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Supporting early learning, the Kumon way

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Nine in ten Australian children and six in ten Kiwi children under four are enrolled in formal early learning. As such, it’s reasonable to argue there is strong recognition among parents in both countries of early learning. Therefore in this article we discuss the importance of early learning and the role that the Kumon Programmes can play.

The importance of early learning

Defined as formal learning programmes or curriculums that provides education, outside of the home, prior to a child entering primary school, quality early childhood education lays the foundation for children to grow into lifelong learners. 

This is due to the rapid development of children’s brains during their early years. At the age of three, a child has 1000 trillion brain synapses. These synapses are the tiny connections between neurons; the cells that make up a person’s brain and central nervous system.

As the child grows older, these synapses are naturally and selectively pruned by the brain  By adolescence, it’s estimated an individual’s brain has 500 trillion of these synapses. And this process isn’t random.

“It is the experiences and relationships that infants and young children have that continuously develop their brains and build the neural circuits that will be the foundation for later development”, summarises the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) in a fact card.

This isn’t to say that teens and adults can’t learn new things. Rather, quality early education experiences, from infancy to the beginning of high school, build the foundation for lifelong learning and achievement.

How Kumon supports the growth of our youngest minds

Kumon has long recognised the importance of early learning in supporting children to reaching their potential.

“Children display astonishing progress is exposed to right stimuli during infancy”, stated Toru Kumon, Kumon’s late founder.

“The ability of preschoolers is limitless but we [adults] are the ones who draw out their potential.”

Kumon’s approach in supporting early learning is to develop students’ basic foundations in maths and English.

Through Kumon Maths, early learners develop their counting ability. Those who are ready hone their calculation skills through solving problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

In Kumon English, early learners learn to read words, phrases and sentences. They are also instructed on properly writing letters and spelling words. Those who are ready progress to reading and summarising passages from texts.

This article appeared in the second 2019 issue of Potential magazine. Please feel free to read more here. 

Tia advances ahead in maths and English

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Despite being in Year 3 primary school, seven year old Tia can solve maths and English problems that Year 6 students work through.

Tia developed her advanced abilities through study of the Kumon Maths and English programmes since 2015. Tia studies at Kumon Pakuranga Education Centre.

Kumon is a personalised after-school tuition programmes which allow students to study at their own pace. This means advanced students, like Tia, can go ahead to study content that is above their school grade. Those who may be falling behind can go back to practise and revise.

Tia says Kumon has helped her greatly in school.

“I am more confident and am able to help other kids in my class with their learning”, Tia says. “I find it easy to do my work in school. I am able to learn things quickly.”

Tia aspires to become a doctor when she grows up.

Tia’s parents say that Kumon helped her daughter to develop skills that will benefit her throughout school and beyond.

“Kumon has helped Tia develop the habit of studying on a daily basis and she has become more confident”, they say.

“Kumon helps kids with their learning and it helps in overall child development.”

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.

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