Key & News May 2018

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Daekyo America will be sponsoring a 2-Week Free Trial campaign again this summer for the months of June & July. We hope this promotion will help you to recruit new students during the summer months! 

Free Trial students must be new students not resuming students. Students that are currently enrolled in only one subject and are interesting in trying a second subject may also register for the Free Trial. Flyers and digital ads have been prepared and are available in the ORL in the Free Trial folder in the Marketing section. 

Students must be registered for the Free Trial in Key & properly. A Free Trial guide has been prepared. Please contact your regional office if you need a copy. Students in the Free Trial recieve a set allottment of booklets based on the information given Key & Manager upon registration. 

If you have any questions about the 2-Week Free Trial campaign, please reach out to your Regional Office. 

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While students are learning different genres of writing like narrative and informational, they also need to continue to add details and descriptions to their writing. Within Level 5, students will cover Descriptive Writing. Descriptive writing is like using a “word camera” to take a mental picture of someone or something. This helps the readers get a clear picture in their minds. See the example below of a short writing with description and without description. 

1. Peter is short with brown hair. He is tall and thin. He has a favorite sweater and pants. (Non-Descriptive) 

2. Peter has short, brown hair and green eyes. He is tall like a tree and thin like a pole. His favorite outfit is a blue sweater with white stripes and brown, khaki pants. (Descriptive) 


As students continue to progress in higher level writing, it is important that they focus on the details of their writing. As they write, students can think about their five senses. When describing something within a text, prompt them to think about what it may look like, smell like, sound like or even feel like. If utilizing the Key & Note, create a short graphic organizer as a way to come up with descriptions for their writing topic. This is a great way for students to get their ideas down on paper before compiling a paragraph. See the example below: 

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Descriptive writing doesn’t just have to be about animals or living objects. Students can also make personal connections and write about one of their favorite places. This is where descriptive writing will be most vital. Students will be able to discuss different places or even cultures that they have experienced. Many times, when students can connect to the writing, they are able to provide more insight within their writing. 

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When students complete the later booklets in Level 5, they will come across the different aspects of descriptive writing. It is important that prior to being introduced to structured writing booklets, they are able to add details to their personal writing. If students can master this skill, they should be able to compile writings that have more depth and meaning. For a simpler activity, provide students with their Key & Note and write one topic at the top of the page. For 5-10 minutes, see how many descriptive words they can compile about the topic provided. This will enable students to get a better idea of what is expected within their compositions. See an example below. 

Remember, the more comfortable students become with their writing, the more in-depth they are able to go. Setting a solid foundation as well as structure for students to write is going to help in the long run when they are compiling five-paragraph essays, research papers and more. 

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With summer approaching, it is important to be in touch with parents about the summer plans for their children. This is a time when we usually lose a lot of subjects. However, if you can make the connection that staying in Eye Level will help maintain the great progress their child has made all year, you can convince parents to stay. If you are proactive in reaching out to parents, you will have more influence during the conversation. 

During the summer, you can and should participate in the Summer Brain Boost Critical Thinking Program. Since students usually have more time during the summer, the Summer Brain Boost allows students to come to the center twice a week, without affecting your royalty. Throughout the summer the focus of the mathematics instruction will be critical thinking booklets. The Critical Thinking Program is something that makes Eye Level unique, and so it can motivate current students to stay and new students to join during the summer months. Students in levels 7-17 should also be working on Word Problem booklets. The Word Problem booklet is another under-utilized supplemental material. It is important to try to incorporate all the available resources in your center. If you haven’t tried using the Word Problem booklets before, the summer would be a great time to try it out. 

If a student is going on vacation, even for a whole month, he should still stay in the Eye Level program. For students that are a going away for a week or two, it is easy to make up the classes before or after the vacation. If the student is going away for the whole month, as long as the parents are paying tuition, he can receive his booklets ahead of time and continue to maintain access to Eye Level Math Online. These are great resources that the children will otherwise be missing out on. 

If you are giving booklets ahead of time, you have two options. The student can simply continue to work through the material that she is on. Furthermore, you can repeat the level that the student just finished. If a student completed multiplication, it might be hard to start division without the guidance of the instructor. Therefore, the student can repeat level 13 to further reinforce her multiplication skills and in the end will not need as much repetition when she begins division. 

The last set of benefits begin with the letter M: Mental Calculation, Motivation, and Mastery. Because students are completing the work online, students will not be able to show their work. This will force students to memorize more facts and complete calculations without the use of aids such as tally marks or carry-over marks. There are many games that are available to use with EMO to help motivate students to learn. There are also rankings and leaderboards that are available to view. Students love seeing their name climb up the leaderboard and therefore will want to continue to practice online to improve their position. The final benefit is mastery. Mastery learning is one of the four key features of Eye Level Education. Because of all the previous benefits, students will be able to master any level that they come across because they will be exposed to a topic multiple times in a variety of learning styles. 

According to researchers at Duke University, math skills decline the most during the summer as compared to other academic skills (Mukisa, Math Insider). Since Eye Level hours do not change over the summer, children can go to summer camp and then come to Eye Level afterwards to keep up with their learning. If you are proactive when communicating with parents and willing to work with them, you will be able to show them that you care about their child. Parents, in turn, will want to continue to work with you and Eye Level. 

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