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Kumon Mathematics and English comes to Pukekohe, Auckland!

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Kumon Mathematics and English is coming to Pukekohe, Auckland, to support all children to develop strong calculation and reading comprehension ability.

Kumon Pukekohe Education Centre will be led by Karen Ng, a parent of four Kumon students. Karen was inspired to become a Kumon Instructor after witnessing Kumon’s benefits in her own children.

Karen hopes all children in Pukekohe will be able to grow in their learning through Kumon Mathematics and English.

“Kumon will help children in the community to realise their potential by nurturing their self-learning and independent learning skills”, she says. “I hope to build a close relationship with and contribute to the Pukekohe community.”

Kumon Pukekohe Education Centre is located at 19 Manukau Road, Pukekohe, Auckland, and will be open from 3:30pm to 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Should you wish to learn more, we welcome you to contact Karen on 027 222 3400 or to email kumonnz.pukekohe@gmail.com.

Three ways Kumon Instructors contribute to their communities

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During these uncertain times, the Instructors and franchisees of Kumon Australia and New Zealand support their local communities by building businesses that provide high quality, afterschool maths and English learning for children of all ages.

We are seeking to expand Kumon’s contribution by opening new franchises in new communities. If you would like to learn more about how Kumon Instructors contribute to their communities, we invite you to read on:

 

1. Providing students with a foundation for their future

Kumon Instructors provide students with a foundation for their future. Instructors achieve this through individualised instruction of the Kumon Mathematics and English programmes, which develop strong mental calculation and reading comprehension in students. These skills, along with the confidence students gain through Kumon, allow students to become self-learners who do not have to rely on a teacher to access new knowledge.

Supporting students to make strong progress to complete the Kumon Mathematics and English programmes is the core of the Instructor’s role. Throughout their long careers, many Instructors in Australia and New Zealand have helped hundreds of students in their local communities to become confident self-learners.

 

2.  Building relationships within the local community

Kumon Instructors build positive relationships within their community each and every day. Throughout each class, Instructors communicate with and establish a connection with their students. Similar connections are built with students’ parents during consultations, parent orientation sessions and regular contact regarding their child’s progress.

When Instructors market their franchise business, they build relationships with the wider community. Relationship building activities include participating in community events, corresponding with local schools, running business social media accounts, and advertising through local and regional media channels.

As Instructors also hire centre assistants, Kumon Instructors can hire locals and build relationships as they train and develop their employees.

 

 3. Sharing ideas and experience in a community of business owners and educators

Kumon Instructors are part of a community of over 300 franchisees across Australia and New Zealand. Kumon Instructors network, celebrate achievements and learn from one another. Instructors contribute to the Kumon community by sharing their knowledge and experience for the benefit of all, as well as making long-lasting friendships.

Throughout 2020, Kumon Instructors and franchisees have supported each other by actively participating in online workshops and seminars. In June, the first ever online Kumon Instructor Awards Ceremony was held, with more than 200 Instructors joining to celebrate each other’s achievements. Instructors and franchisees not only support their local communities, they support one another to succeed.

Kumon Standard Completion Time: the hidden benefits for your children

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Have you ever been curious to know why your Kumon Instructor asks your children to write their start and finish time on their worksheets? Or what bearing these times have on the worksheets your children will be given next?

At Kumon, there is a measurement we refer to as Standard Completion Time (SCT). This is the time range in which we aim for students to complete their daily worksheet study as they progress through Kumon.

SCT provides concrete information to your Instructor about your children’s overall familiarity with the worksheet content. It is one of several key criteria Instructors use to determine whether students have the necessary skills to advance without difficulty.

When studying in centre or at home, we encourage you to guide your children to always write the start and finish time on each worksheet set.

We encourage you to keep reading this article to learn more about some of the hidden benefits of SCT for your children:

1. Your children’s work skills are seen and nurtured

Standard Completion Time provides a way for the Instructor to more fully understand your children’s work skills. If your children are able to complete a high volume of worksheets with a near perfect score in a short amount of time, we consider your children to have strong work skills. By writing their start and finish time on their worksheets, your children’s Instructor can know how quickly your children are working and can understand how comfortable your children are with the worksheets. The Instructor can determine what worksheets your children should complete next to further draw out their skills.

 

2. Your children experience the feeling of working with focus

We know children sometimes like to take breaks when completing worksheets. Guiding children to be aware of their completion time can help them focus and concentrate as they complete each worksheet set. If your children are focussing it is likely their pencils will constantly move as they work smoothly and quickly.

