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Our Programmes and Benefits

Studying Kumon involves completing two sessions a week in a Kumon Centre, with up to 30 minutes of daily homework assigned. The Kumon Programmes aim to develop:

  • Calculation ability and reading ability
  • Concentration
  • The discipline to maintain a daily study and reading habit
  • The confidence to learn independently.

Please scroll down to read about the Kumon curricula and the specific topics that we cover in our Maths, English, Japanese and Kokugo programmes.

Maths

Kumon Maths helps students build their mathematical ability at a pace that is right for them. This means that the abilities of advanced students are adequately stretched and those who may be struggling are given the time they need to master a concept before moving on. The programme covers all concepts of Maths found in most school curricula; from number writing and recognition all the way to university level calculus.

English

Kumon English focuses on building students’ reading comprehension at a pace that is right for them. This is a critical skill for students to develop if they are to excel in school and beyond. The programme achieves this by teaching basic letter writing and recognition, sentence structure, and grammar. It gradually builds students skills to tackle more advanced concepts such as critical analysis.

Japanese

The Kumon Japanese Programme aims for mastery of advanced reading comprehension skills that enable students to fluently read authentic Japanese texts, such as books, newspapers and magazines.

The Kumon Japanese Programme has links to the Japanese Language Proficiency Tests conducted each year throughout the world by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Kumon Japanese students are thereby able to acquire qualifications that are internationally recognised.

The Kumon Japanese Programme is comprised of fifteen levels of worksheets that are designed for students to learn step-by-step. CDs recorded by native Japanese speakers ensure that students hear the correct pronunciation. After mastering hiragana and katakana (phonetic alphabets), students progress to the study of kanji (Chinese characters) and more complex sentence structures.

Kokugo

The Kumon Kokugo Programme is a language programme designed for children whose native language is Japanese; it assumes native Japanese fluency.

Students studying the Kumon Japanese Programme can also study the Kumon Kokugo Programme once they have completed the entire Kumon Japanese Programme. The Kumon Kokugo Programme enhances vocabulary acquisition through the development of advanced reading and writing skills.

Pencil Skills Programme

Helping young children acquire basic pencil control skills

The Pencil Skills Programme is a supplementary programme that supports the smooth development of the students’ progress in their main Kumon Programme by developing their ability to control a pencil.

Usually done as a prelude to Kumon Maths or Kumon English, the Pencil Skills Programme helps young children acquire basic pencil control skills.

These include the ability to hold a pencil securely and correctly; use consistent writing pressure, control the start and end of lines; draw straight lines, draw curved lines and draw lines within narrow spaces.

The worksheets are intended to be fun and may be used by preschoolers who are starting to use pencils. The Pencil Skills Programme consists of two levels, ZI and ZII, with 100 worksheets in each level.

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

Maths

Kumon Maths has many benefits for little ones. These include:

  • Instructing early learners on how to hold and use a pencil through interesting exercises and activities in the preparatory level worksheets
  • Helping them recite, read and count and write numbers by themselves
  • Assisting them to see the joy in learning through our colourful and interesting worksheets, and through the constant encouragement of their Kumon Instructor
  • Preparing them for later life with a strong foundation in mathematics
  • Kumon study only takes a small amount of time each day, leaving plenty of time for play and other activities!

English

Kumon English has many benefits for little ones. These include:

  • Instructing early learners on how to hold and use a pencil through interesting exercises and activities in the preparatory level worksheets
  • Helping them learn to read and recognise words, phrases and sentences, through repeating, reciting and reading. Additionally, their letter writing will improve by tracing, copying and writing words
  • Assisting them to see the joy in learning through our colourful and interesting worksheets, and through the constant encouragement of their Kumon Instructor
  • Preparing them for later life with a strong foundation in reading and writing
  • Kumon study only takes a small amount of time each day, leaving plenty of time for play and other activities!

Japanese

Kumon Japanese has many benefits for little ones. These include:

  • Learning a second language is proven to have great benefits for the development of children’s brains, and the earlier they begin to learn a language the more likely they are to retain the knowledge in later life
  • Helping them learn to read and recognise words, phrases and sentences, through repeating, reciting and reading. Additionally, their character writing will improve by tracing, copying and writing
  • Preparing them for later life with a strong foundation in reading and writing
  • Kumon study only takes a small amount of time each day, leaving plenty of time for play and other activities!

