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A DIFFERENT KIND OF AFTER-SCHOOL LEARNING PROGRAM Not a tutoring program n n Kumon study is self-directed, and proceeds at each student’s own pace n.

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3 A DIFFERENT KIND OF AFTER-SCHOOL LEARNING PROGRAM Not a tutoring program n n Kumon study is self-directed, and proceeds at each student’s own pace n n Students don’t learn from textbooks, but with ability-matched Kumon Worksheets n n Kumon Instructors don’t lecture or tutor — they guide and motivate Exclusive focus on math and reading n n The two most important subjects in school n n The foundation for future academic success Emphasis on helping students first master the basics — the fundamental building blocks of math and reading — from preschool up to college.

4 Equally effective as a remedial or enrichment program n n Helps remedial students recover missing skills n n Helps students advance beyond current school grade (advanced study) n n Helps all students reach their full potential and remain challenged A unique, individualized method that fosters solid study habits, learning skills, and confidence A DIFFERENT KIND OF AFTER-SCHOOL LEARNING PROGRAM

5 Focused on the development of “the whole child” n n Fosters valuable character traits that serve the child in every facet of life – Self-confidence – Initiative – Perseverance/patience – Goal-setting A DIFFERENT KIND OF AFTER-SCHOOL LEARNING PROGRAM

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7 We believe that children learn best when: n n The material corresponds exactly to their current ability and they can complete it successfully n n Their progress is determined solely by their performance, rather than by age or school grade n n They are actively involved in setting goals, evaluating their own progress, and understanding what they are studying WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY CHILD IS CAPABLE OF REACHING HIS OR HER FULL POTENTIAL

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9 THE KUMON METHOD Comfortable Starting Point n n An individual placement test pinpoints the level at which each child can complete work quickly and accurately n n Based on ability, not age…which may sometimes be below a parent’s expectations Why? – Gives the student a boost of confidence by experiencing success immediately – Polishes basic skills by increasing speed and accuracy – Helps student establish a daily study routine using work that is manageable – Facilitates “self-motivated learning”

10 Comfortable Starting Point Determined by Placement Test THE KUMON METHOD STUDENT A n Starts at a level where he/she can solve 100% of problems in a given time n Moves forward, filling in any skill gaps n Builds confidence by succeeding immediately n Builds a solid foundation by mastering work before moving on STUDENT B n Starts with work that he/she has not mastered n Has no opportunity to fill in skill gaps n Continues to struggle in problem areas n Becomes discouraged and demotivated Above School Level School Level Below School Level

11 THE KUMON METHOD “Practice Makes Perfect” n n Students practice math and reading daily — just as they would a musical instrument or athletic skill n n Repetition of basic skills is critical to success n n Students learn and advance in small, manageable steps n n Each assignment has a specific time/accuracy target n n Only when students master a concept — in both speed and accuracy — do they move on to the next n n Through gradual advancement, students attain and then surpass their school grade

12 Self-Motivated Learning n n Students learn better when they are active learners, rather than being passive learners n n Kumon students learn by doing Kumon Worksheets…not studying textbooks They learn each new concept by studying a sample exercise, then they immediately try it: Learning by doing n n Kumon students are actively involved in setting goals, evaluating their own progress, and determining what they have to do to move forward THE KUMON METHOD

13 Self-Motivated Learning n n Kumon Instructors aren’t lecturers or tutors – They guide, instruct, and motivate as students progress through the Kumon curriculum – They work with students to develop and monitor expectations, goals, and progress n n Kumon students develop self-reliance and self-motivation as a result THE KUMON METHOD

14 n n Students complete Kumon Worksheets daily at home, and visit a Kumon Center once or twice a week n n Worksheets introduce new concepts with an example problem and explanation n n Students then solve several problems modeled closely on the example n n Students quickly gain confidence working with new concepts n n Successive Worksheet problems gradually become more challenging (less like the original example), encouraging students to apply what they’ve learned THE KUMON CURRICULUM

15 Goal: Advanced Study n n Kumon strives to advance every student beyond their current school grade – Advanced students challenge themselves with materials beyond their school grade – Advanced study gives students tremendous advantages in school n n Kumon’s objective: Make high school study easier and more productive THE KUMON METHOD

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17 As a Kumon Student, your child will… n n Visit the Kumon Center one or two times each week – Bring completed Kumon homework to be assessed and recorded – Complete assignments for approximately minutes per subject with total concentration – Correct any mistakes, receive guidance from your Kumon Instructor, Sue McLean, and review goals – Have scores recorded and progress monitored – Collect new homework assignments n n Practice at home with Kumon Worksheets for about minutes on all other days THE KUMON METHOD

18 As a Kumon Parent, we encourage you to… n n Help your child establish good study habits by supporting and enforcing a daily “Kumon time” n n Get involved and help motivate your child by participating in home grading of his or her Kumon Worksheets n n Work in close partnership with your Kumon Instructor to monitor and evaluate your child’s progress n n Praise and encourage your child regularly THE KUMON EXPERIENCE

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20 n n Thoroughly screened and trained by Kumon North America n n Engaged in ongoing training through workshops, seminars, and conferences n n Responsible for instruction, planning and assessing the work and goal setting for each and every student n n Works with a trained staff of assistants n n Always available (preferably not during busy times at class) to answer questions and discuss your child’s progress YOUR KUMON-CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR: SUE MCLEAN

21 n n The founder, Mr. Toru Kumon, was a high school math teacher who wanted to help his own children improve their math skills n n Kumon Institute of Education, founded in Japan in 1958 n n Kumon North America, established in 1983 n n Now the world’s largest and most established supplemental education company, helping almost 4 million students in 43 countries worldwide KUMON HERITAGE Mr. Toru Kumon, Founder of Kumon

22 n n Placement Testing (complimentary) n n Enrollment Fee $380 per subject covers all fees for the first three months n n Monthly Tuition $110 per subject ENROLLING IN KUMON

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