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March 6 2017
Read. And then, Read Again - Hear from a Kumon Student
In a quiet, book-filled room located within the Kumon Kogarah Education Centre we sat down with advanced Kumon student Skye. Skye is studying both English and maths with Kumon and has been awarded for being several years ahead of her grade in both subjects. Skye normally does her Kumon worksheets on the train ride to school, but sometimes she prefers to start her day by reading a good book. She might only be in her first few weeks of Year 2, but in our interview with Skye she had a lot to say about books: how they teach us about our world and build our communication skills simultaneously.
What’s your favourite thing to do at school? Read. And then, read again. I like to write. I write reports, stories, special events that have happened to me. When I write I use firstly, secondly, next, after that and lastly.
Do you want to do anything in particular when you grow up? I want to be an author and I want to have a bookstore. I’d have colourful books, but you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I don’t care what the cover is - I just care about the book.
Why do you think it’s important to read? Because you get to exercise your brain and it’s very fun and it makes you very imaginative. You can learn things even if it isn’t a history book. You can still learn things from it. Like if it’s a fairy tale, you can still learn who Cinderella is.
What book are you reading now? I just finished the first book of ‘How to train your dragon’. I haven’t seen the movie but the book is always better than the movie because the movie has a time limit. The book can be very long so it’s going to have all the details, but with the movie it’s just the main idea.
What do you think the world would be like if we didn’t have words or books or language? It’d be very boring and no one would know how to read so no one would know how to communicate. A person might need to go to the toilet and they might say something to their mother and she won’t know what they’re talking about. So you learn words from books too.
What do you like the most about doing your Kumon worksheets? I like how they teach me stuff and I like how they challenge me.
Do you think it’s important to be challenged? Yes, because if you’re doing something easy you’ll never learn something new and you’ll only learn what you already know. No one would know much and we wouldn’t have any computers, no pianos, no microphones, no walkie-talkies. We wouldn’t have much because no one would know very much.
What do you do when you find a Kumon question really hard? I try again three times and then I have a look through my encyclopedia that I keep, and if after I can’t find it I just ask a grown up. I have an encyclopedia that shows me lots of things like when maths began and how to do lots of subtraction. It helps me with that question that I need help with.
How does your Instructor Mrs Lum help you? She lets us do the work ourselves first. She gives us little hints and if we work it out she’ll tell us ‘that was a good job’. If someone is new, like a little girl or a little boy, she’ll make them have a good start to Kumon.
If you had any advice to a new Kumon student, what would it be? I’d tell them to try their best and that’s all. And read books every day, at least ten books every day.
Aspiring author, Skye
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