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Esmael goes back to school with confidence

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/

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