PARENTS, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CENTRE POLICIES CAREFULLY:
1. Our class times at the Kumon Center of North Delta are Mondays Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Please make sure students arrive at the Centre with enough time to complete their work within these hours. If you realize that your child will be unable to come to class, please call me ahead of time so that we can try to make alternative arrangements for you to pick up your child’s work. If a student misses a class, all assigned work will be pushed back and reassigned to the next class. Students who arrive too late to complete their classwork within the class hours will be sent home with it, along with their homework for the next several days.
2. Please do not ask for extra work without giving me at least one week’s notice ahead of time. That way, I can make a note of it right in the student’s file and avoid mix-ups. A written note from you may lead to less confusion later as class time can be hectic.
3. All homework is to be completed by the student, marked by a parent or guardian (preferably with a red pen, but not pencil), and corrected on a daily basis by the student. This saves the student from having to spend an hour or more at the Centre (while you wait) doing corrections from the previous week. More importantly, if the student does not do his/her corrections on a daily basis at home, he/she may continue making the same mistake through several sets and may have to repeat that work again later to “unlearn” the mistake he/she has made consistently. This will slow the student’s progress considerably. Any sets not completed at home should be returned with the completed homework at the next class. This homework will then be re-assigned to the student subsequently.
4. It is VERY IMPORTANT that students record their starting and finishing times. This, in addition to the accuracy of the work, helps me to monitor the student’s progress. If times are not recorded correctly and accurately, the student will have to repeat that day’s assignment.
5. Home-grading guidelines for both Math & Reading are available and are provided to all new families when you enroll (it’s a good idea to review these guidelines periodically). Following the Home-grading guidelines will aid my assistants and me in reviewing and recording homework in class, thus resulting in a more efficient classroom routine (and fewer time students spend in the Centre). Interpreting parents’ different grading styles can be a challenge at times, so following standard grading policies really helps us move things along.
6. Parents and siblings may wait in the designated waiting area or outside, but NOT IN THE CLASSROOM AREA. It is imperative that students be allowed to complete their assignments independently in a quiet atmosphere that is conducive to learning. For the sake of student safety, do not leave students at the Centre while you run errands.
7. The North Delta Kumon Centre operates on a year-round basis, including the summer months. Understandably, students will go on vacation at various times. Please give at least 1 week’s notice for vacations so that sufficient work may be prepared for students. It is standard Kumon policy that work is taken by the students on all vacations, as prolonged absences will adversely affect the student’s progress. If this is not possible, please talk to me.
8. Students are encouraged to attend classes regularly twice a week but once a week arrangements can be made.
9. Answer books are the property of the North Delta Kumon Centre. Please handle them with care. Answer books are to be handed in once the student graduates to the next level. An answer book for the new level will be given to replace the old book.
10. Remember that progress is not judged strictly by the page number that the student is working on. Compare the time taken and the score attained each time. Any decrease in time and increase in accuracy is progress. Remember to provide a lot of encouragement.
11. Progress reports with an updated progress goal graph will be sent out after the student finishes each level of work. If there is a problem in the Centre or with the materials, I will contact you immediately.
12. All information that I distribute to parents (newsletters, centre closure notices, etc.) is sent through the Kumon student, so please check with your child after every class to see if there is something for you with their homework.
13. Keep your perspective! Kumon is a “supplemental” education program. We are here to help students do better in their regular school classrooms. Nothing from Kumon goes on students’ “permanent records” and there is no failure by students in Kumon. You can best support your child by:
a. making sure he/she completes his/her work on a daily basis.
b. grading each day’s assignment and then checking that corrections have been completed.
c. making sure they complete the work themselves. In Kumon, children have the luxury of being able to spend as much time as is necessary to master a concept, as measured by accuracy and speed. Giving them the answers or doing the work for them ultimately compromises student’s progress, as they will not learn concepts necessary to succeed at higher levels.
d. being on the lookout for students copying answers from the answer books or using calculators in math problems. Keep these items out of your child’s possession during “Kumon time.