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Three ways Kumon Instructors contribute to their communities

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During these uncertain times, the Instructors and franchisees of Kumon Australia and New Zealand support their local communities by building businesses that provide high quality, afterschool maths and English learning for children of all ages.

We are seeking to expand Kumon’s contribution by opening new franchises in new communities. If you would like to learn more about how Kumon Instructors contribute to their communities, we invite you to read on:

1. Providing students with a foundation for their future

Kumon Instructors provide students with a foundation for their future. Instructors achieve this through individualised instruction of the Kumon Mathematics and English programmes, which develop strong mental calculation and reading comprehension in students. These skills, along with the confidence students gain through Kumon, allow students to become self-learners who do not have to rely on a teacher to access new knowledge.

Supporting students to make strong progress to complete the Kumon Mathematics and English programmes is the core of the Instructor’s role. Throughout their long careers, many Instructors in Australia and New Zealand have helped hundreds of students in their local communities to become confident self-learners.

 

2.  Building relationships within the local community

Kumon Instructors build positive relationships within their community each and every day. Throughout each class, Instructors communicate with and establish a connection with their students. Similar connections are built with students’ parents during consultations, parent orientation sessions and regular contact regarding their child’s progress.

When Instructors market their franchise business, they build relationships with the wider community. Relationship building activities include participating in community events, corresponding with local schools, running business social media accounts, and advertising through local and regional media channels.

As Instructors also hire centre assistants, Kumon Instructors can hire locals and build relationships as they train and develop their employees.

 

 3. Sharing ideas and experience in a community of business owners and educators

Kumon Instructors are part of a community of over 300 franchisees across Australia and New Zealand. Kumon Instructors network, celebrate achievements and learn from one another. Instructors contribute to the Kumon community by sharing their knowledge and experience for the benefit of all, as well as making long-lasting friendships.

Throughout 2020, Kumon Instructors and franchisees have supported each other by actively participating in online workshops and seminars. In June, the first ever online Kumon Instructor Awards Ceremony was held, with more than 200 Instructors joining to celebrate each other’s achievements. Instructors and franchisees not only support their local communities, they support one another to succeed.

Anika: Kumon English completer and short story author

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Year 4 student Anika Baireddy, from Kumon Point Cook Education Centre in Melbourne, is a wordsmith and a prolific author of short stories.

Anika is also a completer of the Kumon English programme.

“I am not ashamed to say that Anika’s English comprehension and writing skills are far superior to mine”, said Navin Baireddy, Anika’s father. “She now writes her own short stories collection, which I desperately wait to read every week.”

Below, we have published one of Anika’s short stories titled Zara and the Cave of Mysteries.  We invite you to have a read.

 

Zara and the Cave of Mysteries

By Anika Baireddy

If we travel back, way back before the ancient times, there was a girl. Her name was Zara. She was not rich, though had enough money to go to school. She was a very lovely girl on the inside but she couldn’t dress properly and because of the way she dressed, people would tease her. Nobody would be her friend, because of all this teasing going on in her life. She was a very modest girl.

She had a dog whose name was Ellie. Her dog was a German Shepherd and was a very good guard dog. She was also a very nice, helpful and playful dog towards Zara and her family. Her coat had a light and dark brown gradient and was very soft. And sometimes if Zara was lucky, she got to take Ellie to school, but mind you, only to drop or say goodbye to Ellie.

Now it was the school holidays. Zara was very fond of the school holidays because they went on a holiday trip and she did not get bullied or teased by the other kids.

This holiday, they were not going to go to another country or anything of that sort. Instead they were going to a holiday house in the woods.

So, after a few days with nothing to do, Zara asked her mum if Ellie and her could explore the woods not too far from the house. As soon as her mum said, ‘Sure sweety. Come back by 3pm in the afternoon.’ Zara rushed out with Ellie. She forgot her mum said ‘The part of the woods near the house,’ and by accident wandered too far with Ellie.

