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Layla: Lifting Off With Literature
Like all students in Year 3, Layla sat her first NAPLAN test this year. While big exams can be cause for apprehension, her mother Sam was quietly confident that Layla would do well – she is reading two years above her grade level after all.
Sam enrolled Layla in Kumon two years ago in order to help improve her daughter’s vision. ‘Layla was vision impaired so doing enough reading will exercise her eyes,’ she shared.
Since starting Kumon, Sam has seen Layla progress greatly. ‘At school, she has gone from having a teacher’s aide in Year 2 to being competitive in Year 3. Her reading has become very advanced. Her spelling has improved. She can spell Year 6 words that her brother is spelling.’
‘I like spelling,’ said Layla. ‘I like spelling the word ‘extraordinary’. Kumon helps me a lot.’ In 2015, the Australian Institute of Family Studies published new research linking early reading in children to higher NAPLAN scores in both literacy and numeracy. The study found that children who were read to every day and who had more than 30 children’s books at home received NAPLAN results that ranked them four months ahead of their cohort.
‘My favourite book is Matilda – she is an extraordinary genius,’ said Layla. ‘I love Roald Dahl books. Another favourite is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I also like the Hey Jack series and the Billy B books. I’ve got the whole collection!’
‘She was always willing to learn and asking questions so I needed something to stimulate her brain’ said Sam. ‘Through Kumon, her love of English has really blossomed. I’ve been told she is doing Year 5 English when she is in Year 3. She is able to think outside the box. Her thinking is way ahead.’
Layla is also a keen writer. ‘I was chosen for public speaking recently. I needed to choose a topic and give the speech in front of parents and other people. There were 500 people at the speech. My speech was about the meaning of Australia Day. I was very proud,' she shared.
A keen interest in reading, writing and public speaking will no doubt serve Layla well in her goals for the future. ‘My goal is to finish Kumon and study law. I want to help people who are in trouble.’ Since starting Kumon, Sam has seen Layla develop more than just reading skills.
‘I noticed Layla was going around helping her classmates at school. This year she has developed into a confident girl. She finds Kumon exciting every time she gets to a new level. She wants to continue until she finishes the programme and I’ll be there when she does.’
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