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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.”

Experience Kumon this May, with our Free Trial offer

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

As part of the trial, your child will receive individualised Kumon Instruction 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 May.
  • 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.

How Kumon supports the growth of our youngest minds

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Kumon’s experience with helping children reach their potential in Maths and English has shown that – so long as the child is ready – the earlier that a student begins learning, the better. Therefore, Kumon has a range of options available for our youngest minds, including Kumon’s Pencils Skills Programme.

To shed some light on the experience of our early learners, we spoke to some of parents of pre-schoolers who have enrolled their children into Kumon. Here are their thoughts:

“There’s a period when children are very open and curious and if you can catch them there, then the learning kind of happens naturally … the learning just becomes part of who they are, because they are still in their developmental stage. If you can catch them there then it all takes off.” – Leticia

“When I enrolled my children, both of them had very low muscle tone and their fine motor skills were very poor, so they couldn’t even hold a pencil. For me, the pencil work all came from Kumon. I just thought they’d be ready for kindergarten, I wasn’t expecting them to excel, just to be ready for school. Anything after that was exciting for me.” – Eva

“I’ve noticed that Kumon has helped in other areas, particularly with my little boy because he’s definitely more disciplined now. When my little boy is in class he knows that he needs to listen and focus and he knows that it’s important. He realises, in his own way that he’s learning. He tells me, “Oh mum, I did this today and I haven’t done that before.”’ – Tam

“I don’t think it is too much for my daughter to do Kumon every day because each workbook only takes a small amount of time. I thought to myself, ‘Why not start something that has some kind of system to slowly introduce her to difficult concepts?’ So starting one step at a time, with a little amount of my time and her time, we can achieve a bigger result.” – Stephanie

To find out whether Kumon’s Pencil Skills Programme is suitable for your child, please speak with your local Kumon Instructor.

After walking 800km, Anna hands in her holiday homework

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Most students would take time off from homework while embarking on an 800km trek, but not 11-year-old Anna, who kept up-to-date with her Kumon Maths homework while she completed the Camino de Santiago.

The Camino de Santiago, or ‘The Way of Saint James’, follows one of the most significant Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages. This pilgrim’s route, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, begins in the French town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, near the French-Spanish border, and ends in Santiago de Compostela, a city in north-western Spain.

Today, it still serves as spiritual journey for modern-day pilgrims and as a tourist track. While Anna spent 26 days trekking over mountains, through medieval villages and across dry Spanish plains, she completed her Kumon Maths work with her cousins, carrying her homework wrapped in a plastic bag that was placed in her backpack.

“I didn’t want to fall out of the habit of doing Kumon and I thought I might fall behind if I didn’t do it on the trip”, Anna said. “My two cousins who were with me on the trip also do Kumon, so we helped each other during the evenings when we had lots of spare time”.

Paula, Anna’s mother, said she was impressed that Anna wanted to keep up with her work and that Kumon has boosted Anna’s confidence.

“Anna likes to achieve, and I think that she’s seen herself improve over time”, Paula said.

“I think she gets a lot of satisfaction from Kumon and it’s not easy; she’s struggled sometimes, but I think it’s given her a good sense of what she can do.”

Anna aspires to be a doctor or scientist when she grows up, and would like to star in a musical.

As children prepare for the year ahead, you might like to consider how Kumon can help your child develop a daily learning habit as well as boosting their confidence. Enquire with your local Kumon Centre to learn more about giving Kumon a try in 2019.

Three ways to help your children love learning this summer

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With the arrival of the summer holidays, children can play and live their daydreams without the interruptions of the classroom. Parents also finally have precious extra time to relax and spend with their children; whether this is on holiday, at the poolside or beach, or just relaxing together to read a favourite book.

The summer holidays are a time to show children that learning can be intriguing and enjoyable! Here are three ways you can help your children love learning this summer.

1. Encourage and engage with their curiosity

A curious mind is eager to learn more, and will serve children well throughout their education and life. Sometimes children ask thousands of questions each day! Answering questions honestly and genuinely will provide opportunities to discuss the question topic in more depth. If neither of you know the answer, then this is an opportunity for you both to find the answer together.

2. Get reading!

Summer is a great time for children to pick up a book, get lost in a story, and learn more while they’re at it!

Keep books by your children’s bedside these holidays, in the playroom—all over the house—and make sure they are in places within children’s reach. Bring books with you on car trips, to the grocery store, anywhere. Rather than handing them an electronic device, hand them a book they love.

