Discovering True Potential: An Early Learner’s Journey through Kumon
In many ways, Michael is a typical eight-year-old boy. He enjoys playing baseball and basketball and participating in cub scouts. He loves to read Harry Potter books and enjoys anything related to science. What the average person wouldn’t realize is that Michael tested at a tenth grade math level as a third grader and received ‘high honors’ for being among the highest scoring students in the 2017-2018 John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth search.
Michael’s parents noticed as early as preschool that he gravitated towards learning quickly. By the time he was three years old he’d already begun to read and write numbers. Recognizing that he could benefit from an enrichment program, his parents immediately enrolled him in the Kumon Math and Reading Program.
“Since Michael was already reading sight words and we knew it would be awhile before he started learning to read in school, we really wanted to expose him to Kumon,” said his mother Elizabeth. “He was at an age where learning was exciting and new. Kumon imprinted on him early that learning is fun and he still carries that with him today.”
As a first grader, Michael won first place at his school’s science fair and second place in the Boy Scouts’ Pine Wood Derby contest. Not limited by his age in Kumon, Michael’s skills in math skyrocketed! By the time he began second grade, he was studying algebra in Kumon and solving for x in problems like 4x+34=8-9x.
“We never pressured Michael’s studies, it was just obvious from the beginning that his mind was a sponge,” said Elizabeth. “Once he started a new concept, he didn’t want to stop. Kumon has challenged Michael to progress through math levels that he wouldn’t have seen until middle school. He has such confidence in himself and loves to take on new challenges head first.”
Michael wants to be a math teacher when he grows up. With his love for math and science, and the discipline and self-confidence he’s developed in Kumon, the sky is truly the limit for this young boy.