They stumbled across a cave. It was very big and one would have convinced themselves that it was a humongous mansion. Inside it, there was an eerie gloom. Zara stared at the rocky landscape for some time and she saw some torches. With that, Zara remembered the words she said to her mother and totally freaked out while Ellie tried to calm her down. Once Zara calmed down, they went into the entrance and at that moment, there was a noise. They were both scared and Zara jumped, but they kept on walking.

They found a passage leading to, ‘Who knows where’ and went in it. To their surprise, they found at the end, a big block of gold. They kept on walking and they found other tunnels leading to different treasures like diamonds, iron, ruby, emerald and they even found another girl with a breed of dog called Akita Inu. They befriended her and they kept on walking. Now when they saw what was at the end, they knew their dreams had come true…

They found a juno, which is a female genie, at the end of the passage. She had skin like a normal girl while at the end of her body where the legs would have been, there was a long flowy bit almost like a skirt with a closed ending. She said that she was happy that someone had finally come to the end and been brave enough to enter. She also said this, ‘I will grant you both three wishes and if you want more just wish it on the third wish.’ They both squealed with excitement and wished three things. Zara wished for her family to have a good life with a little more money, for Ellie to live a long life, and for herself to have a few friends.

The other girl whom they had befriended in the cave sometime before, was Zara’s twin sister named Melony. Her dog’s name was Buster. Zara did not know Melony was her sister, but Melony did. Melony wished that her parents would love her again, that her dog would have a long life with lots of happiness and little sadness. She also wished that she wouldn’t be so lonely. It was 2:56pm and they had to find a way home. The juno said that she would teleport them home. They were so happy.

Melony went home with Zara and when they were home, Zara’s parents were so happy to see Melony and told Zara. Zara freaked out but ended up laughing. After that the family was rich and they made lots of friends. Ellie and Buster gave birth to a litter of four little German Shepherds with two boys and two girls. Everyone and every dog lived a long happy life after the help of the juno.

Kumon Mathematics and English comes to Florey, Canberra!

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Kumon Mathematics and English is coming to Florey, Canberra, to support all children to develop strong mental calculation and reading ability.

Kumon Florey Education Centre will be led by Deborah Brake, who has a 35-year career as a consultant for the public service and not-for-profit sectors, and also as a linguist for the Royal Australian Navy.

Deborah has experienced touchpoints with Kumon throughout her entire life. Some of her school peers were Kumon students and, later in life, Deborah spent a year working with Jane Hiatt at Kumon Tuggeranong Education Centre.

“This experience [at Kumon Tuggeranong] was invaluable for me”, Deborah said. “I was able to witness firsthand children studying two or three grades above their school level or having their own little ‘ah-ha’ moment when they were able to solve problems, they previously found too difficult.”

Deborah said she wants Kumon Florey Education Centre to become a place where all students can develop a foundation for lifelong learning.

“I know Kumon works.  [Successful people] are successful because they have practised and developed their skills and knowledge”, she said. “They can problem solve. Along with development in English and mathematics, children can build their life skills with Kumon.”

“It is great to be a part of something that can deliver so much.”

Kumon Florey Education Centre opens on 1 September 2020 and is located at 3/26 Kesteven St, Florey, ACT. Classes are on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.

Should you wish to learn more about Kumon Florey Education Centre, we invite you to contact Deborah on 0490 013 086 or to email admin@kumonflorey.com.au.

Kumon Standard Completion Time: the hidden benefits for your children

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Have you ever been curious to know why your Kumon Instructor asks your children to write their start and finish time on their worksheets? Or what bearing these times have on the worksheets your children will be given next?

At Kumon, there is a measurement we refer to as Standard Completion Time (SCT). This is the time range in which we aim for students to complete their daily worksheet study as they progress through Kumon.

SCT provides concrete information to your Instructor about your children’s overall familiarity with the worksheet content. It is one of several key criteria Instructors use to determine whether students have the necessary skills to advance without difficulty.

When studying in centre or at home, we encourage you to guide your children to always write the start and finish time on each worksheet set.

