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Kumon: building foundations for later learning

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Kumon believes the early years of a child’s life are a vital period for developing the foundation for lifelong learning. This is why we encourage you, as a parent, to enrol your child at a young age.

Below are three ways Kumon helps your preschooler to build early foundational skills:

1. Developing fine motor skills

The development of your child’s fine motor skills is essential for the development of good handwriting. This is essential for your child to use the written word to communicate and express themselves.

To develop fine motor skills, Kumon goes back to the basics. Before your child writes letters and numbers, Kumon ensures they grip a pencil correctly and builds overall pencil skills.

Our exercises gently progress children from colouring pictures with a thick crayon, to carefully drawing straight and curved lines. As children continue to progress with Kumon, they join their letters for cursive handwriting, form sentences and write neatly with speed and accuracy.

We know there are many stages before a child can write with dexterity. Kumon’s programmes and Instructors support early learners through all the stages.

2.  Build early study habits and academic ability

Through Kumon, early learners are exposed to their very first reading and mathematical concepts. They also learn to read and follow examples, and build the very beginnings of their study flow.As these habits begin to develop, so too will your child’s academic ability.

Depending on their ability, early learners enrolled in Kumon Maths will count, read, trace and write numbers. Those enrolled in Kumon English will recite words, phrases and short sentences, as well as tracing and write letters of the alphabet.

Gaining a head start on these foundations will be of lifelong benefit for your children.

3.Nurturing a positive attitude towards learning

Our Kumon Instructors and assistants will praise your child for each little milestone they make in their learning. This is to ensure that your child will grow to associate learning with enjoyment.

When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behaviour they adopt, are all about honing and moulding the holistic child.

What to expect in your child’s first year of Kumon

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Confidence, mastery of the basics and a strong study habit are foundations for advanced study.  These foundations are what Kumon aims to develop by the end of a student’s first year.

What can you and your child expect to see and experience during your first year of Kumon?

Easy Starting Point

As a Kumon student, your child will begin with worksheets that are very easy for them. So easy, your child will complete many worksheets, with a near perfect score, in a short amount of time.

As your child completes more and more worksheets, their concentration expands, confidence grows and a daily study habit forms.

This process is known as the easy starting point. It takes up the first few months of a student’s Kumon programme. Toru Kumon, the late founder of the Kumon Method, designed the easy-starting point to be a motivational tool.

“Most children have no interest in their studies if [it] is too difficult”, Toru Kumon wrote.

“Therefore, by having students begin at a level that is below their academic ability when starting Kumon, [they] achieve many perfect scores and increase their interest and motivation.”

Karna, a parent from Melbourne, says Kumon had this effect on his children.

“Kumon is helping my children to overcome those fears and feelings of, ‘I can’t do it’”, explains Karna.

“Now my kids, even if it’s difficult they will say, ‘I’ll give it a try’. That’s what they say. That’s what we want.”

 

 

Practice, challenges and a strong foundation

After the easy starting point, your child will encounter work that is more challenging.

When needed, they will practise worksheets, to decrease the number of errors, reduce a completion time, review an earlier topic or consolidate their knowledge of a new topic before they move on.

The right amount of practice, with a daily study habit, will lay the foundation for smooth progress.

“I think this builds children’s confidence and gives them a good foundation for higher levels [of learning]”, says Monica, a Kumon parent from Brisbane.

Toru Kumon explained that practice consolidates students’ knowledge and increases their confidence. This process leads to many small improvements, such as sitting still and concentrating on worksheets for longer periods of time; working quickly and constantly moving their pencil; not moving their eyes from the worksheet, neatly writing answers, and moving to the next worksheet page after completing their current one.

You may start to notice these changes in your own child.

 

 

Progress and motivation

As your child begins to encounter more difficult work, motivation levels may fluctuate.

Toru Kumon maintained it was essential that Kumon Instructors and parents keenly observe students’ progress, and praise the child for their effort.

“A long time ago, a student of mine received a score of zero on three consecutive tests”, Toru Kumon explained.

