The heart of the Kumon learning system is a curriculum of more than twenty clearly defined skill levels and hundreds of short assignments spanning material from preschool all the way up to college. With each assignment, your child advances in small, manageable increments.
How it Works
Students study these incremental assignments every day–5 days per week at home, and 2 days per week at the center. The genius of these assignments is that they can be studied with ease and independence allowing students to build their core math and reading skills alongside developing independence. Because the curriculum is designed for self-study, students work at the center in more of a study hall type environment under the watchful eyes of center staff. Some students working on read aloud material may sit next to a center assistant who will provide oral feedback. However, in Kumon, students are learning by doing–completing our curriculum. We are not a tutoring service. Our goal is to help students develop the academic skills to alleviate the need for tutoring.
Success From the Start
Students begin at a comfortable starting point—determined by our placement test—with work that can be easily completed. This way your child will master the basics and gain complete proficiency with each successive step. Kumon students develop better concentration and study habits because they don’t get frustrated by our learning process.
Advancing Step by Step
Worksheets assigned by the Instructor provide an example illustrating the concept to be learned. Then a simple exercise modeled after the example is given. Each new assignment is slightly more challenging than the last. The progression is so gradual that students are able to acquire the skills to advance independently.
Speed + Accuracy = Mastery
Before your child can advance from one assignment to the next, the material should be completed with a perfect score within a prescribed period of time. All work is graded and the results recorded to determine when your child has a total command of the material and is ready to move on.
Practice Makes Perfect
An assignment that takes too long or is completed with too many errors is repeated until mastered. That’s how the Kumon Method ensures optimal comprehension and retention of concepts, establishing the strongest possible foundation for more advanced material.
Realizing Each Child’s Potential
The Kumon Method allows your child to advance steadily at a comfortable pace dictated only by his or her ability and initiative. Your child’s individualized program is never compromised by the needs of a group or a prescribed teaching agenda. The first priority of the Kumon Instructor is to enable each and every child to perform and progress to his or her full potential-including advanced study whenever possible.