School is out and it is time for kids to have fun! And Kidz Central Station recommends summer classes and camps to keep our kids engaged and recharged. On many parents’ minds is how to keep “summer slide” at bay. With our parents’ concerns in mind, we visited Eye Level Learning Center’s location in the East Village.
What is Eye Level?
Eye Level Learning Centers offer after-school and summer tutoring. Eye Level follows state standards and provides Math and English instruction to supplement and enhance what our kids learn at school. Specifically, Basic math covers Numbers, Arithmetic, Measurement, and Equations. Critical math includes Patterns and Relationships, Geometry, Measurement, Problem Solving, and Reasoning. English focus areas include phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. Learn more at their national website.
One Parent’s Review
Both of my sons attend the Eye Level Learning Center in the East Village. They started in April/May 2018 and have continued this summer after taking June off. My older son (3rd grader) is competitive and excels at academics and is a bit lazy. My younger son (1st grader) has a learning delay and ADHD and is an extremely hard worker. Both enjoy completing tasks and being rewarded for their accomplishments. Eye Level has been wonderful for both of them!
In our first appointment, the kids were given an assessment of both subject areas by the director of this center, Ryan Drucker. This is a free assessment whether you continue with their services or not. Since I don’t always know what’s happening during the school day, I was happy to gain an understanding of where each one stood in comparison to their grade level and their overall strengths and weaknesses.
We signed on for 6 months (4 tutor hours/month and ~$56/hour). We attend weekly on Saturday morning so the boys can go together, which is a motivating factor for both of them. My older son has an hour of English because he placed over a grade level ahead in Math. The younger one has ½ hour of English and ½ hour of math. The older one sits with an instructor and 1 or 2 other students as the instructor rotates working individually with each student. Due to his attention difficulty, the younger one has one-on-one instruction throughout the hour. I has raised my concerns with Ryan and was very happy about the specialized attention.
What I really like is that each lesson is contained in a short booklet that is easily completed during the hour. Then, homework is a booklet that follows this week’s lessons and is easily completed during the week. The younger son goes through a booklet per subject and then completes two booklets for homework. The kids feel a real sense of accomplishment from finishing entire booklets. You see the progress being made.
The space is small but packed with education materials and books and games. The tutor hours are booked appropriately and we haven’t seen more than 5 kids including my two during our lessons. Our teachers are very gentle and nice but do expect the kids to listen and work hard. The boys have worked well with them. They give instructive feedback at the end of every lesson.
Most important for the kids, they are rewarded with star cards after each lesson that they can save to earn prizes or cash out immediately for small prizes. It is amazing how cheap candies and toys can be such a motivation for kids. My boys love their star cards and “shopping” for prizes.
Both of my sons have greatly benefited from Eye Level. The older one needed the structure and feedback to stay focused. He has worked on Reading Comprehension, Verbs (action, helping, linking, future tense, irregular) and compound sentences. He is digging deeper into topics that are glanced over and in some cases not even broached in school. The younger one has developed his reading comprehension skills and grammar, as well as, learning to sit still for an hour. Examples of his lessons include repeating patterns and subtraction drills for Math. Short vowels, sight words, and story elements for English. We are absolutely pleased with Eye Level!