How the Kumon Learning Method began
Kumon was created by a dad, who wanted the best for his son.
In 1954 Japan, a father and gifted math teacher, named Toru Kumon wanted his young son, Takeshi, to develop a love for learning. He also wanted him to be thoroughly prepared for rigorous high school and college entrance exams in his future.
Short, incremental assignments helped his son to master concepts.
Each day, Toru gave Takeshi short, incremental assignments to complete, allowing his son to master each concept completely before learning a new skill. The method was so successful that by sixth grade, Takeshi was solving calculus problems.
As Toru’s son started studying far beyond grade-level, other parents took notice.
As young Takeshi Kumon’s ability improved, other parents took notice and their interest in Toru Kumon’s unique step-by-step self-learning method grew. Today, Kumon has helped millions of students in 50 countries.
The Kumon Worksheets are the key to your child’s success.
You’ll find that Kumon is different from passive learning programs. Instead of taking notes, memorizing facts, and being fed information from teachers or a tutor, your child actively develops critical, self-learning skills. Kumon accomplishes this through:
CAREFULLY DESIGNED WORKSHEETS
Kumon Worksheets cover everything from counting to calculus, and phonemics to Shakespeare.
Each worksheet is continually fine-tuned to keep them relevant and effective in today’s world.
Each worksheet is one step more advanced than the one before, ensuring your child always has a grasp of the fundamental learning before moving on through the curriculum
LEARNING THAT IS TRULY ABSORBED
At school, teachers move on regardless of whether each student has fully grasped a lesson. Kumon ensures your child has truly absorbed each new idea before progressing to the next one.
EXAMPLES THAT DEMONSTRATE
The worksheets provide examples that demonstrate how to solve each type of problem, empowering your child to self-learn new concepts.
How does Kumon work day-to-day?
Your child’s daily assignments take about 30 minutes per subject to complete.
Two days a week your child completes assignments at a Kumon center; the other five assignments are completed at home.
Your child’s Kumon Instructor
Kumon Instructors are certified experts, able to guide, assess and encourage your child to help maximize success.
What to expect
Kumon Instructors will continually review your child’s progress as part of grading and evaluating worksheets. This helps the instructor fine-tune individual lesson plans, if necessary. The Kumon Program requires a special commitment on your part, and it encourages regular conferences between you and your child’s instructor to help gauge progress, goals, and motivation.
How to get started?
ATTEND AN ORIENTATION
Before you enroll your child in a Kumon Math or Reading Program, it is encouraged that you meet with an instructor at a center most convenient for you. They’ll answer all your questions and ensure that the Kumon Method is the best fit for your child’s needs.
A NO-COST PLACEMENT TEST
At the same time as your orientation, your child will take a placement test at no cost to you. These results help your Kumon Instructor determine the perfect starting point that works best for your child.
A SOLID GRASP ON PAST LEARNING
Your child may begin with worksheets that address already well-understood topics and lessons. This ensures a solid grasp on earlier fundamental learning before moving forward.