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The Kumon Programmes and their benefits

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

  • Calculation ability and reading ability
  • Concentration
  • Discipline to maintain a daily study and reading habit
  • Confidence to learn independently.

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

Maths

Kumon Maths helps students build their maths ability at a pace that is right for them. This means the abilities of advanced students are adequately stretched, while those who may be struggling are given time to master a concept before moving on.

The programme covers maths concepts found in most school curricula. This ranges from number writing and recognition, undergraduate university level calculus.

English

Kumon English focuses on building students’ reading comprehension at a pace right for them. This is achieved through instruction on basic letter writing and recognition, sentence structure, and grammar. The programme gradually builds students skills to a level where they can tackle more advanced concepts, like critical analysis.

Reading comprehension is a critical skill for students to develop if they are to excel in school and beyond.

Japanese

Kumon Japanese aims for mastery of advanced reading comprehension skills, which enable students to fluently read Japanese texts.

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

Kumon Japanese is comprised of fifteen levels of worksheets that are designed for students to learn step-by-step. CDs recorded by native Japanese speakers ensure students hear correct pronunciation of words.

After mastering hiragana and katakana (phonetic alphabets), students progress to the study of kanji (Chinese characters) and more complex sentence structures.

Kokugo

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

Furthermore, students who have completed Kumon Japanese can then progress to Kumon Kokugo.

Kumon Kokugo enhances vocabulary acquisition through development of advanced reading and writing skills.

Pencil Skills

The Pencil Skills Programme is a supplementary programme that supports the development of students’ ability to control a pencil.

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

The worksheets are intended to be fun and to be studied by preschoolers. The Pencil Skills Programme consists of two levels, ZI and ZII, with 100 worksheets in each level.

Therefore, the Pencil Skills programme is usually studied as a prelude to Kumon Maths and/or Kumon English. Acquiring Pencil Skills supports the smooth development of students’ progress in their main Kumon Maths and/or English programme.

How Kumon study could benefit students of all ages

Kumon Maths

The Kumon Maths programme has many benefits for early learners. These include:

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

Kumon English

The Kumon English programme has many benefits for early learners. These include:

  • Instructing early learners on how to hold and use a pencil through interesting exercises and activities in the preparatory level worksheets
  • Helping early learners learn to read and recognise words, phrases and sentences, through repeating, reciting and reading. Additionally, early learners’ 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 constant encouragement from 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. Early learners will still have plenty of time for play and other activities!

Kumon Japanese

The Kumon Japanese programme has many benefits for early learners. These include:

  • Learning a second language is proven to have great benefits for children’s development. 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
  • Kumon study only takes a small amount of time each day, leaving plenty of time for play and other activities!

Kumon Kokugo

The Kumon Kokugo programme has many benefits for early learners. These include:

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

Kumon Maths

The Kumon Maths programme can benefit primary school students, aged five to 12, by:

  • Providing a personalised study programme based on your child’s individual needs and addressing any gaps in their learning. Students can even go on to be advanced in their learning
  • Ensuring students have mastered essential mathematical concepts. This includes the four basic operations, fractions, and algebra
  • Ensuring students have developed essential skills. This includes 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 their interest, abilities and pique their curiosity.

Kumon English

The Kumon English programme can benefit primary school students, 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 develop strong reading comprehension ability. Afterwards, your child will be able to 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 interest, ability and pique their curiosity
  • Supporting the learning of both native and non-native English speakers.

Kumon Japanese

The Kumon Japanese programme can benefit primary school students, 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.

Kumon Kokugo

The Kumon Kokugo programme can benefit primary school students, aged five to 12, by:

  • Maintaining and developing their native Japanese 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.

Kumon Maths

The Kumon Maths programme can benefit all high school students, 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. This includes 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 maths
  • Extending the abilities of advanced students. Some students come to Kumon with a special interest or ability in Maths. Our programmes can help develop their interest, ability and pique their curiosity.

Kumon English

The Kumon English programme can benefit all high school students, 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. They 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 their interest, ability and pique their curiosity
  • Supporting the learning of both native and non-native English speakers.

Kumon Japanese

The Kumon Japanese programme can benefit high school students, 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.

Kumon Kokugo

The Kumon Kokugo programme can benefit high school students, who are aged 13 and above, by:

  • Maintaining and developing their Japanese 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.