pit which they blended in very well that day.

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Information and details of their play passes and admission charges can be found here.

Usually our day at City Square Mall will end with a meal at their food court on level 4. We love the chicken rice there! And when at level 4, there will always be time for play AGAIN at TimeZone. Yes, my girls age 3+ and 1+ loves playing games or watching me push candies down the machines at TimeZone. We hold their gold VIP card ok! Don’t play play! Yes, that also means we spent way too much there too. (>_<)

This painting game is one of the girls’ favorite; I’ve got too many of these painting printout around the house. At least this is the one other thing we get to bring home after our play at TimeZone.
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Every visit to TimeZone means we will end up with a huge bag of sweets and snacks. The girls get to eat a few sweets and the rest goes into a bigger bag at home waiting to be transported to Ayah’s school for sharing with his colleagues.
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

Zara is just happy dancing away to music coming from the game machines at TimeZone. Sometimes she would attempt to throw a plastic ball into target, but had always failed miserably. She needs more practice; soon she’ll be pro like her elder sister who shoot mini basket balls like a pro!
Fun for Kids and You at City Square Mall

A tip to pay less for more play at TimeZone, look out for their promotions on weekends or during holidays. Their best deal is the $50 + $50 promotion, where you top up $50 and get $100 in value inside your card. This is always my chance to top-up ensuring I have enough fund in there to last through a few visits of play time at TimeZone.

This post is made possible by City Square Mall, The Loving Mum and family were invited for a fun day to celebrate Mother’s Day at City Square Mall. We had an hour play time at The Petite Park and some TimeZone credits which were used up in less than 15 minutes, so we swiped away with our own card and as usual spent way too much on the games.