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Re: Kumon - Discussion

Postby Blokus » Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:54 pm

cheese84 wrote:Hi All,
I am new here and would like to have some feedbacks from you all.
Currently my 4 year old boy is doing 3 now, addition.

All along his focus skills is not good, but I still manage to make him finish his homework everyday (But in centre he is relactant to do) and last week, the teacher in charge suddently came out of the centre.

She told me sorry if I would like to withdraw my boy out of the centre which was not in my mind. Probably my boy was really very in-cooperative and reluctant but as a working mum, I did my best by preserving, doing a 10 mins homework with him everyday after a hectic working hours. Now, this main branch teacher lost faith with him? He barely join during march 14 and I am very disappointed with this teacher as there was an incidence I saw, wanted to reject another boy with a very invalid reason I've seen so far ( thank god this boy is still in centre then)

Teacher mention that he do not have the attitude.

Before I enroll to kumon. She is the one that says we have to be persistent when teaching them kumon method. Yesterday, she rejected my boy. She say she have already tried many methods but didn't work out.

I actually talk to a teacher and she suggested me to talk to the management. Before that, I asked her to give him more time as he is only 4 years old and barely in the centre for a year. I believed different kids have their different time to settle down and not that he is not progressing well.

Perhaps a week for two lesson could not let my boy settle down in such a classroom style and I seek help from the teacher and give her suggestion for cutting down the pages in centre and giving more work at home so that he like to go to centre better. I am finding many ways to make this boy have more positive attitude but I do not know why teacher give up a student so easily?

Am I asking too much or?

I actually wrote to the management and the chief manager met me for some explanation and this teacher, tell me she want to take back the words she said to me.

She is worry that he will be stuck at level 3 for long ( he only left two worksheets) and might not able to go through next step due to his behaviour and attitude when he did his HW in the centre...

What should I do?


I don't understand why you want to presist on in Kumon. They sound like they have ridiculous expectations of a mere 4 year old? Obviously there's a misfit between Kumon and your child. Find another center that has more patience and teaching method that suits your child. Don't bother to ding-dong with the Kumon teachers and management; such a waste of time.

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Re: Kumon - Discussion

Postby cheese84 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:57 am

Thank you for the input.
I will change and stop my boy from here.

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Re: Kumon - Discussion

Postby kikichan » Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:40 am

Perhaps you can try Maths monkey for your 4 year old. More fun and game based learning. They have a free trial.

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Re: No clear criteria for progressing in Kumon

Postby alng » Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:48 am

totorosy wrote:My friend just told me she's pulling her kid out from Kumon math because she thinks it's a waste of time. They are making her son repeat the same worksheets over and over with no clear criteria why he is repeating them. Apparently, the boy is able to complete the worksheets independently at home and at the centre, yet he is being asked to repeat the worksheets week after week. Obviously, they will see improvement in his speed but how fast is fast enough? How many mistakes is acceptable? The teacher is not able to give a satisfactory answer. I'm now having doubts whether I should enroll my kid as well. Any parents share the same thoughts? I browsed through their website but I could not really get any answers.


My two kids have gone through two different Kumon centres. My DD1 went through the first centre before giving up at P3 while the DS2 went through the first and then I transferred him to a second centre.

While at the first centre, I also saw meaningless repeated worksheets over and over again. This was probably one of the reasons my DD1 gave up.

But my perspectives change when I transferred my DS2 to the second centre two years. For each worksheet, he would do for two times, or at most three times if too difficult. One time is always the class work. So I no longer see the repeated worksheets. My P3 DS2 is completing Maths level H soon. The questions are tougher but I only see the same worksheets 2-3 times at most (1 time is class work).

I guess the practice at each Kumon centre is not standardised. My DS2 gets 2-page or 3-page worksheets daily instead of the standard 5-page worksheets during normal school days. He will get the 5-page during school holidays.

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Re: Kumon - Discussion

Postby alng » Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:52 am

Kumon instills self discipline and self learning skills. I personally think it is not quite suitable for 4-year-old children unless they show a very strong likes for the subject and likes to sit down to do worksheets.

But I really like the self discipline and self-learning skills Kumon is instilling.

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Re: Kumon - Discussion

Postby Mama_ambitious » Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:07 am

hihi,

i am having kumon worksheets to sell for maths...basically from beginng level to 100 number.

kindly pm me for more details...

good for parenta who want to start early but unable to do so...:-)

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Re: Kumon - Discussion

Postby shinystar » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:14 pm

Hi

Anyone has kid that is currently doing kumon math and in level G? Is it necessary to complete the whole math programme and care to share how your kid cope with the difficult math problems?? thks

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Re: Kumon - Discussion

Postby alng » Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:45 am

shinystar wrote:Hi

Anyone has kid that is currently doing kumon math and in level G? Is it necessary to complete the whole math programme and care to share how your kid cope with the difficult math problems?? thks


Hi, my boy is at level I now. Of course it is not necessary to complete the whole math program, especially when the child is no longer motivated to do the daily worksheets.

When my son could not do the questions, he asks my husband or my elder girl at times and when they cannot handle his questions, he will ask his instructors at kumon. My son is currently finding his Kumon Maths worksheets very tough, taking very long time to complete the worksheets but he still wants to complete the whole program.

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Re: Kumon - Discussion

Postby shinystar » Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:59 pm

Hi alng
Thks for your reply. .btw do u think ur son improve n benefit from kumon math as always heard pple saying that kumon is not following school moe syllabus leh and their teaching is much faster and higher than the kid current level do u think that is no good for the kid and each level is getting more and more difficult to do kid? Thks

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Re: Kumon - Discussion

Postby alng » Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:37 pm

shinystar wrote:Hi alng
Thks for your reply. .btw do u think ur son improve n benefit from kumon math as always heard pple saying that kumon is not following school moe syllabus leh and their teaching is much faster and higher than the kid current level do u think that is no good for the kid and each level is getting more and more difficult to do kid? Thks


Kumon Math is only on arithematic and it does not focus on problem sums. Primary school Math education focuses a lot on problem sums (ie using Maths to develop problem solving skills). My son is in P4 this year. I will know soon if he finds fractions and decision easier this year. I am also teaching him to use algerbra to solve the problem sums.

While Kumon Math may not benefit the primary school Math, I think it will benefit the secondary school Math. But I am going for the intrinsic benefits especially self-learning skill. MOE is adopting flipped classroom teaching method and many good sec schools are using such method now. Self- learning skill is very important.

How old is your child?

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