Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Learning skills that last a lifetime aren’t developed overnight.

The goal is to assume most of the responsibility for their own study.

The heart of the Kumon learning system is a curriculum of more than twenty clearly defined skill levels and hundreds of short assignments spanning material from preschool
all the way up to college. With each assignment, your child advances in small,
manageable increments.

Students begin at a comfortable starting point—determined by our placement test—with work that can be easily completed. This way your child will master the basics and gain complete proficiency with each successive step. Kumon students develop better concentration and study habits because they don't get frustrated by our learning process.

Kumon uses neither a classroom nor a tutoring model, but rather a guided "self-motivated-learning" approach. Worksheets assigned by the Instructor provide an example illustrating the concept to be learned. Then a simple exercise modeled after the example is given. Each new assignment is slightly more challenging than the last. The progression is so gradual that students are able to acquire the skills to advance independently.

Before your child can advance from one assignment to the next, the material should be completed with a perfect score within a prescribed period of time. All work is graded and the results recorded to determine when your child has a total command of the material and is ready to move on.

Worksheets are assigned daily, even though most children attend the center just twice a week. An assignment that takes too long or is completed with too many errors is repeated until mastered. That’s how the Kumon Method ensures optimal comprehension and retention of concepts, establishing the strongest possible foundation for more advanced material.

The Kumon Method allows your child to advance steadily at a comfortable pace dictated only by his or her ability and initiative. Your child’s individualized program is never compromised by the needs of a group or a prescribed teaching agenda. The first priority of the Kumon Instructor is to enable each and every child to perform and progress to his or her full potential-including advanced study whenever possible.