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School, sport, Kumon Maths and English: Seth packs it all into a busy schedule

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Hockey, karate, Kumon; 12-year-old Seth is a busy boy. Despite his schedule, the Year 6 student can comfortably study Kumon Maths and English ahead of his school grade level.

Seth is two years ahead of his school grade in Kumon Maths and one year ahead in Kumon English. In Kumon Maths, he covers content that Year 8 students are working through. In Kumon English, he is interpreting excerpts from books like Weather Eye by Lesley Howarth.

Kumon Maths and English are personalised after-school tuition programmes. 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.

Seth has been recently selected in the Southern Tasmanian U12 representative team as goalkeeper. He is also an orange belt in karate.

“Like studying Kumon every day, I know that to do well in hockey and karate, I have to be dedicated”, Seth says.

Seth studies at Kumon North Hobart Education Centre, which is ranked as one of three best tutors in Hobart. This Centre is led by his mother Carmel Davies.

“Seth was really why I opened Kumon North Hobart Education Centre in 2017”, Carmel explains.

“He was still spelling phonetically when we moved from WA to Tassie while he was in Year 2; I think he missed out on something fundamental earlier on. I think the practise built into both Kumon Maths and English was key”.

Carmel also says that Kumon’s benefits go beyond academics.

“It’s helped Seth develop positive habits, created routine, so he can manage his studies as well as all his other extracurricular activities”, Carmel says.

Seth’s story was also covered in the Hobart Observer. Click here to read more. 

Kumon Maths and English comes to Ballarat, Victoria

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Serena Halligan, a Ballarat perioperative nurse and the daughter of an educator of hundreds of Victorian children, was once a reluctant student.

Serena’s mother Pam Halligan, from 1990 to 2006, was the Instructor of two Kumon Education Centres in Melbourne.

Kumon is a personalised after-school maths and English programme. In Kumon, students study at their own pace. This means students who are struggling take the time they need to master a concept, while advanced students race ahead.

“When I started out as a Kumon student in the late 1980s, my maths skills were pretty poor. I was not a great student”, Serena says. “When I started helping out at my mum’s Centre at the age of 12, my enthusiasm for Kumon surprisingly changed”.

“I was happy to sit down and work through the Kumon worksheets without any prompting”.

Pam retired from Kumon after receiving a diagnosis of multiple myeloma in 2006. Serena then moved to Ballarat to begin a career in nursing.

“Kumon kept popping into my head”, Serena says. “There hadn’t been a Kumon Education Centre in Ballarat for many years. I knew that I wanted my twin boys, Finn and Hugo, to experience Kumon.”

“This is how the second part of my Kumon journey began.”

Serena is set to open Kumon Ballarat Education Centre on August 19. She is proud to be following in her mother’s footsteps.

“Last year my mum’s health deteriorated. After undergoing last line treatments, she passed away in October 2018”, Serena says. “Before her passing, I was able to tell my mum that I was planning to open Kumon Ballarat and that my first enrolments would be her grandsons Finn and Hugo.”

“I knew that she would be so proud and excited about this next chapter for our family.”

Ballarat is experiencing rapid population and demographic changes due to many families moving in from Melbourne. As such, Serena believes Kumon will be a great boon for the community.

“Kumon nurtures young minds by instilling lifelong skills that lead to confidence and strong academic ability”, Serena says.

Kumon Ballarat will open on August 19. It will operate from one2one Gillies Street Church of Christ on Mondays and Thursdays, from 3pm to 6pm. For more information, please contact Serena on 0432 258 313 or email kumon.ballarat@gmail.com.

Shiori races ahead in Kumon Maths and English

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Through Kumon’s support, high school maths and English is no problem for 11 year old Shiori.

Shiori, who is in Year 6 primary school, can already work material that Year 11 students study. She developed her advanced abilities by studying the Maths and English Programmes at Kumon Applecross Education Centre.

Shiori says while Kumon can be difficult, it has taught her to embrace challenges.

“When I take on a challenge, I feel like it needs to be solved”, Shiori says. “I think challenges are good for me because I want to know how far my abilities can go.”

“Learning new things is also important to me,”

Kumon offers personalised maths and English after-school tuition programmes that allow students to study at their own pace. Advanced students 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.

Shiori has been enrolled in Kumon since 2011.

Juslin, Shiori’s mother, says Kumon study has many benefits.

“Over the years, Shiori’s developed time skills, discipline, she’s confidence, critical thinking; she can apply these in her schoolwork and her daily life as well”, Juslin says.

Shiori aspires to become a scientist when she grows up.

Shiva knows she can take on any challenge

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After trialing Kumon for free in 2013, nine year old Shiva Srinivasan stuck with it and now is way ahead in maths and English.

Shiva, who is in Year 4 at primary school, is studying Kumon Maths at the Year 8 level and has completed Kumon English, meaning she has the literacy skills of a Year 12 student. Shiva is also the youngest English Completer in Australia listed in the latest Advanced Student Honour Roll.

“Kumon English has helped me with my reading and comprehension skills. It has given me so much confidence at school”, Shiva says.

“Kumon Maths has given me mental maths skills so I don’t have to use my fingers and toes to count.”

“Kumon has also helped me learn to overcome challenges through perseverance, discipline, dedication and a never give up attitude. This will help me realise my dreams of inspiring and helping the world.”

Shiva aspires to become a vet when she grows up. She studies at Kumon East Victoria Park Education Centre, led by her father Sri Ayyalusamy.

He says Kumon is about more than developing academic ability.

