Student Testimonials Vol. 4
Learning by Reading
"The life skills that I learned in Kumon made me win."
- 3 years old (Pre-school)
According to my parents, they enrolled me in Kumon because of one thing: “to learn to read.”
I didn’t really care about this learn-to-read-thing they were saying back then. I just looked forward to the happy moments (a.k.a. playtime). I remember mingling with the nice little kids inside the center while waiting for my dad to fetch me. I didn’t even know the meaning of low starting point at that time. All I knew was that Kumon was fun and easy. Still, I would always wait for the activities that bring more excitement than the worksheets (e.g. computer time, Nickelodeon break, new addition to my Pokemon collection and of course, ice cream day!)
When the worksheets got harder, I was forced to act like a grown-up. But despite the hardships, the rewards were amazing. My handwriting developed and improved satisfactorily even without school. I was also able to enjoy the world of books at an early age. It’s a rewarding world. I’ve been a resident of Longbourn in Hertfordshire, hunted the giant marlin in the sea with Santiago, fought alongside Hamlet, and sailed in a raft with Huck and Jim.
Doing the last two levels of the Reading Program, I realized that life is not a bed of roses. I would always spend half of my Kumon time whining and begging my parents to let me quit when faced with difficulties. My mom would just say, “No problem. Teacher Monette is just a text away. Let me know if you’ve made up your mind.” Behind the cool, calm, and collected mom lies a crying heart. I would always feel guilty about complaining every time she says these familiar lines and would just go back to my worksheets.
After three years of battling Kumon, the difficulties finally surrendered to my discipline, determination, patience, and perseverance. These life skills that I learned in Kumon made me win. One of the best things about completing the Reading Program is having more time to do my Math worksheets which motivated me to finish the program aside from the fear of getting F’s in class. I’m glad that there’s Kumon and I’m happy that my parents didn’t let me quit. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to share this experience.
Now I know why my mom and dad enrolled me in Kumon. It’s because of another thing, and that is “to learn by reading.”
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