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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.

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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.

Kumon Maths and English, a home-based programme

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Kumon is a home-based, pencil and paper programme students can study, at home, every day on their own. Our worksheets are ideal for extended periods at home.

The mathematics worksheets develop calculation ability. The English worksheets develop reading comprehension.

Learning continues at home

Kumon is a partnership between student, parent and Instructor. This partnership 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. Instructors are also available for regular communication by phone, email, SMS or video messaging.

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. While students do corrections, parents record the results on the study record sheet. (Ask your Instructor for a copy of The Value of Home Marking: A Guide for Parents and a record sheet.)

This daily process will ensure student progress.

Self-learning

As students advance in the Kumon worksheets, they become more confident to study the content on their own. Kumon worksheets are structured to allow progression in small steps. This enables students to advance smoothly from easy to difficult problems.

When they encounter something new, they study the example in the worksheet, draw on previous learning and give it a try. They try, and fail, until they finally get it. This is how Kumon develops self-learning.

Students come to expect the challenge of something new, and gain satisfaction in working it out for themselves. They develop a mindset that no problem is too difficult to attempt. Equipped with the skill of self-learning, students progress independently, at home, through their Kumon programme.

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Kumon is offering home-based study for the duration of school closures

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Due to school closures and lockdown for four weeks commencing midnight Wednesday 25 March, physical attendance by students to study in Kumon centres and the pick-up of worksheets by parents from Kumon centres will not be possible for the duration.

Kumon centres will always comply with the Director-General of Health and government advice. Kumon Instructors will endeavour to provide worksheets for home-study for the duration.

We understand this is a difficult time for Kumon families.

We hope it is reassuring to know your child’s Kumon worksheet study can continue at home during this period. Please contact your Kumon centre for details and to make arrangements.

Procedures at each centre will vary during this period.

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Simplified Chinese

由于学校从3月25日(星期三)午夜起会关闭并停课四周,在此期间学生将无法参加公文中心的课堂学习,家长也暂时无法从公文中心领取学生的公文功课。

公文中心将始终遵循卫生总干事和政府的建议。 在此期间公文导师将尽最大努力给学生提供功课以便在家中学习。

我们知道,这对公文家庭来说是一个艰难的时期。

在此期间,我们希望您能宽心地知道您孩子的公文学习可在家中继续顺利进行。请即刻与您的公文中心导师联系,以获取更多详情并对您孩子的学习进行安排。

在此期间每间中心的具体措施可能有所不同。

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Traditional Chinese

由於學校從3月25日(星期三)午夜起會關閉並停課四周,在此期間學生將無法參加公文中心的課堂學習,家長也暫時無法從公文中心領取學生的公文功課。

公文中心將始終遵循衛生總幹事和政府的建議。在此期間公文導師將盡最大努力給學生提供功課以便在家中學習。

我們知道,這對公文家庭來說是一個艱難的時期。

在此期間,我們希望您能寬心地知道您孩子的公文學習可在家中繼續順利進行。請即刻與您的公文中心導師聯繫,以獲取更多詳情並對您孩子的學習進行安排。

在此期間每間中心的具體措施可能有所不同。

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Kumon: sparking a lifelong love of reading

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Being a strong reader is essential for Kelsey Davis’s law career. Kelsey, who studies a Master of Laws at Columbia University in New York City, reads, per week, an estimated 400 pages in prescribed texts.

“Obviously, in my job as a lawyer, reading is incredibly important, but it goes beyond that”, Kelsey says. “Communication is a fundamental skill in life and the written word is a key way that human beings communicate.”

“I think having great comprehension and communication skills is absolutely essential to success in life.”

Kelsey says studying and completing the Kumon English programme developed her passion for reading, her strong comprehension ability and her writing skills. Kelsey studied Kumon English in Canberra and completed the programme in 2006.

Kumon English develops a high level of reading comprehension ability in students. To inspire students to read widely, Kumon English contains more extracts from published texts than any other reading programme in the world.

Kumon also develops many transferable soft skills in students, like confidence, perseverance and self-learning. This is achieved because Kumon is individualised learning that allows students who are capable to study far beyond school grade level.

“In Kumon, you set your own goals and achieve them”, Kelsey says “You can study Year 10 work even if you’re only in year 8.”

“You can push beyond what you thought you could do before.”

Kelsey is in her second semester of her degree. During her first semester she studied human rights, civil procedure, financial statement analysis and corporate governance. Currently, she is taking a workshop on negotiation, a workshop on trial practice, an internship at the United Nations and a course in global financial regulation.