“You might think there is no way to praise a score of zero, but when I reread the answer sheets more closely, I found … what was written on each test was different. On the first test almost nothing was written, but on the second one, some things were written and some problems were attempted – definite signs of progress.”

“It is very important to have powers of observation to discover your child’s strong points. Watch for specific signs of progress and praise and encourage your children”, he concluded.

 

 

Self-learning and confidence

Your child will begin to take charge of their learning and become a self-learner. They will also reach Kumon International Standard, the benchmark for study just above school grade level.

Around this stage, it is likely your child will develop the confidence to know they can answer questions and solve problems if they try.

“Kumon has helped [my daughter] Tia to develop the habit of studying on a daily basis. She has become more confident”, says Abhinav, from Auckland and the father of an advanced student.

“Kumon helps kids with their learning. It helps in overall child development.”

Tia is seven years old, an aspiring doctor and advanced Kumon student. She says Kumon helped her greatly.

“I am more confident and am able to help other kids in my class with their learning”, Tia says. “I find it easy to do my work in school. I am able to learn things quickly.”

Toru Kumon always argued that advanced students are confident in their abilities and have the skills to learn new concepts independently.

 

We encourage you to discuss your child’s progress with your Instructor should you have any questions regarding your child’s first year at Kumon.

Kumon Australia looking for franchisees to change lives through education

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Kumon, the world’s largest after-school learning programme, is on the lookout for 22 new franchisees to operate Kumon Education Centres in Australia.

This is part of an effort to ensure that as many children as possible have the opportunity to learn through Kumon’s Maths and English programmes. With already nearly 300 franchises across Australia, Kumon has experienced consecutive growth in student enrolment numbers since 2009.

As of September 2019, there were 48,290 students studying with Kumon in Australia.

“Our student enrolment numbers are more than business indices, they are indicative of the contribution Kumon makes towards society by supporting the learning of Australian children”, said Esther Head, Public Relations Division Leader at Kumon Australia and New Zealand.

“Kumon’s individualised learning method can be tailored to suit the unique needs of each student. We want to provide as many Australian children as possible with the opportunity to learn with Kumon. We are looking for the right people to become Kumon franchisees to help us bring this goal into reality.”

The Kumon franchise was established in Japan by high school maths teacher Toru Kumon. Kumon grew rapidly in Japan and soon expanded beyond its borders. By 1984, the first Kumon franchise was opened in Australia.

Kumon is an individualised, after-school learning programme that develops students’ maths and English knowledge and abilities. In Kumon, capable students can go ahead to study content that is above their school grade, while those who may be falling behind can go back to practise and revise.

Through their Kumon study, students progress ahead of school grade level and become self-learners. Kumon is also pencil-and-paper learning.

“Students benefit tremendously from just 30 minutes of Kumon study each day”, said Head. “The daily practice, self-learning and pencil-and-paper approach in the Kumon Maths and English programmes, nurture Kumon students to become confident, independent learners.”

“This is incredibly important for students in the twenty-first century.”

Kumon Australia is looking for new franchisees in the following locations throughout Australia:

Australian Capital Territory
• Holt/Kippax

New South Wales
• Campsie (existing franchise for sale)
• Castle Hill – Terminus Street (existing franchise for sale)
• Liverpool (existing franchise for sale)
• Maitland
• Menai (existing franchise for sale)
• Oran Park
• Rouse Hill (existing franchise for sale)
• Springwood
• Wagga Wagga
• Wollongong (existing franchise for sale)

Queensland
• Ashgrove
• Beenleigh
• Morayfield

Victoria
• Bundoora (existing franchise for sale)
• Mt Eliza/Frankston
• Reservoir (existing franchise for sale)

Western Australia
• Butler/Alkimos
• Kelmscott
• Mandurah
• Busselton

Please visit our franchise website should you be interested in one of these opportunities.

Response to COVID-19 as of Tuesday 17 March 2020

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Parents, please read these latest recommendations from the Australian Government Department of Health regarding COVID-19: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

    1. People who have been in contact with any confirmed COVID-19 cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure
    2. Returned travellers from overseas countries must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Australia.