We encourage you to keep reading this article to learn more about some of the hidden benefits of SCT for your children:

1. Your children’s work skills are seen and nurtured

Standard Completion Time provides a way for the Instructor to more fully understand your children’s work skills. If your children are able to complete a high volume of worksheets with a near perfect score in a short amount of time, we consider your children to have strong work skills. By writing their start and finish time on their worksheets, your children’s Instructor can know how quickly your children are working and can understand how comfortable your children are with the worksheets. The Instructor can determine what worksheets your children should complete next to further draw out their skills.

 

2. Your children experience the feeling of working with focus

We know children sometimes like to take breaks when completing worksheets. Guiding children to be aware of their completion time can help them focus and concentrate as they complete each worksheet set. If your children are focussing it is likely their pencils will constantly move as they work smoothly and quickly.

 

3. Your children’s learning is individualised

If your children complete their worksheets within the SCT, this indicates they are learning at the ‘just-right’ level, the area between work that is too easy and too hard.  The SCT provides your Instructor with the necessary insight to always give your children the worksheets they are ready to learn next. When setting the next worksheet set, your Instructor will consider factors such as how quickly your children are able to work through their corrections, overall study attitude, and their constantly changing ability.

Your child’s next worksheet set is always matched to their current ability, not according to their age or school grade. SCT provides your Kumon Instructor with a clear indicator of your child’s current ability.

 

4. Decreasing completion time indicates increased confidence

The time it takes your children to complete a worksheet will become shorter with daily practise. When students begin to study with increased speed, this indicates they are acquiring the skills necessary for study up to that level.  This also provides your children with a feeling of accomplishment. When your children have mastered these skills, they will do the worksheets with ease, and finish them in a short time while still working carefully and thoroughly.

If you have any further questions about your children’s worksheets, we welcome you to speak with your children’s Kumon Instructor – they would love to hear from you.

Toongabbie student achieves entry into James Ruse with Kumon’s support

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A student from the Kumon Toongabbie Education Centre has achieved an offer into the academically selective James Ruse Agricultural High School.

Dharmik, a Year 6 student, excelled in his selective school entry test and has since been offered a seat at the James Ruse Agricultural High School, one of the most academically selective schools in New South Wales.

Dharmik holding up his Level J Achievement Test in Kumon Mathematics. Face not shown as per request of parent.

Dharmik has been a long-term student of Kumon Toongabbie and completed Kumon English last year. He is currently studying the Kumon Mathematics programme at a senior high school level and can solve complex equations.

Kalpesh, Dharmik’s father, said his son’s studies at Kumon Toongabbie played a key role in supporting Dharmik to achieve entry into James Ruse.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kumon Toongabbie. Kumon has played an integral role on Dharmik’s education journey and also to his success”, Kalpesh said.

“The benefit of Dharmik starting Kumon early is he mastered the fundamentals in mathematics and English. This helped him grow quickly through his education.”

“Studying ahead of the school assisted my son to excel in the selective entry test.”

Manoji Sundaranathan, Instructor of Kumon Toongabbie, said starting Kumon at an early age, played a key role towards Dharmik’s success.

“While Dharmik received one of the highest scores for a selective entry test among the students of Kumon Toongabbie, each year we have a number of Year 6 students who achieve entry into a selective school”, Manoji said.

“A common denominator across each of these students is an early start at Kumon, such as in the case of Dharmik who started Kumon in preschool. The second key factor is commitment to the daily aspect of Kumon, which is an average of 20 minutes per subject”.

We offer a big congratulations to Dharmik for his achievements!

The Kumon Mathematics programme develops quick, precise calculation skills necessary for the study of high school mathematics and can help all students to excel academically, while Kumon English develops a high level of reading comprehension ability in students.

New edition of ‘Potential’ magazine out now!

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The future is uncertain. But with the right tools, students can continue to make strong progress in their learning. We have dedicated this issue of Potential to explain how Kumon can support students to keep making progress in their learning, despite uncertain times.

