Below you’ll find some questions frequently asked by parents and students. Please call us at 1-800-ABC-MATH (1-800-222-6284) or email us if you don't see the answers to your questions.
Kumon goes beyond tutoring. Instead, children actively develop critical thinking skills while progressing independently through a carefully crafted, Kumon curriculum. The Kumon Math and Reading programs cover everything from counting to calculus, and phonemics to Shakespeare. The worksheets enable children to learn new concepts on their own. Kumon programs allow students to progress one small step at a time through daily practice. Kumon helps children:
- Foster a love of learning
- Progress at their own pace
- Develop good study habits and self-learning ability
The virtual classes are being held via videoconferencing where students complete the assigned work from the comfort of their home while a certified Instructor or assistant is available for assistance. Consultations are also available by phone or email. Since many of our centres are independently owned and operated, please check with your local centre about their virtual learning protocol and availability. For additional details regarding our centres’ safety and physical distancing guidelines, please see the “What is Kumon doing to keep my kids safe while they are at the centre?” section in the FAQs.
As Centres begin to reopen for in-centre classes, Kumon Canada has implemented strict safety guidelines which include:
- Regularly cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces
- Scheduling students to prevent overcrowding
- Practicing social distancing
- Providing a mix of in-centre and virtual classes at most centres to limit class sizes
- Spacing out the desks and implementing a staggered seating arrangement
- Washing hands frequently
- Wearing masks
There is no “right” age – Kumon can help your child advance in school – regardless of age and learning abilities.
Your children can enroll and benefit from Kumon from age three through high school.
Most Kumon Centres are individually owned and operated. Please contact a Centre near you to receive valuable information regarding Kumon including tuition and other fees.
Kumon gives you the tools to truly monitor your child's progress. The daily worksheets teach concepts in a logical way, so you’ll instantly know if your child is struggling with lessons – or advancing ahead of grade level. You're armed with insights and information that will help you decide what’s best as school continues and progress improves.
Kumon instills in students the skills and mindset necessary to learn new materials without being taught. With help from a certified instructor, children are able to move at their own pace each day through an individualized instruction. When a student doesn’t grasp a concept and needs guidance, the necessary steps are taken to ensure the child can work on it until it’s mastered.
Yes. If you’re concerned your child isn’t keeping up in class, Kumon encourages you to consider enrollment in the Kumon Program as soon as possible. Kumon will start by having your child complete a placement test at no cost to you. The results of this test will help guide the Kumon Instructor to determine the best starting point. From there, the step-by-step method will help your child build a solid grasp of math and reading, and grow more confident and motivated while mastering each concept and lesson.
Kumon’s individualized instruction is meant to help your child advance and succeed. In fact, many Kumon Students are studying above grade level. Advanced students are introduced to new concepts earlier than at school and can experience the advantage of learning new material ahead of their peers.
Kumon parents and students report the opposite: students with a firm grasp of the fundamentals in math and reading become much more engaged and self-confident in school. Doing homework each night also becomes less daunting and time-consuming – a plus for both students and parents. And with Kumon, you have more information on learning advancement, so you can make sure any curriculum includes classes that are appropriately challenging.
Kumon is built to enhance what students learn in school, not replace it. Kumon’s unique curriculum begins at the preschool level and progresses through high school-level material. It is designed so that any student can move as quickly as possible through the materials, while building independence and self-learning skills.
Kumon’s individualized instruction differs from one-on-one tutoring services that provide “quick fix” short term boosts in performance. If your child is a bit behind fellow classmates, our short-term goal is to reach grade-level competency within twelve months. While some students take a little longer, many accomplish it sooner. Kumon’s long-term goal is for students to continue with the Kumon Program throughout the school years, for benefits beyond high school and into university.
Every child learns at his or her own pace. The Kumon approach requires satisfactory understanding and testing competency before students can move forward. As material continues to progress, deficiencies in learning can accrue and have a greater negative impact. By succeeding early – and without constant intervention – Kumon Students gain the motivation to set their own goals, and tackle advanced levels comfortably.
The real value of Kumon instruction – and what sets us apart from other learning programs and tutors – is the impact Kumon’s progressive method will make on your child’s success throughout the school years, and beyond. With individualized instruction, Kumon Students develop confidence and independence – key traits for success at any age.
The most important step you can take is to help your child establish a routine by scheduling daily "Kumon time.” To encourage your child, you'll want to celebrate and praise victories and progress, large or small. Younger children may need some extra guidance from you in completing worksheets. It’s also very important to maintain regular communication with your instructor about homework, motivation, curriculum, or any other major activity in your child’s life. The instructor is there for you as well as your child, and wants what you want: to help your child succeed.