We thank you for assisting us by keeping any children who are unwell away from the Kumon Centre. We expect this will need to continue with staff and students for the foreseeable future.

How you can help us:

  • Keep unwell children at home.
  • Send your child to class with their own drink bottle and supplies (pencil and eraser).
  • Teach your child the correct coughing and sneezing etiquette (into their elbow or into a tissue).
  • Encourage your child to always wash their hands thoroughly and use hand sanitiser if it is provided.

Thank you for helping us to maintain student, parent and staff safety.

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Simplified Chinese:

家长们请留意并阅读以下澳大利亚政府卫生部关于新型冠状病毒(COVID-19)的最新建议:https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

  1. 接触过已确诊感染新型冠状病毒COVID-19病例的人员请务必于接触后在家中隔离14天。
  1. 从海外归来澳大利亚的旅客务必于到达后自我隔离14天。

感谢您对我们工作的支持,让身体不适的学生暂时不要前来公文中心学习。近期内我们都将继续恳请任何身体不适的员工或学生避免前来公文中心。

请通过以下方式帮助我们:

  • 让身体不适的学生留在家中。
  • 让来公文中心学习的学生携带并使用自己的水壶,铅笔和橡皮擦。
  • 教会您的孩子咳嗽或打喷嚏时用肘部或纸巾掩盖口鼻。
  • 鼓励您的孩子洗手时彻底清洁。如有消毒洗手液请鼓励孩子妥善使用。

我们再次感谢您帮助我们确保每一位学生,家长和员工的健康与安全。

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Traditional Chinese:

家長們請留意並閱讀以下澳大利亞政府衛生部關於新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19)的最新建議:https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

  1. 接觸過已確診感染新型冠狀病毒COVID-19病例的人員請務必於接觸後在家中隔離14天。
  1. 从海外归来新西兰的旅客务必于到达后自我隔离14天。

感謝您對我們工作的支持,讓身體不適的學生暫時不要前來公文中心學習。近期內我們都將繼續懇請任何身體不適的員工或學生避免前來公文中心。

請通過以下方式幫助我們:

  • 讓身體不適的學生留在家中。
  • 讓來公文中心學習的學生攜帶並使用自己的水壺,鉛筆和橡皮擦。
  • 教會您的孩子咳嗽或打噴嚏時用肘部或紙巾掩蓋口鼻。
  • 鼓勵您的孩子洗手時徹底清潔。如有消毒洗手液請鼓勵孩子妥善使用。

我們再次感謝您幫助我們確保每一位學生,家長和員工的健康與安全。

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Kumon Maths and English coming soon to Cannon Hill, Brisbane!

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Kumon is coming to Cannon Hill, Brisbane, to support the maths and English learning of all children in the local area. Kumon Cannon Hill Education Centre will open on March 1 2020.

The Centre is led by Instructor Dee Keshwani. Dee saw the benefits of Kumon for developing her son’s ability and confidence with maths. When the chance arose for Dee to bring Kumon Maths and English to Cannon Hill and surrounding areas, she jumped for it.

“I have also always enjoyed maths”, Dee says. “It is an interest I share with my son. He was the one who wanted me to give being a Kumon Instructor a try. He told me that I would be good at it. I also wanted to help other kids become more confident and to enjoy learning.

“For most of my professional life I have been a small business owner and have always enjoyed being around kids”, she continues. “I have helped out at my kids’ school with homework and teacher support during class times.”

Kumon Cannon Hill Education Centre will be located at the Cannon Hill School of Arts, 958 Wynnum Road, Cannon Hill. It will be open after school on Monday and Fridays, from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.

“The Centre will be my way of contributing to society by helping students to enjoy learning”, Dee says. “Students at Kumon Cannon Hill Education Centre will grow to become confident self-learners and problem solvers.”

“I want my students to carry these abilities out into the real world, to face challenges with confidence and to continue learning by themselves.”

If you would like to enroll or to learn more about Kumon Cannon Hill Education Centre, please ring Dee on 0414 890 671 or email kumoncannonhill@gmail.com.

