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Kumon Philippines celebrates 25 Years of Nurturing the Love for Learning

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Kumon was born out of a father’s love for his son. In fact, what started as a loving father’s idea of creating learning materials to help his son develop strong calculation skills has turned into a learning method that has helped pursue the potential of students around the world, especially in the Philippines.

 

 

In 1954, Mr. Toru Kumon developed the Kumon Program so that his son, Takeshi, could develop the needed skills and abilities to study mathematics with ease. From studying his son’s school materials, he found out that these materials progressed too quickly from one topic to the next. He decided to design his own materials to help his son develop strong calculation skills.

The success of the program was more than what he expected since Takeshi was able to solve problems in differential and integral calculus by sixth grade.

 

The first-ever Kumon Center was Mr. Toru Kumon’s home.

 

Considering Takeshi’s evident development and firm in his belief that what was possible for one child is possible for others, Mr. Toru Kumon set out to offer his learning method to as many children as possible – this has become known as the kindness movement. It was a mission he set out to pursue. This also started the growth of the Kumon Method in Japan as the Kumon Institute of Education was established in Osaka, Japan in 1958 with 300 students in 13 Centers.

Kumon reached the Philippines in 1982 as the need for a supplemental learning program that develops students’ academic skills and character increased. The first Kumon Center was opened and handled by a Japanese instructor. As the number of Centers started to increase, Kumon Philippines was formally established on August 15, 1996. Since then, the method has been growing in the country with three branch offices in Makati City, Quezon City, and Cebu City that supports more than 300 Centers and 45,000 students nationwide.

As the company celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021, Kumon Philippines is happy to share one of its first surprises for the year: The Online New Student Promo Triple Treat.

 

 

Enroll your child from January 21 to February 28, 2021 to avail of FREE registration fee worth P500 and a FREE Kumon Bag. If you start your Kumon study from January 21 to 27, 2021, you get up to one week FREE Kumon study. Take note that the additional free Kumon study will depend on your child’s first Center day. Contact the Kumon Center nearest you for more details: https://ph.kumonglobal.com/find-us/.

Follow its official Facebook Page to be updated on upcoming 25th anniversary surprises.

Is Remote Learning Getting to You? Help Your Children Develop Self-Learning!

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With most parents having to facilitate their children’s remote learning at home, it can get tedious and sometimes even ineffective—after all, everyone is still adjusting. But one way to make this beneficial for your children is to hone the skill of self-learning. So if you haven’t already started, here are five strategies you can try at home:

Identify learning goals

Is Remote Learning Getting to You? Help Your Children Develop Self-Learning!

Before your children jump to a new lesson, help them identify their learning goals from the beginning. With these things in mind, your children will know what they need to understand and pick up from their lessons.

Don’t forget to encourage them to reach these goals as they go about their lessons. Once they tick off one thing from the list, congratulate them so that they feel they accomplished something—and know that they are on the right track.

Go through an example with them

Is Remote Learning Getting to You? Help Your Children Develop Self-Learning!

Children, no matter how intelligent and self-learned, will need to learn through examples first. When your children come across a particular problem, walk through it with them so they can see and understand how to tackle it. Be patient until they can keep the steps in mind and do it on their own; be their training wheels.

Use real-life situations

Is Remote Learning Getting to You? Help Your Children Develop Self-Learning!

When you see that your children are getting the hang of a lesson, whether that’s addition or fractions, try to incorporate these into real situations you experience daily. At the end of the day, you can ask them how many minutes they spend before bed if they schedule 20 minutes of TV time and 5 minutes for getting ready for bed? Or, before cutting through a cake, ask how many pieces they would need to cut in order to feed the entire family for two days.

Encourage questions

Is Remote Learning Getting to You? Help Your Children Develop Self-Learning!

It should come as no surprise that your children are likely to ask questions beyond the coverage of their books and their teacher’s lesson plans. In these instances, do not brush them off, as doing so will discourage their inquisitive nature. Asking questions—no matter the subject and whom it is directed at—is proof that your children are aware that their lessons cover more than exams and activity sheets.

Provide them with the necessary tools

All these things said, as a parent, you need to provide your children with all the tools they’ll need to practice self-learning. This means having papers, pencils, and access to required study lessons ready and at hand. It also means providing more challenging problems once your children master what is required of them. Their learning, because of the additional material, never stops.

The limits of education will cease to exist once you encourage your children to self-learn. So, maximize remote learning and other learning opportunities to support their continuous learning journey.

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Kumon is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a supplemental learning program that develops the academic skills and character of students of all ages. You can celebrate with them by availing of The Online New Student Promo Triple Treat! Enroll your child from January 21 to February 28, 2021, to avail of Free registration fee worth Php500 and a Free Kumon Bag. Also, if you start your child’s Kumon study from January 21 to 27, 2021, you can get up to one week of Free Kumon study. Take note that the additional free Kumon study will depend on your child’s first Center day. Contact the nearest Kumon Center near you for more details: https://ph.kumonglobal/find-us/.

4 Ways To Guide Your Children Toward Self-Learning

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After almost a year of enforced quarantine restrictions, we are still unsure when it will be safe for children to go back to the traditional school setup. Fortunately, public and private institutions have helped make remote learning a possibility.Yet, while the new normal has made everyone more agile and flexible, there are still learning curves to overcome — with one being self-learning.Self-learning is when children grasp and understand concepts, put their lessons into practice to solve a problem, and retain information — all on their own. It is a skill they can use in school and in other activities.Here are a few key practices parents can do to help children develop and practice this skill on a daily basis.

