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.

Kiddet – One App. Countless Experiences For Your Child.

“Why isn’t there an app that allows parents to find, book and review classes and activities for our kids?”

That’s the question I had wanted to solve more than one year ago. I even had got the concept, user-experience, business model and all drawn out in my journal. But that’s where this idea stopped.

When I was first told about Kiddet through a friend… “That’s EXACTLY what I wanted to start!“. Of course I had got to meet the founders behind this app and find out more. I shall keep their identity a little mystery for now.

Kiddet is now available for FREE download on the Apple and Android Play stores.

Expand your child’s universe with fun learning activities island-wide. Kiddet connects you to the most exciting educational activities in Singapore.

I’ve been eyeing a few classes and activities to bring my girls, and I thought I should share them here with you too. Cos you don’t want to be the last to learn about the next coolest app for parents in town right?

5 Activities To Check Out & Book on Kiddet

Bounce Kids Dance Choreo Class at Kulture Studio

I’ve passed by Kulture Studio many times but never got a chance to step in yet. This Bounce Kids Dance class looks super fun and cool! Even I want to go jump and bounce to the tunes! Just check out the video below, super fun right?

Kulture Studio is the first to offer Bounce fitness programme in Singapore. Their Bouncefit classes are conducted via the accredited Jumping syllabus that combines fast and slow jumps, a variation of traditional aerobic steps and dynamic sprints, as well as “power sports” elements. This complex workout guarantees a full body strengthening after every jump. A great workout for kids 6 to 12 years old.

Trampoline Family Package for 2 Adults and 2 Children

If you prefer to jump and bounce together with your kids (without the music though), you can book for this Trampoline Family Package at Zoom Park Asia on Kiddet. We’ve not been there yet, this is one I’m going to book over this long weekend because Kiddet is giving away free 50 Kredits when you make your first booking from now till May 1st. (50 Kredits is approximately S$10 in value.)

Dramahaus at Trehaus

For families with younger children, you might want to search for “Trehaus” in Kiddet. They have a few interesting classes for babies 6 months to 6 years old. Dramahaus is where your child will let her imagination soar beyond their immediate sensory environment and into something new in their mind’s eye. Through stories, poems and rhymes, plenty of creative drama activities and they’ll get to develop their speech too.

Come in, Discover & Explore

Or if you prefer free play, you can check out Blue House Infant & Toddler Atelier at Clarke Quay. For 125 Kredits, your child gets 2 hours of free-play discovery and exploration of the Atelier, including materials. I’ve not been there personally, but from Tjin’s experience this place looks like a great place for kids 3 years and below. And super nice for photo taking too!

Workshop at The Little Things

One other recommended activity is for parents who want to spend some time together with your children. This parent-accompanied toddler workshop by The Little Things might just be the place to bake your first cookie with your toddler (without creating a mess in your own kitchen!).

Bonus 50 Kredits now till May 1st!

I’ve downloaded the app and purchased my Kredits. Now which activity should I book for my girls? Anyone wanna attend some classes together?

Kiddet is now available for FREE download on the Apple and Android Play stores.