Friday, November 29, 2013

School holiday activities: Kumon

Enrolled my daughter in Kumon class today.  Learnt this brain development and enrichment tuition classes from a friend here and since it is school holiday, I decided to let my girl start this class next month.   Their classes are every Tuesday and Friday, and subjects are English and Maths.


Kumon is based on Japanese learning skill. Developed by Mr Kumon in 1954, a high school Maths teacher. The objectives of Kumon are to develop self-learning, independence, confidence and learning ability of young children.

Kumon centre is situated opposite the old Everwin branch in Jln Pahlawan.  This afternoon, she has her assessment test as each student needs to sit for the test before teachers place them accordingly in the class.  It is based on how fast the students can answer the questions with correct answers within a given time frame. 

My girl sitting for assessment test. Answered all 70 questions correctly within 8 minutes (time limit is 10minutes). She is given Primary 2 Maths set paper.

Planned to enrol my boy too but that would be next January. Having hard time teaching Jay and he does not listen to me. So I decided it is high time to get him started early in Kumon.

When at the centre, teacher will give out a set of questions paper to student to finish. Students are to time themselves. After finish the paper, they will pass to teacher to check and revision with student. Not so of a classroom teaching concept here. More one-to-one most of the times. Students would need to bring back few sets of papers home to be done and timed at home. Parental support also play a part in a child development here.

I will try to update on my kids' progress in Kumon in few months time for sharing. *fingers cross*

9 comments:

angeline ong said...

My son is still with Kumon until now - in maths. I like the way they teach too. The instructor tell me not to force the children to have so many tuitions. One at a time. Next year I'll enroll my son for the English subject. Cos I see my son has improve a lot. I have hard time teaching him actually, so that is why I decided to send him there.

Rose said...

That is great. I hope my boy will show more interest in learning while my girl able to maintain and improve more!! :)

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Oh...I would like to know more about Kumon. Please update us.

mun said...

Kumon is all above concentration and practice. The child has to finish many maths question within a certain time. And keep doing the same set until the child can complete it with a certain percentage correct.

suituapui said...

First time hearing about this... Looking at the previous comment, sounds like a lot of pressure on the kids but it is all right if they like it and enjoy going to the classes. English, I'd love but Maths....shudders!!!! As the old saying goes, you can bring a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.

Sharon D said...

That's a good move considering how tough school is today and how competitive things have gotten! :)

angeline ong said...

Everyone should know much more about kumon. Kids learn proper methods and learn how to concentrate in his or her work. Not stress at all... Is just a basis of practice of learning.

Shereen said...

My son started kumon when he was 4 yrs old and still doing it now that he's 15. He hated it when he was younger but now he's very thankful that we made him to do it.

Rose said...

Wow! Happy that all those years bear fruits! Happy for your son, Shereen. Now I feel more confident sending my kids to Kumon.