Welcome to the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Norwell!
We are located 25 miles south of Boston in the heart of the South Shore. Our center helps students from many local towns improve their math and reading skills, along with skills that prepare them to be more productive in the 21st Century.
For more than 50 years, Kumon’s after-school academic enrichment program has helped children achieve success worldwide. We strive to instill in children the desire to achieve and the motivation to learn on their own. Whether your child is seeking enrichment, needs help catching up or is just beginning his or her academic career, Kumon is designed to help him or her develop a love of learning.
Students advance through the program at their own pace. Our emphasis on individualized learning helps your child become focused, motivated and self-reliant. We monitor each child’s progress to ensure comprehension before moving on to a new concept. With a strong academic foundation, critical thinking and problem solving abilities, your child has the potential to achieve whatever he or she desires.
The Kumon Math Program is a comprehensive curriculum that develops the necessary skills to help children progress from counting through calculus. For more information about the Kumon Math Program, click here.
The Kumon Reading Program begins with basic phonics and progresses all the way through advanced reading comprehension. For more information about the Kumon Reading Program, click here.
Students enrolled in one-subject attend the center for approximately 30 minutes while two-subject students attend class for approximately 50 minutes. One-subject students should arrive no later than 30 minutes before closing while two-subject students should arrive no later than 45 minutes before closing.
In order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to studying, we request that only students enter center study area. Please make sure your child visits the restroom and gets a drink of water, if desired, prior to entering the center. Food, drinks, and chewing gum are not allowed in the center.
Parents should not leave the building while their children are in the center unless we are notified in advance.
Kumon parents understand that Kumon requires a daily commitment on their part. When parents are serious about educating their children and developing their life-long study skills, children will also engage and learn to respect learning, to organize their time, and to take responsibility for what is important in their lives. Parents must ensure that their children have the time to do their Kumon work by wisely managing the activities the child is involved in after school. Kumon needs to fit comfortably into your child’s routine every day. It cannot be rushed and cannot be the last thing your child does during the day.
Home Grading: Parents are involved daily in their child’s Kumon studies by setting specific times for work completion and by marking the Kumon homework, preferably as soon as the assigned worksheets are completed. Parents should mark and score the work with a red pen and using the answer book provided by us. At the top of the first page, please summarize the time taken for each set and the number of errors made in the entire packet. This gives us a quick idea of how each child did on the homework before starting the work in the center. Home grading helps children learn from their mistakes by correcting them immediately.
It is important for the parents to help us reinforce the messages we are sending to your children every time they are in the center, including:
- the quality of work is important, and neatness is a skill to learn;
- striving to achieve 100% accuracy is essential for building a strong foundation;
- recording times correctly is an important part of the learning process and gives us needed feedback;
- working continuously and diligently from the beginning to the end of each set builds strong concentration skills, attention to detail, and patience;
- completing Kumon work every day teaches students responsibility for a small task;
- keeping work organized (in page order) and returned back to the center teaches students responsibility for their work;
- studying examples and learning from mistakes develops self-reliance and self-learning skills.
We cannot stress enough how important your involvement is in educating your child. We are here to help, but we have to work together as partners to assure the fastest progress with ease and minimum stress on you and your child. Please call us if you have questions about how to work with your child at home, what learning milestones we are working to accomplish and to discuss anything that relates to your child’s Kumon work and progress. While we do not schedule periodic progress conferences with parents, you may request a meeting at anytime. Please note that meetings will not be scheduled during center hours.
Our waiting area is provided for quiet reading purposes. Younger students should wait there until their parents pick them up. You may also use the space next door ("A Fork in the Road") downstairs and upstairs lounge for work or waiting.
Holiday Closings: Kumon is a year-round program of study. Kumon homework is assigned 365 days per year unless otherwise requested by a parent at least one week in advance. Parents may request to have us schedule less work during vacations. We generally close the Centers for the following weekends: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, MLK Day, Easter, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July. Additionally, we close for Christmas Break, Winter Vacation (February), and Spring Vacation (April). Any additional closings may be announced in the monthly newsletters.
Class attendance is a vital part of the Kumon program. Observing students during their session helps us greatly understand their readiness for harder work. We generally introduce new sets in the center to help us plan the work. If a student is unable to attend class, please let us know ahead of time, so we can provide an adequate amount of homework. If something comes up on the center day, please call or email us and we will leave the work out in the pick-up box outside of the entrance to the center.
The weather might be most unpredictable during the winter months. Generally, if the roads are clear in the afternoon, the center will be open, even if the schools are closed on a particular day. If you are not sure what to do, please call our number 781-982-3052 around noon time on the center day, and our greeting will contain the specific instructions about center opening and/or work pick-up.
Your feedback is important to us. Our goal is to provide the best Kumon experience to you and your children. Please let us know how we are doing and if there is anything else we can improve in our services to you. Call us or mail us any time.