For over 50 years, first in Japan and then all around the world, Kumon has been helping children to develop their academic knowledge, powers of concentration, and good study habits.
The Kumon students are given comprehensive assessments which are then used to create individualised study plans. Whether the subject is mathematics or language, the students will all be engaged in a curriculum suited to their abilities. Their plans are updated regularly as their abilities and confidence grow so that they continue to be challenged but not daunted.
Alongside the millions of children who have already successfully completed Kumon programmes, as of March 2107 the total number of subject enrollments, globally, was 4.35 million. The Kumon Education Centres nurturing these children are spread across 50 countries.
Now, students in Hong Kong who have yet to experience the Kumon approach to learning can get a free taste, with trial lessons available from June 21 to June 30 at local centres.
Children aged three and above will get a chance to try lessons in Kumon Mathematics, English, Chinese, Japanese and English in Japanese, with two free lessons for one subject and four free lessons for two subjects. For parents, this is an opportunity to see how well the Kumon Method might help their children attain their educational goals, develop a positive attitude towards learning and lay the foundations of a successful academic career.
The Kumon Method of Learning originated in 1950s Japan. In 1954, Toru Kumon, the method’s founder, discovered his son, Takeshi, had lost interest in learning about mathematics. When Kumon, himself a high school mathematics teacher, looked at Takeshi’s textbooks he considered they were not giving students sufficient practice for them to become confident in a topic. His solution was to create a worksheet tailored to his son’s ability and to encourage him to study every day.
Eventually, when he was still in Primary 6, Takeshi was able to master calculus at a level equivalent to a high school student. Thus, the Kumon Method was born.
In 1955, the first Kumon Education Centre was opened in Osaka, Japan, and word soon spread thanks to parents whose children had seen tremendous success using the method.
The diagnostic test is one of the keys to the success of the Kumon Method. It enables instructors to observe each child’s specific abilities and needs, and use these to devise individual and progressive study plans. These plans are then shared and discussed, in detail, with parents.
Using conscientiously designed worksheets, and under the instructor’s watchful eye, the student’s learning skills - including their logical thinking, listening, reading, speaking, writing and reading comprehension abilities - are progressively developed, until the students become confident self-learners and problem-solvers.
The self-discipline and capacity for self-management that students learn at their Kumon centre can be seen in the way they greet their instructors, exchange homework, complete and submit class work, and clean and tidy up their desks and chairs before leaving. All of these responsibilities are intended to nurture children’s self-initiative, discipline and sense of responsibility. Similarly, each Kumon worksheet has a target finishing time, so children learn how to effectively manage their time.
Different supplementary tools are used in the teaching of different subjects. In mathematics, the children’s interest is stimulated with, for example, colourful worksheets and magnetic number boards.
In the English as a Foreign Language programme, instructors use colorful textbooks, funny stories and songs to ensure lessons are fun as well as informative. In the English Reading programme, the students’ analytical skills, needed to summarise texts, as well as their reading comprehension skills, are developed by covering a wide range of literary classics and genres from around the world.
The new edition of the Chinese programme includes nursery rhymes as well as classic Chinese poems, with the goal of cultivating students’ interest and skills in Putonghua through listening, reading aloud and writing.
Free trial lessons are available: June 21-30, 2017
Subjects: Kumon Mathematics, English, Chinese, Japanese and English in Japanese
Offer: For one subject try two free lessons and for two subjects try four free lessons
Eligible children: Three years or older
For more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 2890 6533 (Hong Kong) or 2875 0556 (Macau)
To find the nearest Kumon Education Centres go to https://goo.gl/LCEYf0
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