Father of Kumon Students Talks about Motivation and Self-Learning
Kumon isn’t easy. Trust us, we know. Even with the just-right level of study, children experience ups-and-downs as they are encouraged to think critically and independently.
We also know that it’s not always easy explaining the big picture to your children and helping them understand how Kumon will benefit them in the long-run. With more than 2,000 Kumon Centers in North America, parents all over experience these similar challenges. To connect these families to a larger Kumon community, we’ve launched “I Remember Kumon.” This video series explores the journeys of real Kumon Students. Their triumphs and even their tribulations.
Meet Glenn. He’s the father of second generation Kumon Students. Glenn was enrolled in the Kumon Program as a child, so he easily relates to his children’s Kumon struggles. As a father and former Kumon Student, Glenn knows that the objective of Kumon is to instill in students the skills and mindset for self-learning. He knows that through continuous Kumon Study, his children will become self-motivated, independent problem solvers.
Glenn’s ultimate goal is like that of many Kumon Parents. He wants his children to receive a good education that adequately prepares them for the ever-changing world. One of the benefits of self-learning is developing the skill of perseverance. Students can work through a struggle and eventually conquer it on their own. Along the way, they are developing the confidence that will allow them to continue to overcome any obstacle in-and-out of the classroom.
Glenn offers three tips on how to foster self-learning at home:
Keep the balance.
When encouraging your children to become self-learners, it’s important to maintain the balance between helping your children with homework and doing the work for them.
Remind them of what they already know.
When my children hit roadblocks, I focus on motivating them by helping them realize that they already have a baseline knowledge. By staying positive and focusing on what they already know, I help them understand that each worksheet is just another building block to a new skill.
Praise the process, not just the achievement.
It’s important to praise children’s specific efforts as well as their achievements. Demonstrating consistent effort is just as important as receiving a high test score.