 

3. Your children’s learning is individualised

If your children complete their worksheets within the SCT, this indicates they are learning at the ‘just-right’ level, the area between work that is too easy and too hard.  The SCT provides your Instructor with the necessary insight to always give your children the worksheets they are ready to learn next. When setting the next worksheet set, your Instructor will consider factors such as how quickly your children are able to work through their corrections, overall study attitude, and their constantly changing ability.

Your child’s next worksheet set is always matched to their current ability, not according to their age or school grade. SCT provides your Kumon Instructor with a clear indicator of your child’s current ability.

 

4. Decreasing completion time indicates increased confidence

The time it takes your children to complete a worksheet will become shorter with daily practise. When students begin to study with increased speed, this indicates they are acquiring the skills necessary for study up to that level.  This also provides your children with a feeling of accomplishment. When your children have mastered these skills, they will do the worksheets with ease, and finish them in a short time while still working carefully and thoroughly.

If you have any further questions about your children’s worksheets, we welcome you to speak with your children’s Kumon Instructor – they would love to hear from you.

New edition of ‘Potential’ magazine out now!

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The future is uncertain. But with the right tools, students can continue to make strong progress in their learning. We have dedicated this issue of Potential to explain how Kumon can support students to keep making progress in their learning, despite uncertain times.

We hope you enjoy our digital copy of Potential. 

Five ways that Kumon nurtures confident learners

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Research suggests that self-confidence in primary school children is an important factor in determining academic achievement, irrespective of a student’s cognitive ability, age and gender.

We place importance at Kumon on developing good study habits while maintaining your child’s motivation to learn. We avoid overexerting students and emphasise efficient and consistent study. This supports your child to develop confidence as they learn.

In the below article, we explain five ways how Kumon supports children to grow into confident learners.

1. The starting point

Your child begins Kumon with worksheets that make it relatively easy for them to attain a near perfect score, in a short amount of time. The purpose of this is to help your child to feel confident they can do the worksheets on their own. Once your child starts growing in confidence, they will become enthusiastic to continue learning and study more worksheets.

Through learning each day, your child’s concentration expands and a daily study begins to form.

2. A clear path for progress

The Kumon programme is structured in a series of levels that become incrementally more challenging as your child progresses. This structure allows your child to have a clear idea of how far their learning has advanced. It also makes it easy to set learning goals and to determine a plan to achieve them. The Kumon Method prioritises the development of skills in reading, writing and calculation. These form the foundation for most learning at school. Kumon’s structure also provides an efficient learning method through which your children can enjoy learning.

3. Careful monitoring of workload

As your child gains confidence in their learning, they will begin to show enthusiasm towards study. If we suddenly start to give your children a lot of work in order to accommodate their enthusiasm, this could quickly demotivate them. At Kumon we understand it is important to monitor your child’s workload, to ensure they are able to learn without overexertion. Your Kumon Instructor will assess and adjust your children’s study plan on a regular basis.

 

4. Practice and daily study

Your child can repeat worksheets when needed, to decrease the number of errors, reduce their completion time, review an earlier topic, or consolidate something new before they move on. The right amount of practise and a daily study habit lay the foundation for smooth progress.

 

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5. Learning at the ‘just-right’ level

All children have varying levels of academic ability. If children study the same content simply because they are of the same age, some lose confidence because the material is too difficult while others become bored because it is too easy.

Study projections, progress updates and observations from a child’s Kumon Instructor ensure that the ‘just-right’ level of study is maintained for each individual student. Kumon ensures that children always study worksheets at their ‘just-right’ level – the spot between study material that is too easy and too difficult.

By maintaining each child’s study at their ‘just-right’ level, children feel confidence as they overcome challenges in their learning.

These are just five ways that Kumon’s learning method supports your child to develop confidence as they learn. In this way, our programmes set children up for a positive and confident journey in their future learning.

Self-learning: an invaluable ability for children

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If your children enjoy learning on their own, it means that they have confidence in their skills and are able to take on new challenges. In Kumon, we identify this as self-learning.

Self-learning is seen as the ability to take in information, process it, retain and understand it without the presence of a teacher.

Kumon develops self-learning through allowing students to study ahead of school grade level when ready. As students advance ahead of school grade level in the Kumon worksheets, they learn for themselves what they are yet to be taught at school. They study the example, draw on previous learning and give it a try. They try, and try again, until they finally get it. Sometimes with a hint from the Instructor.

Self-learning has many benefits for students. In the below article, are five benefits of self-learning that may be of interest for readers:

 

  1. Children develop better memory retention

Kumon believes that children who learn concepts on their own can better remember and retain knowledge. Based on our decades of experience in supporting children’s learning, when children are encouraged to retrace their steps by correcting mistakes or to evaluate how problems were solved, it is highly likely they will retain, in their long-term memory, the specific steps towards solving a problem.

