FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many times a week do students attend class at KUMON?
2. Is my child the right age for KUMON?
3. What is “Mastery” and why is it so important?
4. Why is independent learning important for my child?
5. Why is daily practice in KUMON needed?
6. Why are some school topics not covered in KUMON?
7. How long will it take for my child to catch up to school level?
8. Why is my child starting at such an easy level?
9. Why does progress sometimes seem slow in KUMON?
10. Why do assignments need to be timed?
11. Now that my child has caught up with school, why should we stay with KUMON?
12. Can I change the order of the KUMON worksheets?
13. How can I help my child stay motivated?
14. What is home grading?
15. Can we take a break from KUMON?

1. How many times a week do students attend class at Kumon?

Students attend two – 30 minute classroom sessions per subject per week. If students are enrolled in two subjects, then each classroom session will take about one hour. Please contact the Instructor if schedule changes are needed.
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2. Is my child the right age for KUMON?

Whether or not KUMON is right for your child depends on each child’s learning ability. Each student will be doing focused work for at least 15 – 30 minutes at a time. There have been KUMON students as young as 3 1/2 years old, as well as high school and college level students, who enroll in the program. Mature students include those who are ESL and enroll in the Reading program or students who are preparing for standardized tests that require math skills and enrol in the Math program.
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3. What is “Mastery” and why is it so important?

In KUMON, mastery is defined by speed and accuracy. When students are able to complete with confidence, a set of assignments with good accuracy and within the recommended time, they have achieved mastery of that set. Mastery of the material means they have the skills and confidence needed to go on to more advanced work.
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4. Why is independent learning important for my child?

Independent learners are self-motivated. The KUMON worksheets introduce concepts in a gradual way allowing students to the work without help. Through independent learning, KUMON students develop confidence in figuring things out on their own – even when the work is more challenging. This self-motivation to succeed develops the study habits and focus needed for high school work and beyond.
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5. Why is daily practice in KUMON needed?

Daily practice equals success with KUMON. The daily work is not meant to place a big burden on the student. Only 15 – 30 minutes is required per subject each day. Just like it takes a little practice every day to develop piano, language, or soccer skills, Kumon is most effective when work is done each and every day.
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6. Why are some school topics not covered in KUMON?

KUMON helps to build a strong foundation of core skills for studying math, reading and other topics beyond KUMON. In KUMON Math, the initial focus is on computation skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) because these are the building blocks all the way to calculus. KUMON Reading focuses on comprehension skills which pave the road for good grammar, writing skills and critical reasoning ability.
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7. How long will it take for my child to catch up to school level?

KUMON allows each child to progress at their own individual pace. The goal of the program is not to learn quickly, but to learn well. The progress that each student makes depends on their hard work and perseverance. Advancing to the next level happens when the child is ready for it. This makes the program different from the typical school curriculum where students advance as a group. KUMON is not a “quick fix”, but a program that produces long-term benefits. Progress is often noticeable within the first year of KUMON study. This is why we ask for a one-year minimum commitment.
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8. Why is my child starting at such an easy level?

We call the first level of KUMON study the “comfortable starting point”. Here are the benefits of starting at the student’s most confident level:
1. It’s a rock-solid starting point. KUMON’s comfortable starting point starts at a level before any learning gaps or mistakes have crept in.
2. It sets a daily KUMON routine. Getting the student to complete the work is much easier if they have developed a daily study routine. In the beginning, we want KUMON to be enjoyable and relatively easy. This will allow the student to develop a daily study routine before the work becomes more challenging.
3. It develops self-discipline. An easy start gives the student time to build the study habits they will need throughout the program. Students learn how to solve problems independently by following directions and examples. They also learn how to find and fix their mistakes.
4. It develops confidence. From the first set of work, KUMON students gain self-esteem in doing work at a level that ensures success. This prepares students to tackle more challenging work.
5. It develops mental calculation skills. Most students new to KUMON have never been asked to do mental calculation. In school, they are often taught to write out borrowed and carried numbers. Some rely too early on calculators. KUMON guides the student to calculate mentally in an accurate and automatic process.
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9. Why does progress sometimes seem slow in KUMON?

Parents may sometimes feel concerned about the amount of repetition given. The instructor ensures that the material assigned is at just the right pace and amount for your child to advance through the program with confidence. Each day that your child does KUMON they are building their math or reading skills. This happens whether they are working ahead of grade level or still catching up.

The more practice the student gets in applying skills learned in math and reading, the stronger these skills are retained in their long-term memory. We want students to have enough practice until they feel completely confident that they are ready to advance to the next challenge.
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10. Why do assignments need to be timed?

For your child is to retain concepts permanently, these concepts should be second nature. KUMON developed the SCT (standard completion time) as one of the factors to assess whether the student has mastered the material. We do not want students to rush through their work. Students are able to meet the SCT naturally as they grow more comfortable with the material. If a student is taking longer than the SCT, it simply means that the answers are not coming easily enough yet. The longer time tells us they need more practice. Once a student is able to meet the SCT with high accuracy, they are ready to advance.
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11. Now that my child has caught up with school, why should we stay with KUMON?

Many students stay enrolled in KUMON even after they catch up and exceed their own grade level. We encourage students to complete the program – Level O in math and Level L in reading. KUMON is not meant to be a “quick fix”, but an ongoing process that requires daily practice, disciplined study habits, and continually learning new skills and concepts. Students who remain in the program learn life values such as perseverance, independence, and goal attainment.
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12. Can I change the order of the KUMON worksheets?

Every part of the KUMON curriculum, from single worksheets to each entire level, is a logical and gradual progression of concepts. Multiplication is followed by division, sentence building is followed by paragraph building, and so on. The student must fully understand each concept before moving to the next level. This step-by-step process allows students to succeed on their own.

KUMON is designed to supplement, not mirror, your child’s schooling. In school, students are often introduced to various topics that appear and reappear before being addressed in their full depth. KUMON introduces topics in sequence so that students can master each topic before moving on to the next one. This gives the student a thorough understanding of concepts which will help them when these concepts are covered in school.
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13. How can I help my child stay motivated?

Stay committed yourself. Your commitment to KUMON study is crucial for your child’s success in the program. Regular centre attendance and daily KUMON study time at home will help your child stay the course.

Praise them! Students who persevere with the daily study of KUMON will experience success. This gives parents and other family members an opportunity to praise them for their effort and achievement.

Achievement Awards. Our Centre has a reward system based on students’ effort. We have an awards ceremony once a year to celebrate our students’ achievements. Some award categories include:
• Kumon Program Completion award (Level “O” for Math and “L” for Reading)
• Top students by subject by grade
• C by 1 (students who reach Level “C” at Grade 1)
• G by 4 (students who reach Level “G” at Grade 4)
• J by 6 (students who reach Level “J” at Grade 6)
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14. What is home grading?

Home grading is an option for every family. Answer books can be borrowed for all math and reading levels. Home grading helps your child learn immediately from their mistakes. Because they can see where they made errors, they can correct and learn from their mistakes without waiting until the next centre day. Home grading often helps parents monitor their child’s progress.
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15. Can we take a break from KUMON?

KUMON is daily exercise for your child’s brain. Every day they are building and strengthening skills through KUMON study. Taking breaks in your child’s KUMON study can make it harder to maintain their daily routine and steady advancement. Of course, we can adjust your child’s work when life gets busy. Cutting back on the amount of work, but not cutting out the work completely, can make KUMON fit more easily into changing schedules.

A student is considered “discontinued” from the program after more than one month of absence per year without completing homework.
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