I’ve been reading a lot of great feedbacks about Kumon. I like the idea of my daughter being good in Math, let’s be honest, I left everything I learned about college Math in college lol. I only deal with the basic computing these days.
To be honest, I wanted to enrol Una to Kumon when she was 3 years old but I noticed that she’s good with counting numbers and I don’t think she need to be pressured to know how to do arithmetic at that age. I love reading and I would also like my daughter to learn and enjoy it too so we decided to enroll her to Kumon Reading instead. But money was tight that time and paying for a special learning program was not one of our priorities then.
Come 2014, we enrolled her in a semi-private early learning school and we feel that it just the right age for her to start school. She’s over her makulit phase and likes to interact with other kids. Early September, we saw a sign about a two-week trial in Kumon and we immediately grabbed the opportunity, to see if it’s still the right program for Una. We’re lucky to find one that is accessible to us. After attending the parent orientation and taking the diagnostic test for Una, the instructor accessed her ability in reading.
She started with Zone II of the writing exercises and level 7A for the Reading. 7A is the very beginning of the reading program.
Enjoyable “look, listen and repeat” exercises and colorful illustrations help pre-readers develop phonemic awareness of the beginning sounds of words, build a sight word vocabulary, and make the connection between spoken and written language.*
The two-week trial, to say the least, is a mess. There are so many kids trying out and Una gets distracted with her seat-mates. She cannot focus on her worksheets because her seat-mate is chatting up with her. I was having second thoughts during the trial period but I really want Una to get be prepared in reading because with the new K-12 program, she should be in Grade 1 on SY-2015. We were informed that Kumon is not a quick fix solution and that we really have to invest time and money if we want Una to at least be on the right reading level, if not excel.
When we told Ms. A, the Kumon head instructor in our centre, our intent to enrol Una for October, she gave us a timeline on what to expect based on the reading curriculum. In a way, it’s a good thing that we went through the trial, it saved us two weeks worth of tuition haha!
7A is really easy because she’s already familiar in most of the illustrations shown in the worksheets. She also learned a lot of new words. I like that Una doesn’t feel pressured in doing her worksheets even if it’s a daily activity. She’s become more disciplined and as Ms. A said, she’s very independent for her age. And I’m not saying just because she’s my daughter ha. I think the best part of doing the worksheets is that it gives them confidence when they recognize the illustration. And they get good work stamps whenever they finish their worksheets in the centre. It makes Una proud of herself and in return she gets lots of hugs and kisses from us, and maybe a treat to the mall afterwards or a toy after each level.* Taken from the Kumon Table of Learning Materials