EASTGATE PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER
11891 VALLEY VIEW STREET
Our students, ranging from preschool through 12th grade, develop the skills that help them build upon each concept they learn. With individualized learning plans, motivation and practice, our center prepares students to become avid learners, encouraging success throughout their entire academic experience and beyond.
My daughter Lauren struggled through math in 7th and 8th grade. Homework was a struggle and tests were defeating for her. She was working hard but something just wasn’t clicking. There were some missing pieces and she was getting very frustrated and discouraged. Lauren would say, “I’m just bad at math.” As a parent, that’s heartbreaking to hear. When a Kumon opened up near us, I figured we would give it a shot. I’d heard of Kumon but didn’t know much about it. When we went in, Jasmine was amazing and led us through the process. She made it clear that Lauren would go back to basics and strengthen her foundation. Lauren started simple, which not only strengthened her skills but also her confidence. The repetition knitted everything in and she was able to move through quickly. She enjoyed doing the work and looked forward to going to Kumon. Over the course of a year, Lauren was able to reach grade-level content and, more importantly, she felt confident doing math. Even when there’s a new concept, she is so much better prepared to grasp it. The consistency and repetition were transformative for her. Jasmine was patient and flexible. She provided a great balance of accountability and encouragement. I am so grateful for Kumon because it not only shifted the trajectory of math instruction for my daughter at school but also saved us from some serious consternation at home!
Abel started Kumon in 2nd grade when he was 7 years old. I had noticed he was struggling with reading comprehension when he was in 1st grade. At the time, I felt like I didn’t have the patience to teach him. He would get frustrated easily when the homework was only slightly difficult. As a result, we ended up spending more time dealing with our moods than actually studying. I figured that wasn’t good for both of us, and that I needed some help.
Kumon started Abel at a level lower than he actually was, so in the beginning he could complete the homework quickly and accurately. As a result, he was happy about doing his Kumon homework, looking forward to going to Kumon, and was proud of himself as a Kumon student; it became kind of his identity – “I do Kumon” thing. Then we had a long period of struggling for him to be focused and finish the homework on time. His progress slowed down. Sometimes he had to spend almost two hours to finish the Kumon homework at home or at the center, or he would have to do his corrections 2-3 times after he finished his homework. Then it seemed to become a burden for him, something he was afraid of, that both he and I were struggling with…
But I am very thankful for all of the support and patience extended to us as we were going through this difficult time of struggle. I started to see some good outcome, beyond improving his school grades. I started to see how this program helped him develop character traits like perseverance, patience, responsibility, and being focused. Also, I have seen some kind of break through point recently in that he now likes to read. His writing, as quoted by him from his teacher, is “very creative,” and he’s being more positive and confident.
In addition to the changes I see in him, I think it also taught me a lot as well. Kumon has taught me to be more patient, as it does take time in life to grow, and for that growth to show. I think we all get used to gaining things quickly and expecting to see some changes or results right away, but things concerning life and growth might not always work in that way. So I think joining the program and walking together with Abel through all of his struggles and difficulties helped me a great deal as a mother, way beyond the academic benefits of my kid that I was focused on and expected when I first joined the program. So in a word, I am very proud of Abel’s achievements so far. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s so worth it!
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