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Enrolment FAQ

Q: What kind of results will I see in my child?

By studying with Kumon your child will become a lifelong learner. Kumon does this by starting students at a level where they can attain a perfect score studying on their own. This fosters a joy for learning and motivates students to persevere with Kumon study.

Afterwards, students gradually begin to study topics they have not previously learned and only move on once they have mastered the topic they are currently studying. Eventually students will independently study material that is advance beyond their school grade level.

Their critical thinking and analytical ability will be developed, they will learn good study habits and they will learn how to solve problems on their own.

How has Kumon helped me

Q: How much does studying cost?

There is an initial, once off enrolment fee of $100. With a monthly fee structure, Kumon tuition fees are $140 per subject per month.

If your child is enrolled in both Kumon English and Kumon maths, you will pay $280 per month.

Fees cover the cost of attending your Kumon centre twice a week, tailored support from your Kumon Instructor and daily assignment of worksheets for study at home.

Q: How do I enrol?

Step 1: Locate your nearest Centre
We invite you to use the search feature on our website to find a Kumon Centre near you that operates at a time convenient to your family: http://kumonsearch.co.nz/

Step 2: Attend a Parent Orientation
Once you know which Centre you would like to attend, contact the Instructor to find out when the next Parent Orientation will be held. At a Parent Orientation, the Instructor will share with you how Kumon works, the structure and curriculum of Kumon maths and English, and how students learn within the Kumon Centre and at home. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Step 3: Assessment

The final step is for your child to be assessed in their maths and/or English by completing a short assessment. Based on the test results and the observations of the Instructor, an individualised study plan will be created for your child. This study plan will show you where your child will begin their learning in the Kumon programme. Your Instructor will also share a one year study plan to achieve specific goals for your child’s needs.

Q: Is Kumon aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum?

The Kumon Programmes contain fundamental topics, all of which appear in the New Zealand Curriculum.

The key difference is that Kumon students make progress based on their ability rather than their age. The aim is to develop a student’s academic ability and study skills to the point where they can learn material ahead of their class for confidence and success at school.

Q: How does Kumon help my child improve in school?

The Kumon programmes help children develop strong study habits. The carefully designed small-step worksheets provide the foundation for students to be able to learn independently with confidence. These are essential skills for doing well at school.

Q: If my child is behind in class, how long will them take to catch up?

Kumon is best viewed as a long-term programme that consolidates maths and English fundamentals and establishes essential study habits.

As Kumon is an individualised programme, students learn at a pace comfortable for them. The benefits of Kumon are fully realised once students begin learning material that is beyond their school grade level. It takes approximately 12 months for students to confidently study advanced material depending on their age and ability at enrolment.

Shortly after enrolment your Kumon Instructor will draw up an individualised study projection for your child and set specific goals for your child’s learning.

Q: How does Kumon assess students ability?

Kumon Diagnostic Tests pinpoint a child’s strengths and any gaps (in knowledge and understanding) that they may have in that subject. Accuracy and time taken to complete worksheets are used to gauge a student’s mastery of that subject. Students do not pass or fail tests, rather, the results are used by the Instructor to plan a student’s programme.

There are also other on-going, informal assessments of a child’s ability such as correction ability, concentration, study attitude, ability to follow examples, reading ability etc.

Q: What role do parents play in their child's Kumon study?

As Kumon is primarily a home-based study programme, parents are given the opportunity to greatly enhance their child’s progress by supporting their learning at home.

This support changes from family to family and Kumon Instructors can advise parents based on their individual circumstances. Kumon parents often say that supporting their child brings peace of mind as they are able to see their child’s progress in comparison to the benchmark of Kumon’s International Standard.

Parents also use Kumon as a tool to teach their children the value of practice, responsibility and discipline.

Q: What are the qualifications of the Kumon Instructors?

All Instructors are trained and qualified Kumon Instructors. They progress through extensive screening and training and participate in ongoing professional development programmes.

Only tertiary qualified candidates are able to become Kumon Instructors. All Instructors must pass maths and English proficiency tests, Working With Children Checks, complete initial and ongoing training (including ongoing professional development and completion of Kumon worksheets), and thereafter run their centre adhering to quality standards. A dedicated team of field staff ensure that centres operate best practices and achieve quality standards.

Although many Instructors come from an education background (primary, secondary, tertiary education), some have previously worked in other industries (e.g. we currently have Instructors who have worked as doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc.).

Q: What usually happens at the Centres?

Students are usually at the centre for 30 to 45 minutes per subject, depending on the student’s age and the difficulty of the worksheets. During this time, Instructors will be able to discuss completed homework with students and clarify any instructions or exercises.