Kumon: building foundations for later learning

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Kumon believes the early years of a child’s life are a vital period for developing the foundation for lifelong learning. This is why we encourage you, as a parent, to enrol your child at a young age.

Below are three ways Kumon helps your preschooler to build early foundational skills:

1. Developing fine motor skills

The development of your child’s fine motor skills is essential for the development of good handwriting. This is essential for your child to use the written word to communicate and express themselves.

To develop fine motor skills, Kumon goes back to the basics. Before your child writes letters and numbers, Kumon ensures they grip a pencil correctly and builds overall pencil skills.

Our exercises gently progress children from colouring pictures with a thick crayon, to carefully drawing straight and curved lines. As children continue to progress with Kumon, they join their letters for cursive handwriting, form sentences and write neatly with speed and accuracy.

We know there are many stages before a child can write with dexterity. Kumon’s programmes and Instructors support early learners through all the stages.

2.  Build early study habits and academic ability

Through Kumon, early learners are exposed to their very first reading and mathematical concepts. They also learn to read and follow examples, and build the very beginnings of their study flow.As these habits begin to develop, so too will your child’s academic ability.

Depending on their ability, early learners enrolled in Kumon Maths will count, read, trace and write numbers. Those enrolled in Kumon English will recite words, phrases and short sentences, as well as tracing and write letters of the alphabet.

Gaining a head start on these foundations will be of lifelong benefit for your children.

3.Nurturing a positive attitude towards learning

Our Kumon Instructors and assistants will praise your child for each little milestone they make in their learning. This is to ensure that your child will grow to associate learning with enjoyment.

When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behaviour they adopt, are all about honing and moulding the holistic child.

What to expect in your child’s first year of Kumon

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Confidence, mastery of the basics and a strong study habit are foundations for advanced study.  These foundations are what Kumon aims to develop by the end of a student’s first year.

What can you and your child expect to see and experience during your first year of Kumon?

 

Easy Starting Point

As a Kumon student, your child will begin with worksheets that are very easy for them. So easy, your child will complete many worksheets, with a near perfect score, in a short amount of time.

As your child completes more and more worksheets, their concentration expands, confidence grows and a daily study habit forms.

This process is known as the easy starting point. It takes up the first few months of a student’s Kumon programme. Toru Kumon, the late founder of the Kumon Method, designed the easy-starting point to be a motivational tool.

“Most children have no interest in their studies if [it] is too difficult”, Toru Kumon wrote.

“Therefore, by having students begin at a level that is below their academic ability when starting Kumon, [they] achieve many perfect scores and increase their interest and motivation.”

Karna, a parent from Melbourne, says Kumon had this effect on his children.

“Kumon is helping my children to overcome those fears and feelings of, ‘I can’t do it’”, explains Karna.

“Now my kids, even if it’s difficult they will say, ‘I’ll give it a try’. That’s what they say. That’s what we want.”

 

 

Practice, challenges and a strong foundation

After the easy starting point, your child will encounter work that is more challenging.

When needed, they will practise worksheets, to decrease the number of errors, reduce a completion time, review an earlier topic or consolidate their knowledge of a new topic before they move on.

The right amount of practice, with a daily study habit, will lay the foundation for smooth progress.

“I think this builds children’s confidence and gives them a good foundation for higher levels [of learning]”, says Monica, a Kumon parent from Brisbane.

Toru Kumon explained that practice consolidates students’ knowledge and increases their confidence. This process leads to many small improvements, such as sitting still and concentrating on worksheets for longer periods of time; working quickly and constantly moving their pencil; not moving their eyes from the worksheet, neatly writing answers, and moving to the next worksheet page after completing their current one.

You may start to notice these changes in your own child.

 

 

Progress and motivation

As your child begins to encounter more difficult work, motivation levels may fluctuate.

Toru Kumon maintained it was essential that Kumon Instructors and parents keenly observe students’ progress, and praise the child for their effort.

“A long time ago, a student of mine received a score of zero on three consecutive tests”, Toru Kumon explained.

“You might think there is no way to praise a score of zero, but when I reread the answer sheets more closely, I found … what was written on each test was different. On the first test almost nothing was written, but on the second one, some things were written and some problems were attempted – definite signs of progress.”

“It is very important to have powers of observation to discover your child’s strong points. Watch for specific signs of progress and praise and encourage your children”, he concluded.

 

 

Self-learning and confidence

Your child will begin to take charge of their learning and become a self-learner. They will also reach Kumon International Standard, the benchmark for study just above school grade level.

Around this stage, it is likely your child will develop the confidence to know they can answer questions and solve problems if they try.