3. For the long-term, help them develop a growth mindset

A growth mindset is the belief that one’s abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort and perseverance. Children with a growth mindset realise their effort has a direct impact on their achievement, they acknowledge their current abilities are a starting point for reaching their potential, and are more likely to put in the extra yards needed to succeed.

Kumon is enrolling throughout the summer break, and this could be a time to help you child begin to develop this mindset. Kumon’s programmes help students develop this way of thinking by building students’ confidence through its Maths and English programmes and showing them that with effort, they can achieve.

The numbers add up for Gisele, Chace and Charmaine

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For siblings – 9 year old Gisele, and 8 year old Chace and Charmaine – numbers are a breeze.

The siblings have always had an affinity for numbers which their parents, Holly and Ady, were keen to nurture. As such, they enrolled their kids into Kumon.

“We discovered their interest and ability in mathematics while they were at Kindergarten,” Holly and Ady explain.

“Therefore, we hoped to find a well‐recognised system that can enhance their ability and equip them with the necessary learning skills”.

Gisele, Chace and Charmaine all aspire to be medical professionals when they grow up. They say Kumon has helped them become confident, independent learners.

“Kumon gives us a systematic way to practice our knowledge with clear achievements and targets”, say Gisele, Chace and Charmaine.

“Sometimes, we experience difficulty when studying advanced maths, but we are willing to learn by ourselves and find it fun to face the challenges ahead and we are determined to conquer them”.

Kumon places Alisha ahead in maths and English

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Despite being only 11 years old, Alisha can already complete many of the maths and English problems she will likely see in secondary school.

Alisha, who is in Year 6, studies Kumon English at the Year 11 level and Kumon Maths at the Year 9 level.

“At school, I find I know a lot of the stuff already, often it’s just revision”, Alisha says. “Kumon has definitely made school a lot easier and helps me be more confident”.

Sonal, Alisha’s mum, she enrolled Alisha into Kumon to give her a challenge and stretch her abilities.

“If a child can cope with advanced learning, I feel we should just go ahead”, Sonal says.

“For Alisha, this has helped boost her confidence – she’s not afraid to take new things on – and it’s built her speed, accuracy, patience and discipline, these are skills which will stay with her for life”.

Kumon accelerates Kaiden’s learning

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For Kaiden, 12 years old, Kumon is a jump start for his education.

The aspiring car mechanic, who studies Maths at Kumon, is no longer struggling at school.

“Kumon has helped me to catch up to my year level, which I feel good about”, Kaiden said. “It keeps me wanting to learn and to keep improving.”

Kaiden has studied with Kumon since 2015. Kumon focusses on helping students build foundational literacy and numeracy skills as well as building student’s ability to solve problems by themselves.

Kumon students also learn at a level that is defined by their current ability and aren’t pushed ahead or held back because of their age.

“This allows him to build his confidence because he’s not being forced to learn something in a hurry and then move on”, explained his mother, Natalie.

Kaiden said that Kumon will also help him throughout his later life. “It’s taught me to focus and concentrate a lot on getting my work completed and try and solve problems on my own”, Kaiden said.

“Hopefully if I get a mechanic’s apprenticeship I can use these skills in my studies and workplace”.

Cleo journeys from Kumon student to student doctor

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It was 18-year-old Cleo’s own experience with surgery that inspired her pursue a career in medicine.

“Having undergone surgery a few years ago, I really admired the way my doctor treated myself and other patients with the utmost compassion, empathy and respect”, Cleo said. “I was also blown away by his leadership skills, and the way he guided his team of interns and registrars.”

The first year Curtin University medical student aspires to become a “competent and compassionate” doctor, and an advocate for healthcare improvements. Cleo completed high school at Perth Modern School and has finished the Kumon programme at Kumon Canning Vale Education Centre.

Kumon’s Maths and English programmes focus on raising children’s reading and calculation ability, as they are fundamental to success in all subjects at school. This gives students a solid foundation in Maths and English and lays the groundwork for students to succeed in school and in later life. Kumon also develops students’ ability to think through challenges by themselves.

Cleo said she is grateful to Kumon for helping her develop the work ethic and self-discipline needed to pursue a career in medicine.

“Kumon instils discipline and self-motivation in students”, Cleo explained. “It is one of the main reasons why my work ethic is what it is today and for that I am very grateful.”

Kumon also tailors its teaching to needs of each student.

“In Kumon, you can progress onto the next stage or spend extra time revising difficult concepts,” Cleo said. “The programme is adaptable and flexible which really helps bring out the best in each student.”

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