In 1954 Japan, a father and gifted math teacher, named Toru Kumon wanted his young son, Takeshi, to develop a love for learning. He also wanted him to be thoroughly prepared for rigorous high school and college entrance exams in his future.
Each day, Toru gave Takeshi short, incremental assignments to complete, allowing his son to master each concept completely before learning a new skill. The method was so successful that by sixth grade, Takeshi was solving calculus problems.
As young Takeshi Kumonâ€™s ability improved, other parents took notice and their interest in Toru Kumonâ€™s unique step-by-step self-learning method grew. Today, Kumon has helped millions of students in 50 countries.
Kumon is different from other learning programs in that your students will be actively developing critical, self-learning skills as they progress through their Kumon Math and Reading Worksheets. Theyâ€™ll build a solid grasp of each concept as they successfully solve each worksheet. Hereâ€™s how it works:
Kumon Worksheets cover everything from counting to calculus, and phonemics to Shakespeare.
Each worksheet is continually fine-tuned to keep them relevant and effective in todayâ€™s world.
The worksheets provide examples that show how to solve each problem, empowering your child to self-learn new concepts on his or her own.
Each worksheet is a step more advanced than the one before, ensuring your child always has a grasp of the fundamental learning before moving on.
Unlike at school, where teachers move on regardless of whether your child has fully grasped a lesson, Kumon ensures your child doesnâ€™t move on until the learning is truly absorbed.
Your primary role as an instructor is to guide, assess and encourage each student to help maximize his or her success.
As their instructor, you will continually review each studentâ€™s progress as part of grading and evaluating their worksheets. This helps you fine-tune the studentâ€™s individual lesson plan, if necessary. The Kumon Program also requires a special commitment on your part, as you should establish an ongoing dialogue with parents to help them stay on top of their childâ€™s progress, goals and motivation.
Before a child enrolls in your Kumon Center, youâ€™ll want to meet one-on-one with the childâ€™s parent(s) to discuss their objectives and answer their questions. This way you can ensure that the Kumon Method is the best fit for their child.
At the same time as the orientation, each child takes a placement test at no cost to the parent. These results help you determine the perfect starting point for each student.
Students may begin with worksheets that address already well-understood topics and lessons. This ensures they have a solid grasp on earlier fundamental learning before moving forward.