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Kumon students Jasmine and Orchid are ready to carve their own path in life

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Sisters and Kumon programme completers, Jasmine (right) and Orchid (left), with their medals and plaques.

Through dedicated study of the Kumon Mathematics and English programmes, sisters 16-year-old Jasmine and 14-year-old Orchid are strong self-learners who have developed confidence, a daily study habit, and a high level of mathematics and reading ability.

Jasmine, a Kumon Mathematics and English programme completer, attributes her love of reading to her study of Kumon English. Jasmine was enrolled in Kumon English in kindergarten and completed the programme by the end of primary school.

“Kumon English exposed me to such a wide range of literature, because you analyse so many types of literature from different time periods”, Jasmine says. “It fostered my love for reading and I’ve been much more confident in tackling more advanced literature.”

Kumon English builds a high level of reading comprehension ability. To inspire students to read widely, the worksheets contain more extracts from published texts than any other reading programme in the world. Jasmine’s favourite passages in Kumon English include excerpts from Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and the poetry extracts contained throughout the worksheets.

Jasmine, who will enter Year 12 next year, also says that completing Kumon English in primary school had a direct and positive impact on her high schooling.

“I take many humanities subjects in school, which are content-heavy”, she says. “The comprehension and summarisation skills I learnt in Kumon English have helped to synthesise information a lot quicker and learn better in the classroom.”

Jasmine has a deep interest in politics and advocacy, and is aiming to pursue a career in this area once she graduates high school. She’s already started by being a member of her local council’s youth committee, amongst other organisations. Jasmine says her exposure to books and reading at young fuelled her passion for politics.

“It made me much more goal-oriented and driven, because I was looking at all these figures in history, and I was like, ‘Wow, those are really cool people.’ I want to be those people one day”, she says.

While Jasmine mostly enjoyed her study of Kumon English, she had to persevere to complete Kumon Mathematics. However, she does not regret sticking it out.

“Maths was never really my strong suit and I often didn’t pass the tests on the first try”, Jasmine says. “While it was something I struggled with, the good thing about that is it taught me perseverance, grit and patience. It taught me the idea that what matters most is to put in your best effort. This helped me to make a habit of learning from my mistakes, and producing high quality work.”

Orchid, in Year 9, is also an English programme completer, and is studying advanced differentiation and differential equations in the final level of Kumon Mathematics. These are concepts usually not encountered until university.

Orchid aims to hopes to pursue a career in biochemistry, and believes the strong maths skills and independence that she developed in Kumon will help her in later life.

“Kumon really teaches you to be independent and be able to learn by yourself, because it isn’t the stereotypical tutoring centre where you sit in a classroom and are taught by the teacher,” Orchid says. “You have to use the examples in the worksheet to find the answers.”

“I feel like in biochemistry there’s a lot of new things that can be discovered. This is definitely something that draws me to the subject. To make these discoveries, I’ll have to be able to learn independently.”

The Kumon Mathematics and English programmes develop the skill of self-learning in students. When Kumon students advance ahead of school grade level in the worksheets, they learn for themselves what they are yet to be taught at school. When they encounter something new, 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.

This is how Kumon develops self-learning. Kumon students come to expect the challenge of something new, and gain satisfaction in working it out for themselves. They develop a mindset that no problem is too difficult to attempt.

Jesse, Orchid and Jasmine’s father, says the development of self-learning is this most significant advantage of the Kumon programmes.

“Self-learning is a very special, unique advantage of Kumon”, Jesse explains. “Basically, the Kumon programmes help them build the confidence and habits for self-learning. It gives them the way of how to learn something new by their own efforts.”

“Jasmine and Orchid, they both have a lot of interests outside of class and school, and they apply these skills of self-learning towards these areas. And I think they now have more freedom in learning anything that they are interested in.”

“That will be the greatest gift that Kumon has given for their later life.”

Kumon Mathematics and English coming soon to Butler, WA

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Kumon will soon open in Butler, WA, to help all children in the local area develop their mathematics and reading ability.

Kumon Butler Education Centre is led by Sharon Pajares, a veterinarian who changed careers so she could develop students’ potential through the Kumon Mathematics and English programmes.

“Kumon is a well-known global brand that helps young children”, Sharon says. “I chose to become a Kumon Instructor and establish a new centre, because I want to help and be a part of a young student’s journey to improve their abilities and do well in school.”

“Through Kumon, students will develop self-discipline, learn to be independent, be able to study advance levels through self-learning, and build work skills that are essential for the real world.”

Kumon Butler is located at 240 Butler Boulevard, Butler WA 6036. The centre is open from 3pm to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. Sharon says she looks forward to seeing more and more students in the centre.

“I want my students to have a safe learning environment where students study at their ‘just-right’ level, learn to study independently, have good study habits, self-discipline, a love for learning, study advance materials, and develop confidence in solving any problems that they will face”, she says.

To learn more about Kumon Butler, please contact the centre directly: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/Centre/KUMON-BUTLER-WA#info

Audrey builds strong study habits with Kumon Mathematics

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Audrey studying equations in her Kumon Mathematics worksheets.

