This Young Artist Gained Her Confidence With Kumon
Cara, 12-years-old, Math Level J, Reading Level II
Art has a way of evoking emotion and inspiring creativity and imagination in everyone. Whether you are viewing Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone or even Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup, it tells a story and brings an artist’s skills and passion to life. All mediums of art can often be criticized, and artists must maintain a sense of confidence and resilience to keep creating despite what the critics may say.
The late French expressionism painter and sculptor Henri Émile Benoît Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage.”
12-year-old Cara displays that same courage and confidence as a young artist. With a soaring imagination and natural gift of creativity, she has poured that into her painting and portrait drawings.
Cara credits Kumon for boosting her confidence and giving her the will to never give up – which has helped her grow not only as an artist but as a student as well.
“The most beneficial thing I’ve learned from Kumon is that putting the work in each day even when you want to give up, will help you reach your goals,” said Cara. “All of my hard work, whether it’s in the classroom or outside, will bring me the success I am striving for. I know that if I remain dedicated to practicing every day with painting or even my math work, I will become the successful individual I want to be.”
Cara’s journey with Kumon began when she was just 6-years-old, and since then she has made remarkable strides in her academics. She has become a strong reader that has developed a solid foundation in comprehension and grammar skills. In the Kumon Reading Program, Cara has analyzed high school-level literature such as Ray Bradbury’s notable dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451. She is even studying above grade level as she is working on algebraic concepts like factor theorem and quadratic equations in the Kumon Math Program.
Cara has displayed a unique ability to express her creativity in art and to have the courage to share it with others. Her paintings have been selected and published in Celebrating Art, a publication dedicated to increase art appreciation and inspiring young artists around the country. Cara’s painting titled Owl was published in the summer 2017 edition, and was selected for a high merit award – noting excellence in her work.
Cara is not only creative when it comes to art, she is also a synchronized swimmer, pianist, and dancer. Synchronized swimming, also known as artistic swimming, takes elements of swimming, dance, and gymnastics into a routine in the water. She has competed with her team on the provincial level.
As a budding musician, Cara has been disciplined in her practice, currently studying under the grade 5 piano curriculum through the Royal Conservatory of Music. The Royal Conservatory of Music sets a national standard for young musicians, putting them on the path for musical excellence. The curriculums for each level include a range of advancing repertoire, techniques, musicianship, and music literacy – elements considered to lay down a successful foundation in musicians.
Cara has her sights set on working for Google as a computer programmer. She credits Kumon for overcoming her fear of math, and now feels more confident that she can work in that field and learn coding.
Cara’s hard work and discipline didn’t go unnoticed, as she was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Cara about her Kumon journey.
How has Kumon helped you inside of the classroom?
Kumon has helped me in so many ways academically, but it really boosted my confidence. I now know so much more in math, which has really made a positive impact on my grades. In reading, I have stronger comprehension skills, which has helped me with reading more advanced books in school.
What do you enjoy most about Kumon?
I love learning new things and expanding my knowledge.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
Attending the Student Conference gave me a sense of pride, and I felt that my hard work had paid off in so many ways. I really enjoyed meeting other Kumon Students that reached the same goals as me. This experience has encouraged me to want to continue and complete both the programs, and then help other Kumon Students succeed as well. I want to continue to be successful.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
It won’t always be easy – but keep going and work hard. You will see how much you have improved, and you will continue to become better, and soon people around you will even recognize it. You will be able to reach your dreams!