Make Lifelong Learning a Family Affair
The inspiration of the Kumon Method began with a father’s love for his son and desire to help him to excel in school. As a Kumon parent, you understand the important role family plays in supporting your child’s learning.
With family members juggling several things at once, where do you find the time to connect with one another? One simple, yet often overlooked way is to have a meal together daily. The family table is the perfect place to recognize everyone’s experiences, challenges and contributions.
Other ways you can connect and strengthen family ties are with activities that incorporate fun and learning from real life experiences.
- Encourage reading. There’s a wide range of age appropriate books students can select from Kumon’s Recommended Reading List. Your child may borrow books from his or her Kumon Center library, even if your child is not enrolled in the Reading Program.
- Create a family newsletter. The newsletter can include book, movie or restaurant reviews, a favorite family recipe or breaking family news (first homerun, winning a contest, or acing an exam). Designate your child as the reporter and involve other family members by having them take photos.
- Make your child the “family accountant.” For upcoming family vacations or outings, start with a daily budget and have your child keep track of all expenditures and categorize them (gas, meals, etc.). This puts your child in a position of responsibility and teaches the importance of math.
According to research by the U.S. Department of Education, when families are involved in their children’s education, children earn higher grades and tests scores, are more positive in their attitudes and behaviors, and are more likely to enroll in college than students with less involved families.