“Kumon has helped [my daughter] Tia to develop the habit of studying on a daily basis. She has become more confident”, says Abhinav, from Auckland and the father of an advanced student.

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

Tia is seven years old, an aspiring doctor and advanced Kumon student. She says Kumon helped her greatly.

“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.”

Toru Kumon always argued that advanced students are confident in their abilities and have the skills to learn new concepts independently.

 

We encourage you to discuss your child’s progress with your Instructor should you have any questions regarding your child’s first year at Kumon.

Response to COVID-19 as of Tuesday 17 March

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Parents, please read these latest recommendations from New Zealand Ministry of Health regarding COVID-19: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public

  1. If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of close contact.
  2. Returned travellers from overseas countries must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in New Zealand.

We thank you for assisting us by keeping any children who are unwell away from the Kumon Education Centre. We expect this will need to continue with staff and students for the foreseeable future. 

How you can help us:

  • Keep unwell children at home
  • Send your child to class with their own drink bottle and supplies (pencil and eraser)
  • Teach your child the correct coughing and sneezing etiquette (into their elbow or into a tissue)
  • Encourage your child to always wash their hands thoroughly and use hand sanitiser if it is provided.

Thank you for helping us to maintain student, parent and staff safety.

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Simplified Chinese:

家长们请留意并阅读以下新西兰卫生部关于新型冠状病毒(COVID-19)的最新建议:https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public

  1. 假如您接触过已确诊感染新型冠状病毒COVID-19病例,请您务必于接触后在家中隔离14天。
  1. 从海外归来新西兰的旅客务必于到达后自我隔离14天。

感谢您对我们工作的支持,让身体不适的学生暂时不要前来公文中心学习。近期内我们都将继续恳请任何身体不适的员工或学生避免前来公文中心。

请通过以下方式帮助我们:

  • 让身体不适的学生留在家中。
  • 让来公文中心学习的学生携带并使用自己的水壶,铅笔和橡皮擦。
  • 教会您的孩子咳嗽或打喷嚏时用肘部或纸巾掩盖口鼻。
  • 鼓励您的孩子洗手时彻底清洁。如有消毒洗手液请鼓励孩子妥善使用。

我们再次感谢您帮助我们确保每一位学生,家长和员工的健康与安全。

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Traditional Chinese:

家長們請留意並閱讀以下新西蘭衛生部關於新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19)的最新建議:https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public

  1. 假如您接觸過已確診感染新型冠狀病毒COVID-19病例,請您務必於接觸後在家中隔離14天。
  1. 從海外歸來新西蘭的旅客務必於到達後自我隔離14天。

感謝您對我們工作的支持,讓身體不適的學生暫時不要前來公文中心學習。近期內我們都將繼續懇請任何身體不適的員工或學生避免前來公文中心。

請通過以下方式幫助我們:

  • 讓身體不適的學生留在家中。
  • 讓來公文中心學習的學生攜帶並使用自己的水壺,鉛筆和橡皮擦。
  • 教會您的孩子咳嗽或打噴嚏時用肘部或紙巾掩蓋口鼻。
  • 鼓勵您的孩子洗手時徹底清潔。如有消毒洗手液請鼓勵孩子妥善使用。

我們再次感謝您幫助我們確保每一位學生,家長和員工的健康與安全。

Kumon advanced maths

Hayden develops lifelong study skills through Kumon Maths

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Hayden’s Kumon Maths study went a long way to helping him achieve the International General Certificate of Secondary Education in mathematics. The IGCSE is an internationally recognized mathematics qualification set by the University of Cambridge.

Hayden, who is 16 years old and due to begin Year 11 high school, completed the examination last year to attain is IGCSE. Hayden  also completed the Kumon Maths programme in June. This meant he already mastered many maths concepts he encountered within the IGCSE examination, including trigonometry and quadratic equations.

Hayden says Kumon also helped him develop strong study skills.

“Kumon gives you the discipline to be able to sit down and actually finish something, rather than leaving it half done”, Hayden says.

The Kumon Maths programme develops quick, precise calculation skills for the study of high school mathematics. In Kumon all students also progress at an individualised pace. Advanced students can go ahead to study content that is above their school grade, while those who may be falling behind can go back to practise and revise.

As students progress through Kumon, they develop self-learning skill. Self-learning is the ability to learn something new independently, without being taught.

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New edition of Potential magazine out now!

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One of Kumon’s fundamental goals is to build student’s foundations for future learning. Kumon Australia and New Zealand has dedicated this issue of Potential magazine to sharing stories explaining how this is achieved through the Kumon programmes.

We hope you enjoy the digital copy below!

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