After walking 800km, Anna hands in her holiday homework

Most students would take time off from homework while embarking on an 800km trek. But not 11-year-old Anna, who kept up-to-date with her Kumon Maths homework while she completed the Camino de Santiago.

The Camino de Santiago, or ‘The Way of Saint James’, follows one of the most significant Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, beginning in the French town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, near the French-Spanish border, It ends in Santiago de Compostela, a city in north-western Spain.

While Anna spent 26 days trekking she completed her Kumon Maths work with her cousins. Anna carried her homework wrapped in a plastic bag in her backpack.

“I didn’t want to fall out of the habit of doing my Kumon Maths homework. I thought I might fall behind if I didn’t do it on the trip”, Anna says. “My two cousins who were with me on the trip also do Kumon. We helped each other during the evenings when we had lots of spare time”.

Paula, Anna’s mother, said she was impressed with Anna’s dedication. She also says Kumon boosted Anna’s confidence.

“Anna likes to achieve, I think she’s seen herself improve over time”, Paula says.

“I think she gets a lot of satisfaction from Kumon. It’s not easy; she’s struggled sometimes, but I think it’s given her a good sense of what she can do.”

Anna aspires to be a doctor or scientist when she grows up. She would also like to star in a musical. She studies at Kumon Williamstown Education Centre. 

As children prepare for the year ahead, you might like to consider how Kumon can help your child develop a daily learning habit and boost their confidence. Enquire with your local Kumon Education Centre to learn more about giving Kumon a try!


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