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Motivating your children over summer

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Young children are naturally curious; they love to explore and discover. If their exploration brings pleasure or success, they want to learn more. During these early years, your support and guidance can foster in your child a positive attitude towards learning that lasts a lifetime.

As Kumon is primarily a home-based method of study, knowing how to develop your child’s attitude towards learning is key. To assist you, the following tips are adapted from an article titled Motivating Learning in Young Children by Martha Carlton, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Southern Illinois University, and the findings from Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

  1. Establish the reasons for study

Children may believe they are doing Kumon for their parents, or for a reward. While this belief may have short-term benefits, it does not provide a healthy approach towards future learning. Ideally, a child will want to learn due to self-motivation. Self-motivated children are more likely to learn and retain information. One step towards nurturing self-motivation is to help the child understand that Kumon is for them; it will help make their school work easier and assists them in achieving future goals.

  1. Strategies for self-motivation

To encourage your child’s self-motivation, try the following strategies:

  • Avoid use of excessive rewards. These provide the child with extrinsic motivation.
  • Praise your child based on their persistence and effort, as opposed to their talent or skill. For example, say, ‘Wow, that’s a good score. You must have worked really hard’. This will help your child develop a mindset where they understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort and persistence.
  • Rather than stating that you think they have done a good job, ask your child what they think of their work.
  • Encourage your child to see mistakes as learning opportunities.
  1. Motivation cycles

As your child progresses, Kumon will extend your child with advanced problems beyond their comfort zone. Even the most motivated students occasionally find their work difficult or are be reluctant to study. During these times, remind your child how much they have improved, and acknowledge the effort they have put into their studies.

  1. Supporting your child

For many children, the motivation to learn with Kumon is not instant, as it can take time to see and feel the benefits for themselves. A child may notice the benefits within a few weeks, while some may take more than a year. Supporting your child as they are developing self-motivation may include setting aside a Kumon time and place at home, showing interest in what they are doing, and encouraging their efforts.

If you would like any further advice on how you may be able to further support your child at home, please contact your Kumon centre.

Trial Kumon English or Mathematics as a second subject, obligation free, in August 2022

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With Kumon’s second-subject Free Trial in August, students currently enrolled in either Kumon Mathematics or English can trial the other subject for two weeks, for free.

Students who study both Kumon Mathematics and English:

  • learn the fundamentals of both maths and English — the foundations for success in all subjects at school
  • further strengthen study habits and concentration
  • have a greater sense of achievement and motivation.

 

To register for our second-subject Free Trial in August, follow these four easy steps:

  1. Contact your Kumon Instructor to register your interest
  2. Discuss your child’s second-subject assessment and study plan with your Instructor
  3. Have your child study the second subject during the month of August
  4. Meet with your Instructor to discuss your child’s experience studying the second subject.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • The registration deadline for the Free Trial varies across centres
  • Places are limited and acceptance for the Free Trial is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • The Free Trial consists of worksheet study over two weeks during August
  • Late registration may result in a shorter Free Trial
  • Operating procedures at each centre will vary
  • The Free Trial is available for one subject only (either English or Mathematics).
  • Offer not available at all centres
  • There is no obligation to enrol after the Free Trial
  • Kumon centres will always comply with COVID-19 guidelines and requirements of the New Zealand Government. Physical distancing and health and safety practices are in place at all centres.

To find your Kumon centre’s contact details, visit: https://www.kumonsearch.co.nz/

Experience Kumon English or Mathematics over two weeks during August 2022

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With Kumon’s Free Trial your child can experience our individualised Mathematics or English programme over two weeks, for free.

Find out how we can develop in your child:

  • calculation and reading ability
  • concentration
  • a daily study and reading habit
  • the confidence to learn independently.