Students will then complete their worksheets and supplementary activities for that day. Completing worksheets in the centre is essential for the Instructor to observe a student working and to guide, motivate and encourage them to ensure students are progressing smoothly.

Q: Is Kumon available during the school holidays?

Kumon Centres operate all year round, except for a short period over Christmas/New Year. Kumon does not offer special holiday programmes, but new students are welcome to enrol in our regular programmes at any time.

During the school holidays, many Kumon students choose to increase their study load to prepare for the new school year. For families new to Kumon, commencing Kumon study in December or January can help your child begin to develop maths, reading skills and study habits before the start of the new school year.

Please contact your nearest Kumon Centre to find out how Kumon can benefit your child.

Q: How does Kumon compare to the school system?

Kumon does not replace school, rather, the Kumon programmes complement the school system by using a selective curriculum that covers all the essential concepts needed for a student to confidently study advanced high school maths or comprehend and summarise complex English texts.

The key difference is that Kumon students make progress based on their ability rather than their age. The aim is to develop a student’s academic ability and study skills to the point where they can learn material ahead of their class for confidence and success at school.

Q: Does Kumon use a phonics-based or whole language approach to learning English?

Kumon uses both phonics and whole language elements within the Kumon English Programme.

Level 5A is particularly devoted to phonic elements, as children learn to recognise the sounds of letters (5A1-70). They build on this through understanding sound parts (5A 71-150). In level 4A, the sounds of familiar letter combinations are covered in 4A1-100. Rhyming skills are covered in 4A101-150, with sound parts a focus here as well. In level 3A, spelling patterns and syllables build on the development of children’s ability to link the printed word to the sound it makes.

Coupled with this are Levels 7A & 6A which help children associate the whole word with its meaning through the use of word/picture association. This provides children with exposure to words and the images that represent the meaning. The use of key words and their corresponding pictures supports the development of children’s comprehension skills and this approach continues all the way through the early levels.

In summary, Kumon uses both phonics and whole language approaches. We believe this is the best way to help nurture mature, skilled readers of English.

Q: Do students have to commit to a certain period of time?

At Kumon, we aim for a student to be studying just above their school grade after 12 months. From this point on, they can advance their learning even further.

Kumon is designed to be a long-term study programme as it aims to fully address the fundamentals of maths and English as well as develop students’ life-long learning habits.

Many students find that by staying with the programme they improve their concentration skills, develop a daily study and reading habit as well as the confidence to learn independently. We encourage you to talk with your local Kumon Instructor to further discuss your child’s needs and circumstances.

Q: Is there a specific programme for pre-schoolers?

The Pencil Skills Programme is available to pre-school children who are starting to use pencils and have enrolled in either Kumon English or Kumon maths. The programme is intended to be fun and helps young children acquire basic pencil control skills.

These include the ability to, hold a pencil correctly, maintain proper writing posture, use consistent writing pressure, control the start of, and end of, lines; draw straight lines, draw curved lines, and draw lines within narrow spaces.

For more information on the Kumon Pencil Skills Programme click here

Q: What is the right age for my child to start Kumon?

Kumon students range in age from pre-schoolers to high school students and in some cases adults; there is no minimum age. However, it is of great benefit if students have experience using a pencil. Please contact your local Kumon Instructor if you are uncertain about whether your child is ready to start Kumon.

Q: What is the difference between Kumon and tuition?

While Instructors give individual support when needed, the overall aim of Kumon is for students to become self-learners. Kumon students who have developed the discipline, persistence and confidence to be self-learners find that they are not limited by their access to a tutor or teacher and can independently manage their learning.

Q: Is it possible for an adult to enrol with Kumon?

The Kumon Programmes cover content from pre-primary through to materials seen in Year 12. While many of the students who attend Kumon are of primary school age, there are no age restrictions.

Q: Why is my child doing the same worksheet again / is Kumon rote learning?

Kumon maths and English focus on the fundamental skills of mental calculation and reading comprehension. Much like playing an instrument or a sport requires practice to improve, the skills of maths and reading can also be practiced and improved.

To ensure a student can progress to a new topic smoothly, it is important that the student is confident in each topic that comes beforehand. In many cases, students will be given the opportunity to revise worksheets until their Kumon Instructor considers they are ready to move on to a new concept.

Q: Why is my child doing such easy work at the start?

At Kumon, we emphasise an easy starting point. This is so your child can complete worksheets accurately and with a good pace, right from the start of the programme. This early fluency and accuracy is important as it not only supports your child to become comfortable with the routine of doing Kumon, but it will help develop your child’s confidence as they experience a feeling of accomplishment with each worksheet.

The easy starting point also reinforces their mental calculation and/or reading comprehension to ensure strong foundations before moving on to more challenging work. Please talk to your Kumon Instructor to further discuss your child’s study plan and goals.