Jaden had attended Math enrichment class at Eye Level Parkway and here is our review!
First, what is Eye Level?
Eye Level Math uses a systematic curriculum, which is divided into various levels according to student abilities. When I took my first glance at the whole curriculum, it looks like a complicated map and I was quite taken aback. However, the centre manager, Ms Vanessa, assured me that this is how comprehensive their curriculum is and Jaden will be mastering the concepts through a small-step approach.
What is a Diagnostic Test at Eye Level?
Before Jaden starts his lessons at Eye Level, he is put through a diagnostic test to determine his level of understanding of Math. It is applicable to all other subjects at the school, for example English, Phonics etc. Based on the test results, the teacher will then recommend the appropriate level for him to start.
After the test, it was decided that Jaden is at Level 3 (Addition). He is 5 years and 7 months. I do not know if there is any standard for a child his age, for example is he supposed to know how to add or subtract his numbers by now? He may be a late bloomer for all I know, but my preference is that he learns his numbers at his own pace and ability. It would be great if he can take ownership of his own learning and become an independent learner!
Why did I choose Math for him?
Before Eye Level came long, I did dabble in a little home learning with him. I find that it is sometimes difficult for me to explain math concepts to him. We tried number line and we used fingers to count, but I feel that I am not adequately equipped with skills to guide my child. I need some external help and this is where I find Eye Level Math can complement our learning journey.
How are lessons conducted at Eye Level?
At every lesson, Jaden goes through 2 essential sessions. One is for basic thinking where he works on his foundation like numbers and arithmetic. The other one is for critical thinking. It covered several areas like Patterns & Relationship, Geometry and Measurement, where it helps him develop depth perception like problem solving and reasoning skills. These two go hand in hand together because there no use to just know basic math but it is important to know how to apply them to solve problems.
After completion of each booklet, the difficulty level subtly increases at the next level. This makes it easy for all students to learn and to become comfortable with all necessary concepts before proceeding. I often flip through his math booklets and notice that there are a lot of repetition. Same questions that are being asked again and again.
So, practice indeed makes perfect.
Jaden particularly likes their reward system. After every lesson, the teacher decides the number of stickers he can get for his “world map” and if he completes a number of maps, he can redeem some prizes. They also recognise their students’ achievement and encourage them by giving out certificates.
Jaden’s progress with Eye Level
I feel he has made tremendous progress! He loves his maths class and looks forward to them every week. He is now confident with his numbers and could give answers at the snap of my fingers.
Well, the beauty of Eye Level’s system is that it is not just for the weaker students to catch up, it is also for the already good students to excel and achieve even more. Having said that, the downside is that we have to practise this everyday, if not he will lose interest easily. Maths is all about practising right?
Check out his video below, see those sparkly eyes when he knows he gets the answer right!
He attempted a Level 3 Basic Math Test and scored a 95. So, where did the 5 points go? *Tiger mum investigates* Let’s see.
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Daekyo Eye Level Singapore
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Disclaimer: We were sponsored complimentary lessons with Eye Level Singapore to try out its Math programme for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.