Follow these four easy steps to register:

  1. Contact your local Kumon centre to register for an information session
  2. Have your child assessed for Kumon Mathematics or English and discuss a study plan
  3. Arrange for your child to study worksheets and attend classes over the two-week Free Trial period
  4. Meet with your Instructor to discuss your child’s Kumon experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • The registration deadline for the Free Trial varies across centres.
  • Places are limited and acceptance for the Free Trial is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Attendance in an information session is mandatory prior to your child participating in the Free Trial.
  • The Free Trial consists of worksheet study over two weeks during August.
  • Late registration may result in a shorter Free Trial.
  • Operating procedures at each centre will vary.
  • The Free Trial is available for one subject only (either English or Mathematics).
  • Offer not available at all centres.
  • There is no obligation to enrol after the Free Trial.
  • Kumon centres will always comply with COVID-19 guidelines and requirements of the New Zealand Government. Physical distancing and health and safety practices are in place at all centres.

Please visit this link to find your nearest Kumon centre: https://www.kumonsearch.co.nz/ 

To learn more about how the Free Trial could benefit your family, please watch this video.

To read about a current Kumon student who previously experienced a Free Trial, please visit: https://nz.kumonglobal.com/free-trial-student-testimonial/ 

 

Manya tops the world in Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics

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Manya, Top in the World for Cambridge IGSCE Mathematics, and a Kumon Mathematics and English programme completer.

Achieving Top in the World in Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics is just the beginning for Manya, as she eyes her next goal of becoming a bioengineer.

Manya, 15-years-old and a programme completer of Kumon Mathematics and English, achieved a perfect score of 200/200 in her Cambridge IGCSE mathematics exam, receiving the Top in the World in the 2021 Cambridge Outstanding Learner Awards. Manya says her completion of both Kumon programmes was a key contributor towards this fantastic result.

“Kumon played a major part because it taught me the basic structure and understanding of mathematics”, Manya says. “In this exam, I knew almost everything beforehand because I had either learned it in Kumon or my parents had taught me. This made it really easy in class for me to understand, and that’s how I was able to achieve such high results”.

Manya aspires to enrol in engineering at university and build robotic limbs as a bioengineer.

“I want to help people to gain their strength back”, she says.

Manya has always had a keen interest in mathematics. She was enrolled into Kumon at the age of three-and-a-half.

“In the real world, I realized that everything was either related to, or had a connection to mathematics”, Manya says. “For example, when shopping and buying items, you have to calculate the cost. I realized that the world revolved around maths, and that is what interested me in learning everything about it”.

Manya also believes she will continue to use the skills she acquired at Kumon throughout her life.

“I think Kumon would probably help me solve problems in many areas where speed and calculation and comprehension are used”, Manya says. “It taught me perseverance, and the significance of practice, and never giving up when things get a bit hard”.

“The course I’m planning to take in university is, I think, quite hard. I think I can do it with mathematics and comprehension skills and work skills that I’ve learned from Kumon. I would really try my best to utilise all these skills.”

Experience Kumon English or Maths over two weeks during May 2022

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With Kumon’s Free Trial your child can experience our individualised Mathematics or English programme over two weeks, for free.

Find out how we can develop in your child:

  • calculation and reading ability
  • concentration
  • a daily study and reading habit
  • the confidence to learn independently.

Follow these four easy steps to register:

  1. Contact your local Kumon centre to register for an information session
  2. Have your child assessed for Kumon Mathematics or English and discuss a study plan
  3. Arrange for your child to study worksheets and attend classes over the two-week Free Trial period
  4. Meet with your Instructor to discuss your child’s Kumon experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • The registration deadline for the Free Trial varies across centres.
  • Places are limited and acceptance for the Free Trial is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Attendance in an information session is mandatory prior to your child participating in the Free Trial.
  • The Free Trial consists of worksheet study over two weeks during May.
  • Late registration may result in a shorter Free Trial.
  • Operating procedures at each centre will vary.
  • The Free Trial is available for one subject only (either English or Mathematics).
  • Offer not available at all centres.
  • There is no obligation to enrol after the Free Trial.
  • Kumon centres will always comply with COVID-19 guidelines and requirements of the New Zealand Government. Physical distancing and health and safety practices are in place at all centres.

