Kumon is a home-based, pencil-and-paper method of learning. Scroll to learn more about how Kumon supports the learning of students across Australia and New Zealand.
Kym – Reassurance that learning will continue at home
With most children in Victoria now learning at home, Melbourne dad Kym is confident that his boys’ learning will continue to go smoothly with Kumon’s support.
Kym – whose sons Levi, aged 8, and Jett, aged 6, study Kumon Maths and English – says continuing to study Kumon at home provides him with reassurance that both of his boys will continue to learn.
“The structure and support provided by Kumon’s home-based programme to drive our children’s education is invaluable”, Kym says.
“There’s a lot of unknowns going on at the moment, but there’s certainty and consistency with Kumon.”
Kumon is a partnership between student, parent and Instructor, which continues during extended periods at home. The Instructor creates an individualised study plan for each student, and sends home the worksheets they are ready to learn next on their own.
Students study their worksheets, daily. Parents encourage their children to complete their worksheets to the best of their ability. Parents then mark and grade the completed worksheets.
Kumon Maths develops calculation ability. Kumon English builds reading comprehension. Both are pencil-and-paper based programmes where students take out their worksheets, pick up a pencil, read, think, write, and use an eraser to correct their errors.
Usually, students would receive support from their Kumon Instructor, in-person, at the Kumon Centre. Now, students and families receive regular communication via phone, email, SMS or video messaging.
“Our Kumon Instructor has been really consistent with her communication”, Kym says. “For example, we receive regular text message updates about the boys’ learning. That’s really helpful.”
For more information on Kumon’s home-based programmes, please contact your nearest Kumon centre. Operations will vary from centre-to-centre during this period.
Nick – Continuing to learn through any situation
In December 2019, Nick, a Year 4 student, departed on a family holiday to China. Nick’s family trip was originally for two months. But as the COVID-19 crisis escalated, Nick and his family found themselves unable to return to Australia.
These obstacles haven’t stopped Nick from keeping up with his study of Kumon Maths and English. Nick is keeping up with his daily study while in China. He continues to make progress.
“Kumon has helped me a lot, such as doing fractions in maths and learning English words and sentences”, Nick says.
“For me, it is important to keep learning and to maintain my study habit.”
Originally, Nick and his family arranged with his Kumon Instructor to bring two months of worksheets with them to China. After completing all these worksheets, Nick asked his auntie in Melbourne to take photos of every page of the new worksheets that his Instructor provided her and to send them to Nick over the phone.
Nick then hand copies the photo of the worksheet onto a blank piece of paper and gets on with his study.
“Nick is independent, strong and self-disciplined”, says Nick’s dad. “He is strict with himself, keen to progress and doesn’t like to fall behind.”
“This is all due to the good study habit built up in his previous study.”
Nick’s dad also says that a supportive learning environment at home is conducive for his son’s progress.
“Nick has a quiet study environment at home; we are always there for him”, explains Nick’s dad. “We communicate with his Kumon Instructor proactively and prepare all resources for Nick. Whenever Nick encounters difficulties we are there to help.”
At the time of writing, Nick is three years ahead of his school grade level in Kumon Maths and two years ahead in Kumon English. He is a long-term Kumon student, having been enrolled for two years already.
At the early stages of his Kumon study, he received greater hands-on support from his Kumon Instructor to build his independent and self-learning ability.
But as Nick progressed through the worksheets, he became more independent and consistent in his study, though he still participates in regular video sessions with his Kumon Instructor.
“My assistants and I always make ourselves available via Zoom and WhatsApp to support Nick and his family”, says Gloria, his Kumon Instructor.
“This has supported Nick to keep learning and to continue to make progress.”
Kumon is a home-based, pencil and paper programme students can study, at home, every day on their own. For more information on Kumon’s home-based programmes, please contact your nearest Kumon centre. Operations will vary from centre-to-centre during this period.