“You can start and go anywhere if you have determination, discipline and time-management”, Sri says.

“All these qualities, we facilitate at Kumon. They are helpful in any learning area.”

Kumon Australia and New Zealand – Potential 2019, Issue 2

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One’s earliest experiences lay the foundation for progress in later life. Therefore, Kumon Australia and New Zealand has dedicated this issue of Potential to sharing the experiences of current and former Kumon early learners, and their parents.

We hope you enjoy our digital copy below!

Kumon maths and english

Why is studying both Kumon Maths and English beneficial?

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Studying both the Kumon Maths and English programmes supports the development of students’ foundational numeracy and literacy skills.

According to the Queensland Department of Education and Training, numeracy enables students to develop logical thinking and reasoning strategies. They need these qualities in order to solve problems and make sense of time, numbers, patterns and shapes. This supports them in activities like cooking, reading a map or bill, reading instructions, and even playing sport.

Strong literacy skills are equally important, according to the Queensland Department of Education and Training. Literacy enables children to make sense of written, visual and spoken texts. This includes books, newspapers, magazines, timetables, television, radio, signs, maps, conversations and instructions.

The study of literacy also supports students with their numeracy. Research published in the Journal of Educational Research and Practice, indicated that English native language proficiency is a predictor of students’ maths scores.

This backs up assertions made by Toru Kumon, Kumon’s late founder.

“Many of the students who cannot calculate the answers [in maths] do not understand the meaning of the questions”, Toru Kumon said.

“They cannot figure out the answers because their reading comprehension is poor.”

Aside from literacy and numeracy skills, the Kumon Maths and English programmes also support students in developing vital skills. This includes identifying and interpreting information, critical and creative thinking, transferring knowledge into new contexts and a disciplined approach to learning every single day.

Studying both programmes at the same time, can also further enhance reasoning and communication skills in the classroom, and beyond.

Kalash shoots for the stars in Kumon Maths

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He might only be six years old, but Kalash’s maths ability is already reaching astronomical heights.

Kalash, who is in Year 1, studies the Kumon Maths programme at the Year 7 level.

“Kumon has helped me a lot in school, I’m mostly the very first to finish my work”, Kalash says. “I feel really happy and confident.”

Kalash wants to become an astronaut when he grows up. Maths is his favourite subject.

“In maths, we build up a lot of confidence by solving different kinds of problems in different ways”, Kalash says.

Kumon Maths and English are personalised learning after-school tuition programmes which allow students to study at their own pace. This means advanced students, like Kalash, 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.

Sanjeev, Kalash’s father, says Kumon has supported his son to become an independent learner.

“He can now think through problems by himself, he can solve them by himself”, Sanjeev says. “He’s no longer dependent on me”.

Experience Kumon Maths or English with our Free Trial offer

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In May and August, Kumon offers families a Free Trial of its Maths or English programmes.

As part of the free trial, your child attend four consecutive class days at a Kumon Education Centre. Classes are spread across two weeks and are completely free.  Students will receive the necessary materials to continue their Kumon studies at home.

“The Free Trial is good because it gives us two-weeks, multiple classes, multiple workbooks. Therefore a family and a student will get a good sense of rhythm.”

“It’s very important that Kumon becomes habitual and rhythmic”, explains Michael Hull, Instructor at Kumon Randwick Education Centre in Sydney.

Michael opened Kumon Randwick Education Centre in 2016. However, his 16-year Kumon journey started as a parent. All seven of his children have been enrolled into Kumon, five are current students.

“What I saw with my children from doing Kumon was an early increase in confidence. It was easily the first thing I saw. It emerged within weeks”, Michael says.

“They gained the knowledge that they could do maths. We began with Kumon Maths when they first started. They didn’t know what they were capable of before that and they were quite anxious; they felt they had no control over what they were doing.”

Michael’s daughter Kate is now studying materials engineering. Her sister, Lucy, is studying a combined actuarial studies and music degree. He says Kumon has taught all his children, “how to sit down, begin a task, and finish it”.

“That’s such a valuable lesson for these kids to learn”, he says.

Please contact your local Kumon Education Centre for more information.

Terms and conditions apply:

  • Places are limited. Acceptance for the Free Trial is on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • The registration deadline for the Free Trial varies across Centres
  • Attending an information session is mandatory before your child can participate in the Free Trial
  • The Free Trial consists of four consecutive sessions at a Kumon Education Centre over two weeks during May or August
  • Worksheets are provided for non-Centre days during the two weeks
  • Late registration may result in fewer study sessions
  • Class days, operating hours and available sessions vary across Centres
  • The Free Trial is available for one subject only (either English or Maths).

There is no obligation to enrol after the Free Trial.

About Kumon

Kumon comes to Mount Barker, South Australia

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Kumon will soon open in Mount Barker, 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. He has been heavily involved with Mount Barker Tennis Club for the last two and half years. Atilio has also 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 in Mount Barker and surround areas with their maths and English. Kumon can also support them to develop life skills.

“I believe Kumon can instil in children the love for learning independently and discipline. It also helps them to develop confidence. Kumon students 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: Kumon’s National Instructors’ Conference 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. We run this annual event to create a platform where all our 330 Kumon Instructors in Australia and New Zealand can meet, network and learn from each other.

Our Kumon Instructors will also hear from a range of speakers. One of whom is Maya Thiagarajan, a former school teacher and now education consultant. She is also the 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 in Brisbane, Queensland, our Kumon Instructors will be able to collectively contribute even more to children’s education within their respective Kumon Education Centres.

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