For academic support, some students in Port Washington are taking advantage of the franchise supplemental educational program in reading, writing and math.
E.nopi originated in Korea about thirty years ago. It now has about 3 million students worldwide, according to Port Washington’s co-director Alida Vucemilovich.
“The ‘E’ in E.nopi stands for eye-level learning,” Vucemilovich said. “We believe learning should be at a child’s eye-level regardless of their grade level.”
“E.nopi is not tutoring,” she said. “It’s a supplemental learning program. In tutoring [teachers] use whatever [a student] is doing in school. Here we have our own curriculum that supplements what they do in school.”
Two types of children come to E.nopi, Vucemilovich said. Children that are not performing at grade level and could really use extra help. In school the teaching is test driven. At E.nopi the idea is mastery. Each child should master each concept before moving on.
The second type of child that comes to E.nopi is the gifted child that is not being challenged enough in school. They are above grade level and not receiving that stimulation in school.
“If children stick with the program they perform one grade level if not two above what they’re doing in school,” Vucemilovich said.
At the Port Washington E.nopi four programs are offered. There are two programs in math, basic thinking and critical thinking. English reading and writing and handwriting without tears. All teachers are certified and there is a three to one teacher/student ratio.
“In the math basic thinking component students learn multiplication, division and subjects all the way up through trigonometry. The critical thinking helps children develop problem solving skills. They learn patterns and relationships, and spacial concepts. They use manipulatives that go a long way in critical thinking,” Vucemilovich said. “They use thinking pencils and thinking blocks that really help in visual conceptualization. They don’t just use pen and paper for math problems.”
In the reading and writing curriculum children not only learn grammar they learn how to write, Vucemilovich said. They use active listening where a child hears a story orally and has to read along. They learn to identify words, increase pronunciation and vocabulary and increase their ability to read.
“Our curriculum is very child friendly,” Vucemilovich said. “All of our materials are in full color. It’s very creative with a lot of math concepts. Children really enjoy it and never get tired or bored. They always want to come.”
If a student is enrolled in one subject they come to E.nopi once a week for an hour. If they are enrolled in two subjects they come for two hours. E.nopi is for children ages 4-14 with the math program going up through high school age, Vucemilovich said.
The franchise also runs mini day camps during the summer and during school breaks.
Vucemilovich, an attorney, opened the Port Washington franchise with her husband Mark, who is in title insurance, in March. They started the franchise because their son turned four years old and they wanted to put him in a supplemental learning program.
“The closest E.nopis were in Staten Island and Brooklyn,” Alida Vucemilovich said. Alida’s mother has been a teacher for 35 years and her brother Franco Verdino owns six E.nopi franchises. It seemed like a good fit.
The couple recently opened another E.nopi in Williston Park.