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Postby Chenonceau » Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:41 pm

sandunes wrote:I am not sure how "in line" Kumon is compared to the Spore syllabus. I am assuming it is not since Kumon has always pride themselvess on their special worksheets.

My kids did Kumon Chinese when we were living in Taiwan. That must be one of their most dreaded period of their lives! LOL (even tho we were there just once a week. there were kids who went daily). Till now, the kids still make jokes whenever they see any Kumon ctrs here. "Come on, Kumon ..." .

:lol:

The good thing that I learnt from Kumon was to use a timer for ds (to focus). I did the same for him when he was younger. With timer set for 15-20mins each time, he could finish his hw with less distraction.

I must say some of the Chinese comprehension were "nice to read" but it got harder and the repetition also became a turn-off after awhile. (I am not sure of it is done the same way too here... ie. need to repeat the same worksheets 2-3 times) We stopped eventually when elder dd got to E or F. Can't remember which level ds stopped at. No regrets. :D


Sandunes, thanks for your contribution too... I didn't like the Chinese program either so I never signed DS up. I didn't think languages and math could be taught the same way.

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Re: Stop Kumon at Level G?

Postby sleepy » Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:11 pm

Chenonceau wrote:My son is at Level G of Kumon... He needs time for Chinese, his weakest subject... and he needs to practise those WEIRD problem sums that make me go cock-eyed. I'm wondering if I should take him outta Kumon.

If he had time, I would do everything but he doesn't so we need to focus. Can anyone advise whether Kumon is at all helpful in PSLE prep? Or is he better off doing problems that are more in line with PSLE paper? Please help. I am quite confused.

Thank you!


I don't think Kumon is in line with PSLE prep le. As you're probably well aware too - we talked about unitary method in another thread :lol:

I withdrawn my dd when she was done with level F. Kumon worksheets are pretty straight forward in my opinion. Enough foundation for her la, might as well spend her time on more mind blogging heuristic sums

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Re: Stop Kumon at Level G?

Postby Chenonceau » Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:19 pm

sleepy wrote:
Chenonceau wrote:My son is at Level G of Kumon... He needs time for Chinese, his weakest subject... and he needs to practise those WEIRD problem sums that make me go cock-eyed. I'm wondering if I should take him outta Kumon.

If he had time, I would do everything but he doesn't so we need to focus. Can anyone advise whether Kumon is at all helpful in PSLE prep? Or is he better off doing problems that are more in line with PSLE paper? Please help. I am quite confused.

Thank you!


I don't think Kumon is in line with PSLE prep le. As you're probably well aware too - we talked about unitary method in another thread :lol:

I withdrawn my dd when she was done with level F. Kumon worksheets are pretty straight forward in my opinion. Enough foundation for her la, might as well spend her time on more mind blogging heuristic sums


Ok... thank you!! I tried to tell hubby but he insists on Kumon. I just needed someone to confirm my hunch 'cos my math is not good. Thanks!!

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Postby Suz855 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:19 pm

Hi,

I SIL kids are still doing Kumon Maths & they are already in Secondary ... they like the challenge and they are the one requesting for it ... Her little boy whom took PSLE last yr scored A* in Maths and he picked up algebra from Kumon .... I guess there are some merits in every programme ... just sharing.

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Postby Chenonceau » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:19 am

Suz855 wrote:Hi,

I SIL kids are still doing Kumon Maths & they are already in Secondary ... they like the challenge and they are the one requesting for it ... Her little boy whom took PSLE last yr scored A* in Maths and he picked up algebra from Kumon .... I guess there are some merits in every programme ... just sharing.

:D


Thanks Suz855, thanks for your input. Yes... Levels G and H are algebra. After discussion with hubby, we've compromised. We will let him go up to H and then stop before the PSLE.

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Re: Kumon

Postby greentea2005 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:57 am

2.5 yrs old. they started with drawing and tracing...how to hold a pencil. I did not sit in the class (even the initial first few).

I enrolled them in maths. Quite impressed now on the way they do worksheet.

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Re: Kumon

Postby phtthp » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:59 pm

greentea2005 and greenbean2011, are you actually ... the same person ?

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Re:

Postby sleepy » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:32 pm

deardear07 wrote:
sleepy wrote:
soup wrote:Hi sleepy. May I know when you started your kid on Kumon?

And where have you put your kid in now? I also believe that studying in depth is important. :D


When she was 3yo.

Just started with Sakamoto. Attended only 1 lesson, can't comment yet :wink:


Kumon got classes for 3yr old?


Some centers only take in kids who are at least 4. Some centers do accept younger kids.

Started from lowest level 7A. Basically tracing exercises. On hindsight, it would be much 'cheaper' to buy some books to practice tracing at home :wink:

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Postby sleepy » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:49 pm

Rabbit02 wrote:To me, Math and Science are creative subjects so worksheet based learning is inappropriate and boring. It leads children to develop phobia in Math/Science. I have frens whose childen hates math after all these worksheets drilling. Math and Science are very related to our practical life. In fact, we can teach children math and science anywhere...in the supermarkets/swimming pool/park - get your child to add/subtract/multiply/divide etc while you are doing your grocery shopping/eating/playing/ etc. Science is about discovery, exploratory and hands on.....while in the kitchen...etc.... This way, your child learns better as it is done in a fun and enjoyable way......


My younger child witnessed her sister doing piles of kumon worksheets for years. She is totally resistant to the kumon way of learning. So I sent her to abacus instead. What she doesn't realise is, abacus has tonnes of sums to do too :lol:

Regardless of methods, whichever suits the child, as long as there is early exposure, child should do reasonable well in Maths

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Re: Kumon

Postby phtthp » Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:08 pm

hi sleepy, so yr 2 girls - one Kumon mtd, the other CMA mental maths mtd. Which one you think better, in the long run ? Are yr two girls in Primary school now ?

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