#### Learning One Step at a Time

“Kumon is only a little bit each day. Learning to break tasks down into small assignments is an essential skill for school and life.” – Jocelyn, Kumon Student from Plano, TX

If you are a prospective Kumon Parent, you are probably wondering how the Kumon Program can help your child. You may have heard about the successes of our Kumon Students, like Amelia from Brooklyn, NY, or heard that it is a step-by-step academic enrichment program. But what exactly does that mean and how can a step-by-step process help your child succeed? To start, the Kumon Program was founded by a parent— just like you—who wanted to make sure that his son developed the academic skills needed to achieve lasting success.

In 1954, while working as a high school math teacher, Toru Kumon developed Kumon worksheets, which are the basis of the Kumon Program. Each worksheet is carefully designed to encourage students to learn how to solve problems. Students use the knowledge they gain in one level of the program to advance to the next level. For example, a student may begin the Kumon Math Program studying problems such as 2+ 1 and 3 + 1, but will progress to learn how to solve 2 + 2 and 3 + 2 problems and eventually problems such as 5 + 9 and 6 + 9. Once the student has developed a complete understanding of basic addition, the student would then progress to study basic subtraction problems such as 2 – 1 and 3 – 1. As the student continues with the Kumon Math Program, the student will progress from learning basic mathematical skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solving problems with advanced concepts in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. This video of Emily, an eighth grade Kumon Student studying algebra, is a great example of the step-by-step progress of the Kumon Math Program:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Km3mldXNhA?rel=0&w=560&h=315]Now that you understand more about the Kumon Program, locate a Kumon Center near you to learn how you can help your child build academic skills that will last a lifetime.