Despite only being in Year 2, eight-year-old Audrey comfortably solves equations in her Kumon Mathematics worksheets.

Audrey, who studies the Kumon Mathematics programme more than five years ahead of her school grade level, says that Kumon helps her in many ways.

“When I’m at school and there are hard problems, I can easily solve them because I’ve done them in Kumon”, Audrey says. “When I’m at home, it helps me teach my sisters maths too. The maths books I do at home are also fun”.

Jeorge, Audrey’s father, says in addition to developing his daughter’s maths ability, Kumon has helped Audrey to become more independent and build strong study habits.

“I don’t have to remind her about doing her schoolwork together with the Kumon books”, Jeorge says. “She’s gotten into a habit of studying before doing the rest of her play. I think the homework from Kumon really helps her go into that habit of studying first and then playing later on”.

Audrey says she would like to become an artist when she grows up. Jeorge says that no matter what his daughter chooses to pursue later in life, that Kumon will be of lifelong benefit.

“Kumon sets children up for future learning because they’re not afraid to study”, Jeorge says. “This makes it easier with other subjects as well, because it puts them into that habit of studying for what they want to do, whether it’s in school or elsewhere.”

A brand-new venue for Kumon Ellenbrook Education Centre

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Lade Lawal, Instructor of Kumon Ellenbrook Education Centre

Kumon Ellenbrook Education Centre has moved into a brand-new venue, to help even more students grow their skills in mathematics and English.

Formerly known as Kumon Aveley Education Centre, Kumon Ellenbrook is now located at Ellenbrook Central shopping centre, 11 Main Street, Ellenbrook, WA 6069.

Lade Lawal, Instructor of Kumon Ellenbrook, says the move will benefit her current students and allow even more new students to experience the benefits of Kumon.

“I outgrew my former venue at a local community centre, and have always wanted a professional space to work with my Kumon families”, Lade says. “By having all the resources at my fingertips, I can provide individualised instruction even better than before and adjust students’ progress based on their changing ability with ease.”

“This will allow my students to advance to their current goals even quicker and achieve new goals.”

To learn more about Kumon Ellenbrook and the new venue, please contact the centre directly: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/Centre/KUMON-ELLENBROOK-WA#info

Trial Kumon English or Maths as a second subject, obligation free, in August 2022

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With Kumon’s second-subject Free Trial in August, students currently enrolled in either Kumon Mathematics or English can trial the other subject for two weeks, for free.

Students who study both Kumon Mathematics and English:

  • learn the fundamentals of both maths and English — the foundations for success in all subjects at school
  • further strengthen study habits and concentration
  • have a greater sense of achievement and motivation.

 

To register for our second-subject Free Trial in August, follow these four easy steps:

  1. Contact your Kumon Instructor to register your interest
  2. Discuss your child’s second-subject assessment and study plan with your Instructor
  3. Have your child study the second subject during the month of August
  4. Meet with your Instructor to discuss your child’s experience studying the second subject.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • The registration deadline for the Free Trial varies across centres
  • Places are limited and acceptance for the Free Trial is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • The Free Trial consists of worksheet study over two weeks during August
  • Late registration may result in a shorter Free Trial
  • Operating procedures at each centre will vary
  • The Free Trial is available for one subject only (either English or Mathematics).
  • Offer not available at all centres
  • There is no obligation to enrol after the Free Trial
  • Kumon centres will always comply with the relevant COVID-19 guidelines and requirements relevant for each state and territory. Physical distancing and health and safety practices are in place at all centres.

To find your Kumon centre’s contact details, visit: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/

Experience Kumon English or Mathematics over two weeks during August 2022

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With Kumon’s Free Trial your child can experience our individualised Mathematics or English programme over two weeks, for free.

Find out how we can develop in your child:

  • calculation and reading ability
  • concentration
  • a daily study and reading habit
  • the confidence to learn independently.

Follow these four easy steps to register:

  1. Contact your local Kumon centre to register for an information session
  2. Have your child assessed for Kumon Mathematics or English, and discuss a study plan
  3. Arrange for your child to study worksheets and attend classes over the two-week Free Trial period
  4. Meet with your Instructor to discuss your child’s Kumon experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • The registration deadline for the Free Trial varies across centres.
  • Places are limited and acceptance for the Free Trial is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Participation in an information session is mandatory prior to your child participating in the Free Trial.
  • The Free Trial consists of worksheet study over two weeks during August.
  • Late registration may result in a shorter Free Trial.
  • Operating procedures at each centre will vary.
  • The Free Trial is available for one subject only (either English or Mathematics).
  • Offer not available at all centres.
  • There is no obligation to enrol after the Free Trial.
  • Kumon centres will always comply with the relevant COVID-19 guidelines and requirements relevant for each state and territory. Physical distancing and health and safety practices are in place at all centres.

Please visit this link to find your nearest Kumon centre: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/

To learn more about how the Free Trial could benefit your family, please watch this video. 

