This month, we share with you blogger mummy, Cherry’s experience with Eye Level Singapore 🙂
Here is an excerpt from her blog, Sweet Memoirs, on how Eye Level has developed the confidence of her boy who is currently in K2:
“I have never seen G doing some number problems before ever so confidently and enthusiastically until he started his lessons at Eye Level. Every time we come back from his lessons, he would ask me to set the timer for him while he works on his assignment to be submitted on the next session. “Please turn on the timer for me, mom. See how I can finish it very fast”, he’d proudly declare.”
Find out what else she said about Eye Level by visiting her blog, Sweet Memoirs, today!
“How many parents here believe that they have a complete understanding of how their child feels and behaves?”
With that, Eye Level Singapore began its very first run of our Eye Level Training Academy (ELTA) workshops, specifically tailored for parents to learn more about their children’s development. Held on 19th May 2017 at 7:30pm in TKP Conference Hall, the theme for our first workshop was entitled, “Maximize Your Child’s Development”.
Before the workshop, comprehensive notes were placed on the desks for our valued parents.
Eye Level parents were greeted by Mr Sheng Weilun, who has had 7 years of experience in the Children Enrichment Industry.
During the first half of our workshop, Mr Sheng introduced our parents to the understanding of their own children through basic developmental theories, and coached them on how to apply those theories in the real world.
Halfway through the session, parents were given a break to enjoy the sumptuous dinner and had the opportunity to network with the fellow Eye Level Parents to share personal insights and experiences of their own. Some of the parents also had the chance to speak to Mr Sheng, and other HQ Staff.
In the second half of the workshop, Mr Sheng went through tips on how to develop and cultivate self-directed learning habits – A Ministry of Education (MOE) 21st Century Competency for all school-going children.
Towards the end of the workshop, Mr Sheng held a discussion with parents, on how parents and teachers should work together to maximise the development of their children. Various exercises were also incorporated into the workshop, to allow parents to put in practice what they’ve learnt immediately. These activities challenged the parents to brainstorm and reflect on various aspects of their children’s development.
The success of this event is accentuated by the feedback we have received. 100% of the parents who attended agreed that the content presented was relevant to their role as parents, and that Mr Sheng was very helpful in bringing across pointers linked to their own children’s development. On top of that, majority said that they would be very willing to attend future ELTA parenting workshops.
Eye Level Singapore holds the ELTA parenting workshops on a monthly basis. You may visit our website (http://elta.myeyelevel.net) for our next workshop updates. We look forward to seeing you!
Mummy blogger, Jolin, tried our Math programme on her boy, Big J! Here is an excerpt from her blog, The JS Arena after joining us for two months:
“What I really like about Eye Level Math is the individualised curriculum which starts teaching from his eye level. This allows him to learn at a pace and level that is comfortable to him and not feeling too stress.
The blend of BTM and CTM is also interesting to me. I feel that this is very suitable for pre-primary level as the combination is useful for the child’s developing brain. The systematic and progressive curriculum helps in building a strong foundation for learning more complex concepts.”
Learn more about her journey with us by visiting her blog The JS Arena today. You may even pick up useful parenting tips from her along the way!
Eye Level focuses on building each student’s foundation in Math and English, as well as helping students gain Self Confidence, Interest in Learning, and develops a child’s Critical Thinking and Analytical skills.
Eye Level programmes are inter-related. Only through the mastery of basic foundational skills can the student then advance to more complex skills. This improves the child’s speed and accuracy when dealing with complex questions. It will also develop his Self-Directed Learning ability, independence as we as time management.
* Ensure that your child achieves necessary understanding, speed and accuracy.
* Ensure that your child remains motivated when learning new topics.
* Improve the areas that your child may need more practice in.
The debate about which is more important, reading fluency or grammar accuracy, is a long standing one. Such is a chicken or the egg problem, which unfortunately, Critical Thinking Mathematics will not help.
Traditional educators would argue that a child develops its ability to form grammatically correct sentences by imparting technical knowledge such as the recognition and usage of verbs, nouns, punctuations and tenses. On the other side of the fence, the liberal educators would stand by their pedagogy that fluency would help with a child’s understanding of meaning and context.
However, it is truly the case that one method is more superior than another? According a research in cognitive psychology, the brain is divided into different areas. The area that focuses on grammatical processing is known as the Broca’s area, a small part of the left frontal lobe. Its general function includes language comprehension, action recognition and production, and speech-associated gestures, such as using sign languages.
Learning language fluency, however, triggers the whole frontal lobe, which has also been linked to executive functions, such as attentional control, working memory, reasoning and problem-solving.
So, which is truly more important? Perhaps there isn’t a strictly correct answer. Perhaps both arguments are correct. Non-native learners would benefit more with the study of grammar as it taps on a smaller part of the brain. This would progress towards a fuller understanding and comprehension of the language as they develop larger parts of the frontal lobe later. Native learners, on the other hand, benefit by first understanding context and meaning as these help them form meaningful relationships with others, which also develops the self-identity of the child. They would then work towards refining their understanding of the language through the study of grammar. Either way, both go hand-in-hand and are equally critical to the study of a language.
On a side note, scientists have researched and determined that the chicken did come first. Mindblown!
Renri (Chinese:人日, literally Human Day) refers specially to the 7th day of zhengyue (正月, the first month in the Chinese calendar). According to Chinese customs, renri was the day human beings were created. It is celebrated not only in China, but also other regions influenced by Chinese culture.
Nowadays in zhengyue, renri is celebrated as part of the Chinese New Year. Chinese people prepare lucky food in the new year, where “Seven-vegetable soup” (七菜羹), “Seven-vegetable congee” (七菜粥) and “Jidi congee” (及第粥) are specially prepared for renri. The Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese use “Seven-colour sliced fish” (七彩魚生) instead of “Seven-vegetable soup”.
The Eye Level Math Online is designed for our level 5 to 12 students. It brings a new positive dimension to developing strong Math Skills in them.
– Mastery learning with Basic Thinking Math repetition
– Maximization of motivation by online program
– Maximization of learning effect by using auto
scoring and instant feedback system
– Arithmetic game activity
– Easy access on accumulated records
– Simultaneous learning of Basic Thinking Math & Critical Thinking Math
– Learning of new concepts
– Improvement of problem solving skill with various
– Well systemized assessment
Eye Level is a self-directed learning program which encourages students to acquire self-motivation and independence.
1. Diagnostic test and Starting point
After the diagnostic test, the instructor measures the strengths and weaknesses of the student as well as evaluating the student’s ability. The instructor will determine the child’s starting point, which is where a student can work with ease and confidence.
2. Self-directed learning
Students will follow a self-directed learning method as well as develop independent learning skills in our Eye Level learning centers. Instructors will provide guidance to students as they move throughout their individualized program.
Before moving on the next level, Eye Level instructor will give a Level Test to evaluate whether the student has achieved mastery.
Instructors provide consultation and communicate with parents regarding their children’s learning progress on a regular basis.