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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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Kumon Maths and English comes to Warriewood, Sydney

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Kumon Maths and English has come to Warriewood, Sydney, to support the learning of all children in the area.

Kumon Warriewood Education Centre is led by Carol Selvaratnam. She was inspired to open her Centre after seeing how her niece, who was previously lagging, behind in maths, benefitted from Kumon.

“I noticed how much her confidence improved. She was no longer afraid of attempting challenging maths questions on her own”, Carol says.

“When she was successful in getting into a selective school’s maths extension class, I was convinced of the benefits of Kumon. I decided I wanted to be part of a system that empowers students to become achievers.”

Kumon Warriewood Education Centre is located in Warriewood Square Shopping Centre, just above Woolworths. It is open from 2:30-6:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Please ring Carol on 0421 592 430 if you would like to enrol or to find out more information about Kumon Maths and English in Warriewood.

Lana masters Kumon English in one year

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In just one year with Kumon, Lana went from barely understanding English to communicating fluently.

Lana, 13 years old and in Year 7, was born in Serbia. She attended preschool and early primary school in Belgium, before moving to Australia with her family. Lana spoke Serbian at home. She was educated in French until Year 4.

After moving to Australia, Lana enrolled into the Kumon English programme. She has studied with Kumon Mordialloc Education Centre ever since.

“When I started I knew very little English. Within a year’s work, I was speaking and writing in English with almost no mistakes”, Lana says.

Lana has completed Kumon English. She can read and write at the Year 12 level. In high school,  she is also in the accelerated learning program. She was also elected school captain in primary school.

“Kumon played an essential role in Lana’s English development, especially in essay writing”, says Lana’s mother Natasa. “As she only started to speak English a year prior, Lana becoming school captain in primary school made us extremely proud”, Natasa says.

“Kumon played an essential role in these achievements. We are very grateful”.

Lana wants to become an air force pilot or neurosurgeon when she grows up. She is also enrolled in Kumon Maths. Lana hopes to complete the programme by March next year.

If she achieves this, it means she can solve maths equations that university students study.

Anastasia achieves in Kumon Maths through effort, perseverance

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Anastasia, nine years old, knows that through effort and perseverance, she can solve any problem in Kumon Maths. The Year 4 student studies Kumon Maths at the Year 6 level.

Anastasia says Kumon Maths boosted her confidence. Kumon Maths has shown her what she can achieve through effort and perseverance, she says. Anastasia studies at Kumon Beeliar Education Centre. 

“Kumon has helped me to rethink and reset my goals because of my heightened self-belief”, she says.

Anastasia’s goal is to become a cancer researcher.

“My dad recently went through a cancer scare. Watching him, and all the wonderful people at the Fiona Stanley Cancer Centre, who helped him through his ordeal, has inspired me”, Anastasia says.

In Kumon, advanced students’ abilities are adequately stretched, while those struggling can stay back to practise and revise.

Suzana, Anastasia’s mother, says Kumon Maths helped her daughter in many ways.

“Advanced learning helped Anastasia to significantly extend her maths knowledge and to approach all her tasks in a much more positive manner”, Suzana says.

“In my opinion, it is very important that every child reaches their potential. If a child has the capacity to learn ahead of their school grade, then I fully support it”.

Kumon Maths and English comes to Pennant Hills, Sydney

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Kumon Maths and English has come to Pennant Hills, Sydney, to support all children’s learning in the area.

Kumon Pennant Hills Education Centre is led by Gigi Jiang, who was inspired to become a Kumon Instructor through her mum’s experience as a childcare director with students who studied Kumon Maths and English.

“She always said Kumon kids had confidence, good learning habits, and made friends easily”, Gigi says.

Gigi says Kumon will help develop children’s potential by engaging the whole family in education.

“Kumon requires that students, parents and Instructors work together to achieve a common study goal”, Gigi says.

“Students will see they are not working alone. One example of this, is that in Kumon, we suggest that parents read with their kids together at home for 10-30 minutes a day, to develop a strong reading habit.”