We hope you enjoy our digital copy of Potential. 

Kumon Mathematics students excel in CSIRO challenge

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A group of mathematics students from Kumon Westmead Education Centre have been recognised for their advanced capabilities by the CSIRO.

Kalash Maharjan, Year 2, and Neev Gupta, Year 3, achieved honour roll placements for high distinction scores in the CSIRO Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge. Samay Gupta, Year 6, achieved a merit score in the challenge.

The CSIRO Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge is part of an international initiative to promote computational thinking among students. In the challenge, students had to solve mathematics word problems and coding questions.

Kalash Maharjan, who achieved honour roll status in the CSIRO Bebras Australia challenge.

Kalash said he practised a lot to prepare for the challenge. This included reviewing past papers of the CSIRO Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge.

“I did a lot of maths and solved a lot of problems”, Kalash said. “As I solved the problems, I felt more happy, excited and confident. Harder questions help my brain grow.”

Kalpana Dangol, Kalash’s mum, said she was very pleased to receive the news that Kalash achieved high distinction and that her son’s Kumon Mathematics study helped him in the challenge.

“As the questions he encountered in Bebras were generally harder than what he sees at school, and as what he is learning at Kumon is also harder than school, I certainly think that his Kumon helped him in the challenge,” Kalpana said.

Kalash is comfortably studying algebra and equations in Kumon, topics typically not seen until a student reaches Year 9 in school.

Swati Arora, Neev and Samay’s mum, was, “ecstatic and elated” to hear of the achievements of both her boys in the CSIRO Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge. Swati also believes that Kumon helped her boys in the challenge.

“I think their way of solving equations, which they learnt in Kumon, is different, faster and better”, Swati said.

Samay said he enjoys maths because, “it keeps unwinding like a never-ending puzzle.”

“Kumon really helped me with the more complicated and mathematical questions in the CSIRO challenge”, Samay said.

Neev, meanwhile, said that being skilled at maths is more than only about being good with numbers. A strong ability to read is also needed, Neev said. Neev was also very happy to receive his results.

“I felt proud of myself for getting high marks and being on the honour roll”, Neev said. “I also felt great doing it, so I’m hoping to try again.”

Samay hopes to become a doctor when he grows up. Neev would like to become a scientist.

Diana Chang, Instructor of Kumon Westmead Education Centre, said she was very happy to hear of her students’ results.

“We have ten students entered the Bebras challenge and eight students achieved merit and above status. I am really proud of every child’s achievement”, Diana said “I hope these children will use their skills to contribute to a better future for our next generation.”

Five ways that Kumon nurtures confident learners

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Research suggests that self-confidence in primary school children is an important factor in determining academic achievement, irrespective of a student’s cognitive ability, age and gender.

We place importance at Kumon on developing good study habits while maintaining your child’s motivation to learn. We avoid overexerting students and emphasise efficient and consistent study. This supports your child to develop confidence as they learn.

In the below article, we explain five ways how Kumon supports children to grow into confident learners.

1. The starting point

Your child begins Kumon with worksheets that make it relatively easy for them to attain a near perfect score, in a short amount of time. The purpose of this is to help your child to feel confident they can do the worksheets on their own. Once your child starts growing in confidence, they will become enthusiastic to continue learning and study more worksheets.

Through learning each day, your child’s concentration expands and a daily study begins to form.

2. A clear path for progress

The Kumon programme is structured in a series of levels that become incrementally more challenging as your child progresses. This structure allows your child to have a clear idea of how far their learning has advanced. It also makes it easy to set learning goals and to determine a plan to achieve them. The Kumon Method prioritises the development of skills in reading, writing and calculation. These form the foundation for most learning at school. Kumon’s structure also provides an efficient learning method through which your children can enjoy learning.

