On December 21st, Eye Level Hub celebrated the holiday season with students and local community members.
Children enjoyed live entertainment from face painting elves, a balloon maker, and a magician with a team of magical pets. There were multiple Eye Level math games on hand which allowed kids the opportunity to challenge themselves and win prizes. Carolers entertained the crowd with classic holiday songs and Ol’ Saint Nick made an appearance to take a photos and hand out gifts to every child!
Many members of the community also donated a toy to Toys for Tots and were entered into a Raffle to win a Nintendo Switch! Congratulations to the raffle winners and a big thank you to all those that donated toys!
We wish each of you happy holidays from our family to yours!
In an effort to give back to the community, this year Eye Level partnered with Smile, a local food pantry in NJ to provide essentials to struggling families in time for Thanksgiving. Both Eye level headquarters and local Eye Level centers participated in the collection. Thanks to the efforts of the collective Eye Level family, nearly 100 lbs of food was donated to the Smile pantry along with diapers for families with babies. We are very proud of each student that donated and commend them for willingness to give back to the community!
During the winter holiday break, many students and parents take the opportunity to step back from their crazy schedules and focus on their families and being able to enjoy each other’s company. Just like with summer break, it is essential to continue to involve students with different aspects of academia to keep their wondering minds ahead of the game. It is important to stick to routines such a student’s bedtime and daily responsibilities. Being able to stick to the daily routines helps alleviate any difficulties when students return to school in the new year.
There are many ways where students can take a step back from the classroom but still do a tremendous amount of learning within the household. Taking a bit of time each day to read aloud to your child or have them read independently provides students with ways to increase learning, specifically in the comprehension and vocabulary area. This time also enables parents and children to spend quality time together. These learning moments enable parents to connect the home environment to the classroom. Reading and analyzing texts that are grade level or above provide students with deeper understanding of text.
There are other resources outside of the household where students can learn and challenge themselves over the break. Some of these resources include supplemental education, museums or planetariums, and workshops geared towards students. Enrichment programs provide students with challenging yet simplified subjects areas and museums or planetariums making learning fun and hands-on. Museums not only teach students about science and history but make learning a fun, hands on process. Students are involved with aspects such as IMAX movies on planets and nature and look at the evolution of ancient history, bringing those history textbooks to life.
For students to want to learn, you want to make learning fun. Students should take initiative rather then feeling like they must do something because they are being told to do so. Get involved in the learning process with your children. Just as brain drain could happen over the long summer months, it can also happen throughout the winter break. Focus in on what students enjoy doing and make it a fun experience with the ability to learn new things. Sign your children up for culinary classes, technology workshops or different crafting opportunities. Take them to the zoo or aquarium and allow them to experience learning all about the animals and nature all around us. Remember, for learning to be effective, it must be fun.