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Kumon comes to Mount Barker, SA

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Kumon will soon open its first Centre in the Adelaide Hills, in what will be a boost in local support for children’s maths and English learning.

Kumon Mount Barker Education Centre is led by Atilio Waltcheff, who has been heavily involved with Mount Barker Tennis Club for the last two and half years, and has run a tennis coaching business in Adelaide for the past 13 years.

Additionally, Atilio holds a Diploma in Teaching and Learning, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) and a Bachelor of International Business.

Atilio says Kumon can support students’ with their maths and English, and help them develop life skills.

“I believe Kumon can instil in children the love for learning independently, discipline and the confidence to know that with hard work and focus, they can overcome any hurdles”, Atilio says.

“Also, if they do both Kumon Maths and English, they will develop a greater ability to understand most subjects at school and will likely perform at a higher level during school, and in later life.”

Kumon Mount Barker Education Centre will open on Monday 1 July. It is located at Shop 10, 79 Gawler Street, Mount Barker.

If you would like more information or to enrol, please ring Atilio on 0490 089 966 or email kumonmountbarker@gmail.com.

It takes a village: NIC 2019

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On Saturday, June 8, Kumon Australia and New Zealand’s Instructors will travel to Brisbane, Queensland, for the 2019 National Instructors’ Conference.

At Kumon, we believe it takes a village to raise a child. As such, we run this annual event to create a platform where all our 330 Kumon Instructors can meet, network and learn from one another.

Our Kumon Instructors will also hear from a range of speakers. One of whom is Maya Thiagarajan, a former school teacher, education consultant, and author of Beyond The Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age.

In her presentation, Maya will discuss families’ varying cultural attitudes towards education and harnessing the strengths of each approach.

From their learnings, our Kumon Instructors will collectively contribute even more to children’s education within their respective Kumon Education Centres.

Kumon learning effect inspires Adelaide mum

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When Nikki enrolled her then three year old daughter Dayna into Kumon in 2012 for a head start in maths and English, Nikki never imagined that it would have such a strong learning effect.

“Before Dayna even got to school, she was able to read very fluently, she could spell most words, she was able to easily add and subtract all before she even started Reception”, Nikki says.

“By the time Dayna reached Reception, she was able to problem-solve and she was well ahead.”

Dayna is now nine years old and in Year 5 primary school. She studies the Kumon Maths programme at the Year 10 high school level. Dayna also completed the Kumon English programme last year, meaning she has the literacy skills of a Year 12 student.

“Being ahead makes me feel relaxed and confident at school as I generally know all the work already”, Dayna says.

“It’s also preparing me for the challenges I will face later in my life.”

Dayna aspires to become a paramedic or doctor when she grows up.

Nikki, meanwhile, was inspired by Kumon’s efficacy to support the development of children’s maths and English skills. Nikki now owns and operates her own Kumon Education Centre.

“I love the Kumon Method and I love the way it’s helped my children”, Nikki says.

“Kumon has helped my children, my daughter and also my son who struggles with learning a little bit, to be confident.”

“I believe in the method and when the opportunity arose I was very interested in becoming an Instructor.”

Yahya develops a strong maths foundation

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Yahya, 10 years old, is already a numbers whizz.

In Kumon Maths, he is already comfortably studying equations that Year 12 students work through.

“After getting this far in Kumon, I find it very easy to do maths in school”, Yahya says. “I can finish my work very fast and with no problems.”

“It feels very good that I can do advanced maths.”

Hamood and Shamama, Yahya’s parents, enrolled Yahya into Kumon Maths after seeing how his elder brother benefitted from the programme.

They say Kumon has helped Yahya develop a strong foundation in mathematics.

“Kumon has helped him to grasp complex maths concepts and to polish his mental skills”, Hamood and Shamama say.

“It’s also important that he has a strong foundation in mathematics as it is the basis of many fields of study which he may choose to pursue later in life.”

Kumon comes to Sunbury, VIC

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Kumon has come to Sunbury, Victoria, to support all local children with their maths and English education.

Kumon Sunbury Education Centre is led by Instructor Sam Bader. Sam was inspired to become a Kumon Instructor by his wife, who completed the Kumon Maths programme while she was in high school.

“The fact that my wife could sit Year 12 maths exams from Year 9 always fascinated me”, Sam says. “During high school, it was always a constant competition between us as to who was better at maths. She always was.”

“It wasn’t until I graduated from university that I could match her in maths.”

Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Structuring Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Science (Physics and Mathematics) from the University of Adelaide. He also holds a Master’s of Science (Physics) from the University of Melbourne.

Sam has also worked for several engineering companies, including BHP Billiton, and ran a small business in the security industry. But Sam’s passion for education never waned.

“Hence, I decided to open a Kumon Education Centre”, Sam says.

“Kumon can help the local community of Sunbury by supporting students to be thinkers and self-learners from a young age. This will help set them on the right path to a very successful future.”

Kumon Sunbury Education Centre is located at the Sunbury Neighbourhood House on Elizabeth Drive. The Centre is open on Monday and Thursday evenings from 3:45pm to 6:45pm.

To enrol or find out more information, please ring Sam on 0490 548 079 or email kumon.sunbury@gmail.com.

Sharlyn races ahead to Year 12 level maths

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For 14-year-old Sharlyn, solving Year 12-level equations is no problem.

Sharlyn, who aspires to enter the medical profession, developed her maths ability with Kumon’s support. She has studied with Kumon since she was in Year 1.

“Kumon lets you go above your school year level in maths and to challenge yourself”, Sharlyn says. “Without challenges we can’t grow as people and get better at the things we like to do.”

“I also feel more prepared and confident about my studies.”