Please visit this link to find your nearest Kumon centre: https://www.kumonsearch.co.nz/ 

To learn more about how the Free Trial could benefit your family, please watch this video.

To read about a current Kumon student who previously experienced a Free Trial, please visit: https://nz.kumonglobal.com/free-trial-student-testimonial/ 

 

Kumon’s ongoing contribution to our community in 2022

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Kumon Instructors and staff at Little Athletics South Australia’s Kumon PB Classic.

Kumon Australia and New Zealand is committed to helping children realise their potential.

Our Kumon centres achieve this goal through instruction of the individualised mathematics and English programmes that develop fundamental mental calculation and reading comprehension skills in our students, as well as confidence in the classroom and the ability to self-learn. This benefits our students throughout their schooling, in tertiary education, and beyond.

At the same time, Kumon recognises the importance for children to grow into healthy, well-rounded adults who thrive outside the classroom. For this reason, Kumon recently partnered with children’s sporting associations, including Little Athletics organisations in New Zealand, Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory, as well as Basketball Victoria and Surf Lifesaving Queensland.

Whether on the track, the basketball court, or in the surf, these organisations all help children to realise their potential. They provide children an opportunity to socialise, develop skills and confidence, and many of them teach children the importance of practise and persistence, as does Kumon Mathematics and English.

We look forward to continuing our partnerships with all these organisations in 2022 and to furthering our contribution to the community. Should you wish to learn more, please contact us via this form: https://nz.kumonglobal.com/contact-us/general-enquiry/

Esmael goes back to school with confidence

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Esmael with his Kumon medals.

Starting school for the very first time can be an exciting, yet daunting step for children and their parents. But for 5-year-old Esmael, a smooth transition from kindergarten is likely, given the preparation he’s been doing with Kumon Mathematics and English.

Esmael studies both Kumon Mathematics and English programmes one year ahead of his school grade level level, meaning he has already covered the fundamental maths and reading concepts that he will encounter in Year 1.

For his mother Samsam, this is extra reassurance that Esmael will thrive at school.

“Esmael’s gained so much confidence and focus”, Samsam says. “Now he doesn’t get distracted as quickly as he used to. Even with the background noise or the other kids asking questions, he still concentrates and just focuses on his task.”

“I think that will really help him with starting school and I wouldn’t really worry about the academic aspect of school”, she says. “He can just focus more on developing social skills and making friends”.

Samsam says prior to enrolling Esmael into Kumon, she was trying to prepare him for school on her own. However, she found this to be a challenge, especially as this took place during Melbourne’s extended 2020 lockdown.

“During the pandemic, I was trying to teach him at home by myself and I found it quite challenging”, Samsam explains. “So, I wanted someone to help me at least get the basics correct, like his pencil grip and basic writing.”

Esmael says he likes Kumon and that it’s helping him to become a better learner. He wants to become a police officer when he grows up. Samsam says no matter what path Esmael chooses to pursue as an adult, that the fundamental mathematics and reading skills he is learning at Kumon will be of benefit.

“Esmael does both English and maths with Kumon. So, if he changes his mind and decides to have a career in STEM, he will already have that strong maths knowledge”, Samsam says.

“Regardless of what career Esmael chooses, it’s really important for him to have those strong communication skills, both written and verbal, to have good grammar, good sentence structure, because regardless of what you do, it’s really important to have solid communication skills.”

To learn more about how Kumon Mathematics and English could benefit your child when they start school and beyond, contact your nearest Kumon centre: https://www.kumonsearch.co.nz/

New Zealand Kumon centre operations throughout COVID-19

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Dear Kumon Students and Families,

The health and welfare of all students, parents and staff continues to be a priority at Kumon.

We will continue to monitor the advice from health authorities and governments, and review our position as needed.

For families looking to enrol, we encourage you to contact a Kumon centre near to your suburb. To locate your nearest Kumon centre, please visit: https://www.kumonsearch.co.nz/

Procedures at each Kumon centre will vary.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kumon and supporting your child on their learning journey.

*THIS INFORMATION IS CURRENT AS OF  30/1/2022

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