|Posted on 29 September, 2015 at 2:55|
This is shared by one parent from Hong Kong ....
My daughter attends Eye Level Play Math where she gets to experience mathematical concepts in a fun and engaging way. Play Math is a program especially tailored for ages 2 to 5 years old, and is aimed at laying the foundation for developing a preschooler's understanding in Math. The child learns how to sort, match, order, compare, classify and recognize patterns at Play Math. The child also learns about shapes, spatial sense, and counting numbers.
The best part of Play Math is its 1:3 student-teacher ratio in a 1-hour lesson, which is done through storytelling and lots of sticker fun! In every lesson, my daugther receives an activity booklet which is filled with colorful illustrations that follow a story. Each booklet is designed to help her advance in her understanding of mathematical concepts, like correspondence, sorting and classifying, comparing and counting according to levels. Her starting point for the level was first determined using the Play Math Diagnostic Test which she did before the first lesson.
Here is a glimpse of what's in the activity booklet that she gets to do with her teacher at Eye Level Learning Center. She gets to bring her booklet home so we had a fun time doing it together. In this activity booklet, my daughter learned the numbers 1 to 3 through a circus story about unicycles, bicycles and tricycles. The booklet has very captivating illustrations to engage a preschooler.
She also learned how to group her items, count them, and then put the corresponding number of stickers for the things that she counted. Her favorite part was to peel the stickers off and put them in the booklet.
Play Math also helps develop fine motor skils. This 'follow the circle to the square’ kind of activity appears several times in one booklet – this is to teach the child to read and write from left to right, help in hand-eye coordination and strengthen the finger muscles so she gets better control when writing her numbers. My daughter draws lines and strokes, which helps develop good hand-eye coordination and better control as she starts writing her numbers.
My daughter enjoys doing every booklet. She brings home the booklet after every lesson, and would sometimes erase them so she can do them again at home. That's how much she likes it!
I would say Eye Level Play Math is quite engaging and value for money (at $99 per month for 4 lessons). Apart from the small class size, the booklet itself is designed to keep the child engaged with its colorful illustrations, stories and activities. The child also brings the booklet home so she can revisit what she's learned from the week's lesson, thereby solidifying the learning and keeping the interest alive, at least till the next week where she gets to read another story, meet new characters and work on different activities.
Who would have thought we could learn Math this way? Thank you Eye Level Learning Center for this wonderful program.