Message regarding the bushfires in Australia

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Whilst bushfire conditions in some states have improved, Kumon Australia and New Zealand asks all families to continue to stay safe.

If any currently enrolled Kumon families in Australia have been affected by the bushfires, we ask that you please contact your Kumon Education Centre to advise them as soon as convenient.

If you don’t have your Centre’s contact details on hand, please use the search function on this website: https://www.kumonsearch.com.au/.

Alternatively, you are welcome to let us know through our online enquiry form.

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Hayden develops lifelong study skills through Kumon Maths

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Hayden’s Kumon Maths study went a long way to helping him achieve the International General Certificate of Secondary Education in mathematics. The IGCSE is an internationally recognized mathematics qualification set by the University of Cambridge.

Hayden, who is 16 years old and due to begin Year 11 high school, completed the examination last year to attain is IGCSE. Hayden  also completed the Kumon Maths programme in June. This meant he already mastered many maths concepts he encountered within the IGCSE examination, including trigonometry and quadratic equations.

Hayden says Kumon also helped him develop strong study skills.

“Kumon gives you the discipline to be able to sit down and actually finish something, rather than leaving it half done”, Hayden says.

The Kumon Maths programme develops quick, precise calculation skills for the study of high school mathematics. In Kumon all students also progress at an individualised pace. Advanced students can go ahead to study content that is above their school grade, while those who may be falling behind can go back to practise and revise.

As students progress through Kumon, they develop self-learning skill. Self-learning is the ability to learn something new independently, without being taught.

Hayden studied at Kumon Floreat Education Centre.

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Kumon Maths and English comes to Warner, Queensland!

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Kumon has come to Warner in Queensland’s Moreton Bay region, to support the maths and English learning of all children in the area. The Centre will open on February 1 2020.

Kumon Warner Education Centre is led by Nancy Van Oorschot, who has a professional background in finance. Nancy first heard about Kumon through a close friend whose daughter achieved an academic scholarship through Kumon’s support.

This led to Nancy’s interest in becoming a Kumon Instructor and opening her own Centre.

“Every student is unique in their own way”, Nancy says. “The Kumon Method allows students to develop at the level that is just right for them.”

“Kumon Warner Education Centre will be a place where students can build confidence and independence each day”, she continues.

“The Kumon Method will guide students to become independent learners and to grow beyond school grade level.”

Kumon Warner Education Centre is located at Pendicup Community Centre at 365 Samsonvale Road, Warner. The Centre is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

To enrol or learn more about Kumon Warner Education Centre, please ring Nancy on 0426 978 272 or email kumonwarner@gmail.com.

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New edition of Potential magazine out now!

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One of Kumon’s fundamental goals is to build student’s foundations for future learning. Kumon Australia and New Zealand has dedicated this issue of Potential to sharing stories explaining how this is achieved through the Kumon programmes.

We hope you enjoy the digital copy below!

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Kumon helps Karthik to develop his maths talent

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Karthik Suresh always had a penchant for mathematics. By studying the Kumon Maths programme, he has been able delve into his interest and extend his numbers acumen.

Karthik studies at Kumon Modbury Education Centre. He has been enrolled into Kumon since Reception, the first year of primary school in South Australia.

Kumon is an individualised, afterschool tuition programme that allows students to study at their own pace. This means advanced students, like Karthik, can go ahead to study content that is above their school grade.

Karthik now studies Kumon Maths at the Year 8 level.

“Kumon has helped me to build my confidence, self-learning ability and problem-solving skills”, Karthik says. “I am happy to have achieved five years ahead in Kumon Maths.”

In recognition of his achievement, Karthik attended the Advanced Student Forum at the University of Adelaide – North Terrace on November 17.

At this event, he heard from a range of guest speakers, including The Hon. John Gardner MP, the SA Minister for Education, and Felicity Furey, an engineer and advocate for women in engineering.

Karthik’s mother, Lalita Iyer, says Kumon has supported Karthik in his overall growth.

“Through Kumon, Karthik has gained confidence to explore new problems on his own”, Lalita says. “Karthik receiving his award at the Advanced Student Forum was a moment of pride and pleasure for us.”

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