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New edition of Potential out now!

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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!

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.

Throughout August, Kumon is offering a no-obligation Free Trial of either Kumon Maths or English. Existing students can trial a second subject at no cost. Please contact us for further details and to register your child. T&Cs apply.

Kumon comes to Mangere, Auckland!

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Kumon has now come to Mangere, Auckland, to support all children in the local area with maths and English learning.

Kumon Mangere Education Centre is led by Krishan Gallage, a former university maths tutor, university lecturer, IT engineer, and an international school’s head of computing.

Krishan believes that Kumon can help Mangere in many ways.

“Kumon will help children in the area grow into good thinkers and confident self-learners who will contribute to the community”, Krishan says.

“While also supporting children to learn maths and English ahead of their school grade level, Kumon also helps kids develop the necessary study habits to help children master other subjects and extracurricular activities”, he continues.

Kumon Mangere Education Centre is located on the corner of Bader Drive and Ashgrove Road. It’s open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

For more information please ring Krishan on 027 722 4444 or email kumonmangere@gmail.com.

Experience Kumon this August, with our Free Trial offer

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Throughout August, Kumon is offering families a Free Trial of its Maths or English Programmes.

As part of the trial, your child will receive personalised learning support across four consecutive class days, spread across two weeks, for free. During this time, they will also receive necessary materials to allow them to continue their Kumon studies at home.

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

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

Michael opened Kumon Randwick in 2016, however, his 16-year Kumon journey started as a parent. All seven of his children have been enrolled into Kumon, five of them are students, and one is a programme completer.

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

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

Michael’s daughter Kate is now studying materials engineering, and another of his daughters, 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.”

To register, please contact your local Kumon Centre for information. Terms and conditions apply.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Places are limited and acceptance for the Free Trial is on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • The registration deadline for the Free Trial varies across Kumon Centres
  • Attendance at an information session is mandatory prior to your child participating in the Kumon Free Trial
  • The Free Trial consists of four consecutive sessions at a Kumon Education Centre over two weeks during 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 Kumon Centres
  • The Free Trial is available for one subject only (either English or Maths).

There is no obligation to enrol after the Free Trial.

It takes a village: NIC 2019

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On Saturday, June 8, Kumon Australia and New Zealand’s Instructors will travel to Brisbane, Australia, for the 2019 National Instructors’ Conference.

At Kumon, we believe it takes a village to raise a child.

As such, we run this annual event to create a platform where all our 330 Kumon Instructors can meet, network and learn from one another.

Our Kumon Instructors will also hear from a range of speakers. One of whom is Maya Thiagarajan, a former school teacher, education consultant, and 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.

From their learnings, our Kumon Instructors will collectively contribute even more to children’s education within their respective Kumon Education Centres.

Yahya develops a strong maths foundation

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Yahya, 10 years old, is already a numbers whizz.

In Kumon Maths, he is already comfortably studying equations that Year 12 students work through.

“After getting this far in Kumon, I find it very easy to do maths in school”, Yahya says. “I can finish my work very fast and with no problems.”

“It feels very good that I can do advanced maths.”

Hamood and Shamama, Yahya’s parents, enrolled Yahya into Kumon Maths after seeing how his elder brother benefitted from the programme.

They say Kumon has helped Yahya develop a strong foundation in mathematics.

“Kumon has helped him to grasp complex maths concepts and to polish his mental skills”, Hamood and Shamama say.

“It’s also important that he has a strong foundation in mathematics as it is the basis of many fields of study which he may choose to pursue later in life.”

Sharlyn races ahead to Year 12 level maths

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For 14-year-old Sharlyn, solving Year 12-level equations is no problem.

Sharlyn, who aspires to enter the medical profession, developed her maths ability with Kumon’s support. She has studied with Kumon since she was in Year 1.

“Kumon lets you go above your school year level in maths and to challenge yourself”, Sharlyn says. “Without challenges we can’t grow as people and get better at the things we like to do.”

“I also feel more prepared and confident about my studies.”

Kumon is a personalised learning programme that supports students in their maths and English learning.

In Kumon, advanced students, like Sharlyn, can tackle go ahead to tackle content that sufficiently challenges their skills and piques their interest, while those who may be falling behind are given the time they need to practise and revise so they can fill in any learning gaps.

Sharlyn says her strong maths knowledge will have real-world applications in medicine.