 

  1. Children take responsibility for their own learning

When children learn something on their own, they gain a sense of ownership for their work. They come to understand the link between the effort that they put in, and what they are able to achieve. Through this process, they develop a sense of responsibility towards their learning.

 

  1. Children begin to develop a strong work ethic

As children develop a sense of ownership for their learning, they take responsibility for important tasks such as double-checking their work and correcting errors. They also come to appreciate the importance of developing a daily study habit. They come to know their limitations, and when it is necessary to ask for help. As children consolidate these skills, a solid work ethic evolves.

 

  1. Children grow more confident as they self-learn

As children grow more confident by overcoming challenges, they will feel ready to tackle further challenges. Children who self-learn are less inclined to give up at the first hurdle. They try and try again until they get the answer right.

 

  1. Children start to go beyond their comfort zone.

As self-learning ability develops, children will develop a mindset that no problem is too difficult to attempt. They will not be afraid to learn new things. Furthermore, they may exhibit an interest in taking on new experiences and challenges – things they are yet to encounter. With this mindset, their opportunities will widen.

These are only five benefits of self-learning for children. There are many further benefits. Equipped with the skill of self-learning, children can pursue their own potential at school … and in life.

Sandhya feels ready for a rapidly changing future

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Sandhya Das Thuraisingham, a future student at the University of Oxford and former Kumon student, says studying Kumon Maths from a young age played an essential role in helping her to be ready for an unpredictable future.

Sandhya has been accepted into Oxford to study an undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She hopes to travel to the United Kingdom to purse her studies in September this year, should conditions allow for the relaxation of international travel restrictions.

Despite global uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sandhya remains cautiously optimistic. Sandhya asserts she is well prepared and that her former Kumon Maths studies played a key role in building her readiness for her future.

“I began Kumon while I was in kindergarten and continued to study the programme until around 2016, when I was in Year 9,” Sandhya says.

“The little bit of study required each day by Kumon helped me to develop discipline, independence, confidence and resilience. I was also encouraged in Kumon to continually set goals and to push my limits.”

Sandhya says Kumon instilled a mindset where she always strives for her best. This mindset gave her the confidence to apply for admission into her chosen degree at Oxford, she says.

Kumon also helped her to develop the needed life skills to attain her goals.

“Kumon showed me the value of persistence and repetition from a young age”, Sandhya says. “I think the Kumon worksheets are actually structured to encourage this development.”

“The worksheets allow you to gradually build up enough knowledge before you move onto the set of problems”, she continues. “The examples in the worksheets also give you enough information to self-learn; they give you the tools to work out the problems on your own.”


Self-learning also doesn’t mean being left unsupported when progressing through Kumon.

Sandhya says that while her Kumon Instructor always encouraged her to try to complete the problems in the worksheet by herself first, says she was always offered help if and when support was needed.

“Kumon students are used to being able to tackle, new and unfamiliar problems”, Sandhya says. “They are also used to seeking help when needed after having a go first.”

Kumon is a home-based, pencil and paper programme students can study 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.

Sandhya received her admission to Oxford with support from Crimson Education, a holistic US and UK university application support service co-founded seven years ago by former Kumon student and Harvard graduate, Jamie Beaton. Crimson Education offers programs for students aged 11-18 years old. To learn about their extension classes and support, visit crimsoneducation.org

Nick continues to learn through any situation

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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 home.

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 get additional worksheets from Nick’s Kumon Instructor, and send them to him.

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.

Certainty that learning will continue at home

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With most children in Victoria now learning at home, Melbourne dad Kym is confident that his boys’ learning will continue to go smoothly with the support of Kumon Maths and English.

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.

Kumon summer giveaway

Kumon Summer Giveaway winners

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Congratulations to the winners of our Summer Giveaway! Doing a little each day can instil daily study habits that will be vital to success at school and beyond. We appreciate all of our students who chose to continue their study over the summer holidays.

Before we reveal names of the winners, we would like to mention that each voucher is valid for several years, the winners can hold onto their prizes and use them at a later date.

And now, we are delighted to announce our Kumon Summer Giveaway winners are as follows:

  • Alan Y, Kumon Johnsonville Education Centre. Winner of the major prize of a $5,000 Flight Centre travel voucher.
  • Omar T, Kumon Dannemora Education Centre. Winner of the minor prize of a $100 Hoyts Luxe Gift Card.

Thank you again to all families who continued their learning over summer, and congratulations to all our winners.

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