Kokugo

Kumon Kokugo has many benefits for little ones. These include:

  • Maintaining and developing their native language ability.
  • Helping them learn to read and recognise words, phrases and sentences, through repeating, reciting and reading. Additionally, their character writing will improve by tracing, copying and writing
  • Preparing them for later life with a strong foundation in reading and writing
  • Kumon study only takes a small amount of time each day, leaving plenty of time for play and other activities!

Maths

Kumon Maths can benefit learners who are aged five to 12 by:

  • Providing a personalised study programme based on your child’s individual needs and addressing any gaps in their learning. They can even go on to be advanced in their learning
  • Ensuring students have mastered essential mathematical concepts such as the four basic operations, fractions and algebra
  • Ensuring students have developed essential skills such as strong mental calculation ability, verification skills and self-correction skills
  • Extending the abilities of advanced students. Some students come to Kumon with a special interest or ability in Maths. Our programmes can help develop the interest of these students and pique their curiosity.

English

Kumon English can benefit learners who are aged five to 12 by:

  • Providing a personalised study programme based on your child’s individual needs and addressing any gaps in their learning. They can even go on to be advanced in their learning
  • Ensuring students are exposed to a wide range of texts and have developed strong reading comprehension ability. Through this your child can compose simple sentences, visualise passages and interpret passages through re-statement, examples and description.
  • Stretching the abilities of advanced students. Some students come to Kumon with a special interest or ability in English. Our programmes can help develop the interest of these students and pique their curiosity
  • Supporting the learning of both native and non-native English speakers.

Japanese

Kumon Japanese can benefit learners who are aged five to 12 by:

  • Helping them learn a second language. This is proven to have great benefits for the development of children’s brains. The earlier they begin to learn a language the more likely they are to retain the knowledge in later life
  • Helping them learn to read and recognise words, phrases and sentences, through repeating, reciting and reading. Additionally, their character writing will improve by tracing, copying and writing.

Kokugo

Kumon Kokugo can benefit learners who are aged five to 12 by:

  • Maintaining and developing their native language ability
  • Building their Japanese reading comprehension ability
  • Helping them learn to read and recognise words, phrases and sentences, through repeating, reciting and reading. Additionally, their character writing will improve by tracing, copying and writing.

Maths

Kumon Maths can benefit all learners who are aged 13 and above by:

  • Providing a personalised study programme based on your child’s individual needs and addressing any gaps in their learning. They can even go on to be advanced in their learning
  • Ensuring students have mastered essential concepts such as complex algebraic equations, functions and graphs, differentiation and trigonometric functions
  • Ensuring students develop the discipline, mindset and skills necessary for learning independently as they progress through high school mathematics
  • Extending the abilities of advanced students. Some students come to Kumon with a special interest or ability in Maths. Our programmes can help develop the interest of these students and pique their curiosity.

English

Kumon English can benefit learners who are aged 13 and above by:

  • Providing a personalised study programme based on your child’s individual needs and addressing any gaps in their learning. They can even go on to be advanced in their learning
  • Ensuring students develop their critical reading skills, and are able to summarise, analyse and interpret elements of literature. This includes figurative language, comedy, irony and tragedy
  • Ensuring students develop the discipline, mindset and skills necessary for learning independently as they progress through high school English
  • Extending the abilities of advanced students. Some students come to Kumon with a special interest or ability in English Our programmes can help develop the interest of these students and pique their curiosity
  • Supporting the learning of both native and non-native English speakers.

Japanese

Kumon Japanese can benefit learners who are aged 13 and above by:

  • Helping them learn a second language. This is proven to have great benefits for the development of teenager’s brains
  • Helping them learn to read and recognise words, phrases and sentences, through repeating, reciting and reading. Additionally, their character writing will improve by tracing, copying and writing.

Kokugo

Kumon Kokugo can benefit learners who are aged 13 and above by:

  • Maintaining and developing their native language ability
  • Build their Japanese reading comprehension ability
  • Helping them learn to read and recognise words, phrases and sentences, through repeating, reciting and reading. Additionally, their character writing will improve by tracing, copying and writing.