“Medicine is a very broad field that involves giving patients the correct dosages of medication and precisely mapping surgeries”, she says.

“I think maths is really going to help with that.”

Vivian, Sharlyn’s mother, says being ahead in maths helped grow her daughter’s confidence.

“She really likes a challenge with her work”, Vivian says.

Kyara writes her own story

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The prospect of writing and publishing a children’s book with her classmates doesn’t faze ten year old Kyara.

The Year 5 student is working on a collaborative project with eight of her classmates to write a children’s book, which will be published in her school library. As Kyara is two years ahead of her school grade in Kumon English, she feels ready to put pen to paper.

“I think my Kumon English will back me up and I can use all the extra vocabulary I have learnt”, Kyara says.

Kumon English supports students learning by assigning them personalised learning programmes to develop their ability in comprehension and critical analysis. In Kumon English, advanced students can tackle learning that sufficiently challenges their skills and piques their interest.

Kyara says that in addition to developing her English ability, Kumon has taught her to embrace challenges.

“I face a challenge I work towards overcoming it”, Kyara says. “If you don’t try you will never succeed.”

Shauntel, Kyara’s mother, says Kumon supported her daughter to be more independent.

“She’s self-motivated and she studies on her own”, Shauntel says.

“This makes me feel more confident because I feel that no matter what Kyara chooses to do, she’ll smash it because … she’s motivated and she tries really hard until what she’s trying to do is done.”

Kyara aspires to be a journalist and TV presenter when she grows up.

Harshwardhan powers ahead in maths and English

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At just ten years old Harshwardhan is smashing his way through high school maths and English.

The Year 5 primary school student has completed the Kumon English Programme, meaning he has the literacy ability of a Year 12 student, and is studying Kumon Maths at the Year 9 level.

Kumon Maths and English are personalised learning support programmes that allow students to study at their own pace. This means advanced students, like Harshwardhan, 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.

Harshwardhan says his Kumon Maths and English study has improved his confidence and knowledge.

“Kumon has helped me build confidence, improve my knowledge and my self-esteem and my belief in myself”, he says.

Kumon has also supported Harshwardhan to take on and overcome challenges.

“When I solve a difficult equation it feels good because I’ve learnt something new and I realise that I can actually do this”, Harshwardhan says.

“When you overcome challenges it does improve your self-esteem, your knowledge and it just makes you want to take on more of them.”

Harshita, Harshwardhan’s mother, says Kumon has supported her son to grow into an independent learner.

“Kumon doesn’t spoon-feed, they show children the technique for solving problems”, Harshita says.

“This supports the kids to become very independent, so they can eventually do the work by themselves. I feel independence is very important today.”

Harshwardhan aspires to become an electrical engineer when he grows up.

Layla launches ahead in maths

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She’s only in Year 5 in primary school, but 10 year old Layla can already tackle many of the advanced maths problems that university undergraduates face.

And Layla, who aspires to become an astronaut, isn’t fazed by the inherent challenge of solving complex equations. In fact, she relishes in overcoming difficulties.

“It’s really fun being challenged, I think it’s a wonderful feeling”, Layla says. “I like maths because of the logic: however you ask the question, the answer’s not going to change.”

Layla says she was inspired by her father Liam, who holds a PhD in mathematics and is a former maths teacher, to excel in maths. Furthermore, this drive led Layla parents to enrol into the Kumon Maths programme in 2016.

“We’re personally not bothered whether or not Layla’s far ahead, but she loves maths. She wants to be far ahead and she wanted to do Kumon, so we supported her”, says Nancy, Layla’s mother.

Kumon Maths supports students learning by assigning them personalised learning programmes to develop their maths ability. In Kumon Maths, advanced students, like Layla, can tackle learning that sufficiently challenges their skills and piques their interest.

“For growing a student’s maths ability, Kumon is basically ‘practice makes perfect’”, Liam says.

“Whether this is by memorising times tables or learning and applying formulas, practise helps you to spot the same patterns and gives you more confidence with more complex problems.”

The Kumon Maths curriculum covers content from the preschool level, all the way to undergraduate university. Layla finished Kumon Maths last year.

Liam, meanwhile, says being strong in maths goes beyond just being good with numbers.

“It gives you the discipline not just to work out whether you’ve been given the correct change to pay for something, but actually spot patterns in things which may actually have nothing to do with numbers”, Liam says.

“It trains you in logic.”

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