To read about a current Kumon student who previously experienced a Free Trial, please visit: https://au.kumonglobal.com/free-trial-student-testimonial/

Franklin finishes English, hones in on Mathematics

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Franklin with his Completion of Programme certificate.

Now that he has completed the Kumon English programme, 11-year-old Franklin’s sights are set on finishing Kumon Mathematics.

Completing Kumon English means that Franklin, who is in Year 6, has a highly developed reading comprehension ability that is at a level equivalent to that of a Year 12 student. This is a big assistance for Franklin in school and also means he can explore his passion for books even further.

“Kumon English helped me with my school work, reading and comprehension”, Franklin says. “Kumon also expanded my choices in reading because I wouldn’t normally choose the books that were recommended reading for the [English] programme, but I thoroughly enjoyed these books.”

Franklin lives with autism and ADHD. He can find concentrating and staying on task to be a big hurdle. He says the routine, structure, and daily study habit of Kumon strengthened his overall ability to get things done.

“I didn’t enjoy studying at Kumon in the beginning. I found sitting in the [centre] difficult; I couldn’t focus and complete tasks”, Franklin says. “With Kumon, I was able to improve my ability to complete tasks by studying a little bit every day. The Kumon routine helped me set small goals and achieve them”.

“Now that I have finished English, I am definitely better at sitting in class and getting my work done. I still find it hard to focus, but I have a much better attitude and that makes a huge difference.”

Franklin now wants to apply his newfound strengths to finishing the Kumon Mathematics programme, in which he is currently studying two years ahead of his school grade. While he anticipates that it won’t be easy, Franklin is determined to see it through.

“Each time I make a mistake, I am closer to succeeding”, he says. “Each level is one step closer to the end.”

Throughout his entire Kumon journey, Franklin received the support of his parents and his local Kumon centre.

“My Dad and Mum played a big role in keeping me on track”, Franklin says. “All the staff at the Kumon centre were very encouraging. Each time I saw them they let me know how well I was doing. This definitely helped me persevere and finish the [Kumon] English programme.”

A brand-new venue for Kumon Wollert Education Centre in Victoria

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Meera, outside the new venue of Kumon Wollert Education Centre.

We are excited to announce that Kumon Wollert Education Centre is moving into a brand-new venue. This move will help Kumon Wollert support even more students to grow stronger in mathematics and English.

Led by Instructor Meera Suratwala, who established the centre April 2020, Kumon Wollert is now located within The Village Wollert shopping centre, at Shop 7, 335 Harvest Home Road.

Kumon Wollert is now present in a thriving community hub.

“We are now situated in the heart of the community, located right next a primary school, swim school, shops and convenience stores. Students and parents will also not have to travel far to attend our centre”, Meera says.

Prior to establishing Kumon Wollert, Meera was a chartered accountant and certified public accountant with 20 years’ experience. She became an Instructor after seeing the benefits of the Kumon programmes in her own children.

“My daughter joined Kumon when she was four and a half. Within a few months after enrolment, she started reading very fluently. This instilled in her a love of books because she could read herself a story”, Meera says.

“My son joined Kumon when he was only three and a half and could barely hold a pencil. In a few months, he could write simple sentences. I was over the moon. Seeing this progress in my own children motivated me to take up this role and bring out the potential in other children.”

To enrol or learn more about Kumon Wollert Education Centre, please contact the centre directly.

Racing to success in class and on the track

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Abeerah, winning her silver medal.

Abeerah, 10 years old and in Year 5 at school, is racing ahead on the athletics track while also catching up in the classroom.

Abeerah is a Kumon English student who caught up to her school grade after just over six months of enrolment.

“Kumon has helped me with my grammar and writing skills, so I know where to put my punctuation, and my verbs, nouns and adjectives”, Abeerah says.

She is also a long-distance runner who has competed at the state-level, representing Western Australia, with her local little athletics club.

“Kumon helps me stay mentally fit and athletics will keep me physically fit”, Abeerah says.

Abeerah is aiming to become a brain surgeon when she grows up. She says that physical and mental fitness will be key for this endeavour.

Shehnaz, Abeerah’s mother, says she has seen quick improvements in her daughter’s reading and writing since enrolling her into Kumon. Abeerah is now up to speed with her grammar, Shehnaz says.

“Abeerah has also been running since she was around six years old”, says Shehnaz, “She began excelling in athletics events at school. Then Abeerah joined her local little athletics club, making it to the state-level, and winning a silver medal in her first event”.

Shehnaz says both Kumon and athletics are great for Abeerah’s overall wellbeing.

“Athletics is one of her favourite sports”, Shehnaz says. “So far, she’s happy with Kumon. It’s helping her with her writing. So, she’s doing well in school and with athletics”.

Since August 2021, Kumon has partnered with Athletics West, the governing body for athletics in Western Australia, to support their outreach programs into local schools. Kumon students and Athletics West athletes both recognise the importance of persistence and practice to achieve results.

Kumon’s support for children’s sport is not limited to WA. To learn about our partnerships throughout Australia and New Zealand, visit: https://au.kumonglobal.com/kumons-ongoing-contribution-to-our-community-in-2022/

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