Kumon Pennant Hills Education Centre is located at Pennant Hills Uniting Church on the corner of Boundary Road and Bellamy Street.

To find out more or to enrol, please ring Gigi on 0444 540 293 or email kumonpennanthills@gmail.com.

Kumon Maths and English comes to Mount Druitt, Sydney

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Kumon Maths and English has come to Mount Druitt, Sydney, to support the learning of all children in the area.

Kumon Mount Druitt Education Centre is led by Kristine Zamora, a former commercial banking executive and later early childhood educator. She discovered Kumon in 2006 while living in the Philippines.

Two years later Kristine and her family migrated to Australia. Then she enrolled her children into a Kumon Education Centre.

“The most valuable thing about Kumon, is it helps children develop the needed discipline for them to realise their dreams”, Kristine says.

“When fostered well, this discipline is their springboard to their success and achievement”.

Kumon Mount Druitt operates at Mount Druitt Community Hall. The Centre is open on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 7pm.

Kristine says her Centre will be a place where students will be motivated and taught how to achieve. And not only in school.

“I endeavour to make a positive impact in the lives of the children of Mount Druitt, by sparking a fire and desire to pursue further education”, Kristine says.

“I want my students to understand the value of resilience and self-learning, to know that the consistent hard work they put in now, will garner a higher return for them in the future”.

To find out more about Kumon Mount Druitt Education Centre or to enrol in the Maths and/or English programme, please ring Kristine on 0452 627 429 or email kumon.mountdruitt@gmail.com.

Kumon Maths and English comes to Redbank Plains, Brisbane

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She  has owned and operated Kumon Springfield Lakes Education Centre for seven years. Now, Instructor Vijaya Kannan will help bring Kumon Maths and English to more families by opening Kumon Redbank Plains Education Centre.

Vijaya helped hundreds of Greater Springfield students to develop their Maths and English abilities. One of these students is Coleman, an aspiring basketballer and Redbank Plains local, who began Kumon Maths and English while falling behind in school.

“I began Kumon as a Year 5 student working through Year 3 workbooks”, says Coleman. “Within a year, I was studying Kumon above my school grade level.”

As Hazel, Coleman’s mother, explains, the benefits of Kumon go beyond purely academic study.

“The structure and expectations of Kumon established great time management skills in Coleman. It gave him back his self-confidence that almost disappeared three years ago”, Hazel says. “It introduced him to goal setting. He extends this through his school and sporting commitments.”

After studying with Kumon, Coleman was accepted into Ipswich Grammar School on a full scholarship. He continues to excel in school and on the basketball court.

Kumon Redbank Plains Education Centre opens on Monday, October 1 2018 at Redbank Plains Community Centre. To enrol or to find more information please contact Vijaya on 0437 301 011 or email kumonredbankplains@gmail.com.

Cleo

Kumon Maths and English student pursues medical career

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It was 18-year-old Kumon Maths and English student Cleo’s own experience undergoing surgery that inspired her pursue a career in medicine.

“When I underwent surgery a few years ago, I admired the way my doctor treated myself and other patients with the utmost compassion, empathy and respect”, Cleo says.

“I was blown away by his leadership skills and the way he guided his team of interns and registrars.”

Cleo is now a first year Curtin University medical student. She aspires to become a “competent and compassionate” doctor and an advocate for healthcare improvements. She completed the Kumon Maths and English programmes at Kumon Canning Vale Education Centre.

Kumon Maths and English focus on developing children’s reading and calculation ability. These are fundamental to success in all subjects at school. Kumon also develops students’ ability to think through challenges by themselves.

Cleo says she is grateful to Kumon Maths and English for helping her kickstart her career.

“Kumon instils discipline and self-motivation in students”, Cleo explains. “It is one of the main reasons why my work ethic is what it is today and for that I am very grateful.”

Kumon also tailors its teaching to needs of each student.

“In Kumon, you can progress onto the next stage or spend extra time revising difficult concepts,” Cleo says. “The programme is adaptable and flexible which really helps bring out the best in each student.”

Cleo’s story was covered in the Canning Times. Click here to read more. 

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