Kumon is a personalised learning programme that supports students in their maths and English learning.

In Kumon, advanced students, like Sharlyn, can tackle go ahead to tackle content that sufficiently challenges their skills and piques their interest, while those who may be falling behind are given the time they need to practise and revise so they can fill in any learning gaps.

Sharlyn says her strong maths knowledge will have real-world applications in medicine.

“Medicine is a very broad field that involves giving patients the correct dosages of medication and precisely mapping surgeries”, she says.

“I think maths is really going to help with that.”

Vivian, Sharlyn’s mother, says being ahead in maths helped grow her daughter’s confidence.

“She really likes a challenge with her work”, Vivian says.

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Kumon comes to Ipswich Central, QLD

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Kumon has opened in Ipswich Central to support all students with their maths and English learning.

Kumon Ipswich Central Education Centre is led by Instructor Hiranya Sarangal-Shetty, who holds a Master’s in Business Administration.

She was inspired to become an Instructor after seeing how Kumon helped her nephews and nieces.

“It has been amazing to see them grow into independent, self-learning individuals with very positive and open minds”, Hiranya says.

Hiranya believes Kumon can also inspire all students to develop confidence.

“Kumon helps children to take on challenges with an ‘I can do it attitude’”, she says.

Kumon Ipswich Central Education Centre is open from 3:30 to 6:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays. It is located at Unit 5, 303 Brisbane Street, West Ipswich, QLD.

To learn more or to enrol, please ring Hiranya on 0473 846 351 or email kumonipswichcentral@gmail.com.

Kyara writes her own story

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The prospect of writing and publishing a children’s book with her classmates doesn’t faze ten year old Kyara.

The Year 5 student is working on a collaborative project with eight of her classmates to write a children’s book, which will be published in her school library. As Kyara is two years ahead of her school grade in Kumon English, she feels ready to put pen to paper.

“I think my Kumon English will back me up and I can use all the extra vocabulary I have learnt”, Kyara says.

Kumon English supports students learning by assigning them personalised learning programmes to develop their ability in comprehension and critical analysis. In Kumon English, advanced students can tackle learning that sufficiently challenges their skills and piques their interest.

Kyara says that in addition to developing her English ability, Kumon has taught her to embrace challenges.

“I face a challenge I work towards overcoming it”, Kyara says. “If you don’t try you will never succeed.”

Shauntel, Kyara’s mother, says Kumon supported her daughter to be more independent.

“She’s self-motivated and she studies on her own”, Shauntel says.

“This makes me feel more confident because I feel that no matter what Kyara chooses to do, she’ll smash it because … she’s motivated and she tries really hard until what she’s trying to do is done.”

Kyara aspires to be a journalist and TV presenter when she grows up.

Harshwardhan powers ahead in maths and English

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At just ten years old Harshwardhan is smashing his way through high school maths and English.

The Year 5 primary school student has completed the Kumon English Programme, meaning he has the literacy ability of a Year 12 student, and is studying Kumon Maths at the Year 9 level.

Kumon Maths and English are personalised learning support programmes that allow students to study at their own pace. This means advanced students, like Harshwardhan, can race ahead to study content that is above their school grade, while those who may be falling behind can go back to practise and revise.

Harshwardhan says his Kumon Maths and English study has improved his confidence and knowledge.

“Kumon has helped me build confidence, improve my knowledge and my self-esteem and my belief in myself”, he says.

Kumon has also supported Harshwardhan to take on and overcome challenges.

“When I solve a difficult equation it feels good because I’ve learnt something new and I realise that I can actually do this”, Harshwardhan says.

“When you overcome challenges it does improve your self-esteem, your knowledge and it just makes you want to take on more of them.”

Harshita, Harshwardhan’s mother, says Kumon has supported her son to grow into an independent learner.

“Kumon doesn’t spoon-feed, they show children the technique for solving problems”, Harshita says.

“This supports the kids to become very independent, so they can eventually do the work by themselves. I feel independence is very important today.”

Harshwardhan aspires to become an electrical engineer when he grows up.

Layla launches ahead in maths

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She’s only in Year 5 in primary school, but 10 year old Layla can already tackle many of the advanced maths problems that university undergraduates face.

And Layla, who aspires to become an astronaut, isn’t fazed by the inherent challenge of solving complex equations. In fact, she relishes in overcoming difficulties.

“It’s really fun being challenged, I think it’s a wonderful feeling”, Layla says. “I like maths because of the logic: however you ask the question, the answer’s not going to change.”

Layla says she was inspired by her father Liam, who holds a PhD in mathematics and is a former maths teacher, to excel in maths. Furthermore, this drive led Layla parents to enrol into the Kumon Maths programme in 2016.

“We’re personally not bothered whether or not Layla’s far ahead, but she loves maths. She wants to be far ahead and she wanted to do Kumon, so we supported her”, says Nancy, Layla’s mother.

Kumon Maths supports students learning by assigning them personalised learning programmes to develop their maths ability. In Kumon Maths, advanced students, like Layla, can tackle learning that sufficiently challenges their skills and piques their interest.

“For growing a student’s maths ability, Kumon is basically ‘practice makes perfect’”, Liam says.

“Whether this is by memorising times tables or learning and applying formulas, practise helps you to spot the same patterns and gives you more confidence with more complex problems.”

The Kumon Maths curriculum covers content from the preschool level, all the way to undergraduate university. Layla finished Kumon Maths last year.

Liam, meanwhile, says being strong in maths goes beyond just being good with numbers.

“It gives you the discipline not just to work out whether you’ve been given the correct change to pay for something, but actually spot patterns in things which may actually have nothing to do with numbers”, Liam says.

“It trains you in logic.”

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