3. Careful monitoring of workload

As your child gains confidence in their learning, they will begin to show enthusiasm towards study. If we suddenly start to give your children a lot of work in order to accommodate their enthusiasm, this could quickly demotivate them. At Kumon we understand it is important to monitor your child’s workload, to ensure they are able to learn without overexertion. Your Kumon Instructor will assess and adjust your children’s study plan on a regular basis.

 

4. Practice and daily study

Your child can repeat worksheets when needed, to decrease the number of errors, reduce their completion time, review an earlier topic, or consolidate something new before they move on. The right amount of practise and a daily study habit lay the foundation for smooth progress.

 

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5. Learning at the ‘just-right’ level

All children have varying levels of academic ability. If children study the same content simply because they are of the same age, some lose confidence because the material is too difficult while others become bored because it is too easy.

Study projections, progress updates and observations from a child’s Kumon Instructor ensure that the ‘just-right’ level of study is maintained for each individual student. Kumon ensures that children always study worksheets at their ‘just-right’ level – the spot between study material that is too easy and too difficult.

By maintaining each child’s study at their ‘just-right’ level, children feel confidence as they overcome challenges in their learning.

These are just five ways that Kumon’s learning method supports your child to develop confidence as they learn. In this way, our programmes set children up for a positive and confident journey in their future learning.

Self-learning: an invaluable ability for children

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If your children enjoy learning on their own, it means that they have confidence in their skills and are able to take on new challenges. In Kumon, we identify this as self-learning.

Self-learning is seen as the ability to take in information, process it, retain and understand it without the presence of a teacher.

Kumon develops self-learning through allowing students to study ahead of school grade level when ready. As students advance ahead of school grade level in the Kumon worksheets, they learn for themselves what they are yet to be taught at school. They study the example, draw on previous learning and give it a try. They try, and try again, until they finally get it. Sometimes with a hint from the Instructor.

Self-learning has many benefits for students. In the below article, are five benefits of self-learning that may be of interest for readers:

 

  1. Children develop better memory retention

Kumon believes that children who learn concepts on their own can better remember and retain knowledge. Based on our decades of experience in supporting children’s learning, when children are encouraged to retrace their steps by correcting mistakes or to evaluate how problems were solved, it is highly likely they will retain, in their long-term memory, the specific steps towards solving a problem.

 

  1. Children take responsibility for their own learning

When children learn something on their own, they gain a sense of ownership for their work. They come to understand the link between the effort that they put in, and what they are able to achieve. Through this process, they develop a sense of responsibility towards their learning.

 

  1. Children begin to develop a strong work ethic

As children develop a sense of ownership for their learning, they take responsibility for important tasks such as double-checking their work and correcting errors. They also come to appreciate the importance of developing a daily study habit. They come to know their limitations, and when it is necessary to ask for help. As children consolidate these skills, a solid work ethic evolves.

 

  1. Children grow more confident as they self-learn

As children grow more confident by overcoming challenges, they will feel ready to tackle further challenges. Children who self-learn are less inclined to give up at the first hurdle. They try and try again until they get the answer right.

 

  1. Children start to go beyond their comfort zone.

As self-learning ability develops, children will develop a mindset that no problem is too difficult to attempt. They will not be afraid to learn new things. Furthermore, they may exhibit an interest in taking on new experiences and challenges – things they are yet to encounter. With this mindset, their opportunities will widen.

These are only five benefits of self-learning for children. There are many further benefits. Equipped with the skill of self-learning, children can pursue their own potential at school … and in life.

Kumon centres in Victoria are offering home-based study

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Kumon centres are offering home-based study options to all families in Victoria and will continue to provide worksheets for home study.

Arrangements at each centre will vary. Kumon centres will always comply with the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Victorian Government: https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmaps

We hope it is reassuring to know your child’s Kumon worksheet study can continue at home during this period.

For any families looking to enrol, we encourage you to contact a Kumon centre near to you to make arrangements. To locate your nearest Kumon centre, please visit: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/

We understand this is a difficult time for Kumon families. We thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

*THIS INFORMATION IS CURRENT AS OF 16/09/2020

 

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