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Sharlyn races ahead to Year 12 level maths

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For 14-year-old Sharlyn, solving Year 12-level maths equations is no problem. She developed her maths ability through the personalised Kumon programmes. 

Sharlyn aspires to enter the medical profession. She’s studied at Kumon Auburn Education Centre 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 Maths and English are personalised programmes 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 Maths and English comes to Ipswich Central, Brisbane

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Kumon Maths and English has now come to Ipswich Central, Brisbane, to support all students with their learning.

Kumon Ipswich Central Education Centre is led by Instructor Hiranya Sarangal-Shetty. She was inspired to open a Centre in Ipswich Central after seeing how Kumon helped her nephews and nieces with their maths and English.

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

Hiranya says Kumon can 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.

Kumon English student 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, a Kumon English student.

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

Kyara studies at Kumon Baldivis Education Centre.

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

Kumon supports students learning by assigning them personalised learning programmes to develop their ability in comprehension and critical analysis. In Kumon, 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 Kumon English. This means he has the literacy ability of a Year 12 student. He also studies 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 independently take on and overcome challenges. Harshwardhan studies at Kumon Reservoir Education Centre.

“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 improves 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.

Aspiring astronaut Layla launches ahead in Kumon Maths

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Through Kumon, ten-year-old Layla can already tackle many of the advanced maths problems university students face.

Layla, who aspires to become an astronaut, isn’t fazed by the challenge of solving complex equations. 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 was inspired to excel in maths by her father Liam, who holds a PhD in mathematics and is a former maths teacher. Layla’s drive led to her enrolment into Kumon Maths 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 personalised learning programmes. In Kumon, 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.”

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

Liam says many benefits can be derived from having strong maths ability.

“It gives you the discipline … to actually spot patterns in things that may actually have nothing to do with numbers”, Liam says.

“It trains you in logic.”

This article appeared in the second 2019 issue of Potential magazine. Please feel free to read more here. 

Kumon Maths accelerates Kaiden’s learning in school

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For Kaiden, 12 years old, Kumon has been a jump start for school. The aspiring car mechanic, who studies Kumon Maths, is no longer struggling at school.

“Kumon Maths has helped me to catch up to my year level in school, which I feel good about”, Kaiden said. “It keeps me wanting to learn and to keep improving.”

Kaiden has studied with Kumon since 2015 at Kumon Beeliar Education Centre in Perth. Kumon focusses on helping students build foundational literacy and numeracy skills, and student’s  ability to solve problems by themselves.

Kumon students also learn at a level that is defined by their current ability. They aren’t pushed ahead or held back because of their age.

“This allows him to build his confidence because he’s not being forced to learn something in a hurry and then move on”, explained his mother, Natalie.

Kaiden said that Kumon will help him throughout his later life.

“It’s taught me to focus and concentrate a lot on getting my work completed and try and solve problems on my own”, Kaiden said.

“Hopefully if I get a mechanic’s apprenticeship I can use these skills in my studies and workplace”.

Kumon Congratulates Trident Automotive

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Kumon Australia and New Zealand offers congratulations to Trident Automotive from Haileybury College, for their stellar performance in the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™.

This competition saw teams of students, from all over Australia, apply twenty-first century problem solving techniques to build and race a miniature F1 car. Trident Automotive achieved ninth place in the competition.

KANZ was a Silver Sponsor of Trident Automotive. This helped to support these students’ learning through the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™.

Some peers of the students comprising Trident Automotive are racing ahead in their learning through Kumon.

“I have been going to Kumon for a long time. I have really enjoyed the environment”, these students say.

“The high expectations Kumon has set for me has helped me to excel at Haileybury College. This school also has high expectations for me. [Instructors] and peers at Kumon have encouraged me to become better all the time. They have been really comforting and friendly.”

“Thank you so much to Kumon, they have helped me to become better academically!”

We offer our sincere gratitude to Trident Automotive for the opportunity to be their sponsor.

How Kumon supports preschoolers with reading and counting

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Kumon’s has helped thousands of preschoolers develop their reading and counting ability. For preschoolers, Kumon has a range of options available, including Kumon’s Pencils Skills Programme.

To shed some light on the experience of our early learners, we spoke to some of parents of preschoolers who have enrolled their children into Kumon to develop their reading and counting ability. Here are their thoughts:

“There’s a period when children are very open and curious. If you can catch them there then the learning kind of happens naturally. It just becomes part of who they are because they are still in their developmental stage.” – Leticia

“When I enrolled my children, both of them had very low muscle tone and their fine motor skills were very poor. They couldn’t even hold a pencil. [When I enrolled them into Kumon], I just thought they’d be ready for kindergarten, I wasn’t expecting them to excel. Anything after that was exciting for me.” – Eva

“I’ve noticed that Kumon has helped in other areas, particularly with my little boy. He’s definitely more disciplined now. When my little boy is in class, he knows that he needs to listen and focus; he knows it’s important. He realises in his own way that he’s learning.” – Tam

“I don’t think it is too much for my daughter to do Kumon every day. Each workbook only takes a small amount of time. I thought to myself, ‘Why not start something that has some kind of system to slowly introduce her to difficult concepts?’ Through starting one step at a time … we can achieve a bigger result.” – Stephanie

To find out whether Kumon’s Pencil Skills Programme is suitable for your child, please speak with your local Kumon Instructor.

After walking 800km, Anna hands in her holiday homework

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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!

Three ways to help your children love learning this summer

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With the arrival of the summer holidays, children can play without the interruptions of the classroom. Parents also finally have precious extra time to relax and spend with their children; whether this is on holiday, at the poolside or beach, or just relaxing together to read a favourite book.

The summer holidays are a time to show children that learning can be intriguing and enjoyable! Here are three ways you can help your children love learning this summer holidays.

1. Encourage and engage with their curiosity

A curious mind is eager to learn more, and will serve children well throughout their education and life. Sometimes children ask thousands of questions each day! Answering questions honestly and genuinely will provide opportunities to discuss the question topic in more depth. If neither of you know the answer, then this is an opportunity for you both to find the answer together.

2. Get reading!

Summer is a great time for children to pick up a book, get lost in a story, and learn more while they’re at it!

Keep books by your children’s bedside these holidays, in the playroom—all over the house—and make sure they are in places within children’s reach. Bring books with you on car trips, to the grocery store, anywhere. Rather than handing them an electronic device, hand them a book they love.

3. For the long-term, help them develop a growth mindset

A growth mindset is the belief that one’s abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort and perseverance. Children with a growth mindset realise their effort has a direct impact on their achievement, they acknowledge their current abilities are a starting point for reaching their potential. They are more likely to put in the extra yards needed to succeed.

Kumon is enrolling throughout the summer break. This this could be a time to help you child begin to develop this mindset. Kumon’s programmes help students develop this way of thinking by building students’ confidence through its Maths and English programmes. These programmes show children that through effort, they can achieve.

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