Be present but don’t hover

Everyone needs a place to begin, and this is where you can be hands-on with your children. As they start on a new lesson or chapter in their book, don’t hesitate to be there with them through the first exercises to ensure they’re following the steps and can handle it on their own.

But when you see your kids getting the hang of it, let them proceed on their own. Avoid hovering or being a “helicopter parent.” Instead, encourage them to get their feet wet in the lessons.

Have open conversations about learning

Children are naturally inquisitive, so it’s important not to deter their innate curiosity and excitement. When they pick up a new lesson, let them talk about it openly without dismissing it because you’ve known the topic for years. Express your happiness and try to match their enthusiasm.

At the same time, let your kids come to you when they need help. If they’re having difficulty with a particular task, ask questions about the learning process as well as the material itself. Ask your children about what makes it hard and what they think they need in order to really understand the lesson. Sometimes, it’s as simple as reviewing earlier lessons or introducing a new way to approach things.

Ignite kids’ competitive side

If your children are the kind of students who are a little more competitive and react well to incentives, use this to their learning advantage.

Much like how schools do it, try to put a timer when they have a task to accomplish and provide them with a little reward when they’re successful. This will motivate them to focus and work on what’s required instead of getting distracted.

Establish a learning area

One particular difficulty that students are still continuing to overcome is distinguishing the difference between home life and study life. While the house and the school used to draw this line very distinctly, quarantine protocols make it difficult to be so literal.

Instead, have a designated area for study time. If space is an issue, have easy-to-move-around items that make this division possible — such as desks facing away from each other and from the television.

Given the uncertainty of returning to the traditional school setting, it is time to start providing children with a way to learn and develop skills that will help them in the long run. After all, the ability to self-learn will always come in handy in school and in their future endeavors.

Learning never stops — even in Kumon. As a supplementary learning program, Kumon has helped generations of students develop academic skills and character.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Kumon is offering the Online New Student Promo Triple Treat, which includes a free registration fee worth PHP500 and a free Kumon bag, when you register from January 21 to February 28, 2021. In addition, if your children start Kumon study from January 21 to 27, 2021, you can get up to one week of free Kumon study. Take note that the additional free Kumon study will depend on your children’s first Center day.

Contact the nearest Kumon Center near you for more details: https://ph.kumonglobal.com/find-us/

4 Ways to Encourage Learning at Home

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Being at home with your child gives you many opportunities to bond and discuss matters with him/her. It is also equally important to guide your child as he/she grows up, which means that you would have to take in the responsibility of understanding your child, and making yourself understood as a parent.

To be understood by your child, you first need to communicate with him/her effectively. If you can find the most effective way to communicate with your child, then guiding him/her towards the right path won’t be too difficult.

Guiding your child in his/her study is the same as reinforcing his/her learning at home. Here are four ways you can consider in guiding your child’s learning at home:

Listen to your child’s needs.

Be attentive to your child’s needs and give undivided attention. Show him/her that you are listening by nodding and smiling at specific points, or by affirming through your responses. Whenever your child honestly tells you the things he/she needs, do not interrupt. Instead, allow your child to explain while genuinely listening to him/her.

 

Acknowledge your child’s feelings.

Whenever your child shares his/her feelings on some matters, this is a good indicator that your child is openly expressive. Always consider his/her side before you share any reaction or advice. If your child experiences challenges in understanding lessons, the best way to respond is to acknowledge that his/her feelings are valid. Then, you can start working on the problem together.

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Offer help whenever you can.

As parents, you would always want to offer a helping hand to your child – no matter what the situation is. Keep in mind that it is also essential that your child develops a sense of ownership for his/her actions. You can offer assistance by planning together on specific steps he/she can take to reach a solution. This act shows your child that you are in it together and that his/her ideas matter.

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Reinforce positive praise.

Praise and acknowledge your child once he/she has achieved a goal. Consequently, reassure him/her that there is nothing wrong with making mistakes and that all efforts are always acknowledged. Being a parent with a heart of appreciation will encourage your child to emulate that same attitude as he/she grows up.

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Conquer Math Through Kumon!

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To enable children to self-study especially at home.

When our founder, Toru Kumon, created the worksheets, his goal was for children to study high school mathematics with ease, even in grade school. Thus, he included only those topics that were essential to achieve that objective.

 

This is why the Kumon Math Program doesn’t cover all the math topics your child is studying in school. Comparing Kumon with your child’s school textbooks, Kumon materials are lean and straight to the point; they don’t encompass a wide-ranging curriculum. This makes the Kumon worksheets flexible – your child can study the worksheets at home as the program does not require multiple activities aside from the worksheets alone.

But you’re probably wondering: if Kumon’s goal is for my child to self-study higher math with ease, why aren’t there too many word problems?

Only a few sheets contain word problems. Looking closely at the contents of the Kumon worksheets, most of these are leaning towards calculation problems. If your child struggles a lot in solving word problems, shouldn’t Kumon address this concern to ensure smoother progress in higher math?

To answer this question, let’s first solve this problem: 48% of the students are girls, and 260 students are boys. How many students are there in total?

Now imagine your child solving that question. Even if he/she can understand the logic to the problem, if your child doesn’t know how to solve for x in the equation (x) = 260, then neither will he/she be able to answer the question! If your child freezes at the sight of fractions or division, or if your child cringes at the mere thought of solving something, he/she won’t even try to answer the question above.

The number one reason your child may hate math so much is his/her weak calculation skills. However, if you boost his/her abilities and confidence when it comes to this area, your child will not struggle with math! Also, supporting your child as he/she does Kumon worksheets at home will help you understand why the Kumon Method of Learning is designed this way.

According to our founder, “Calculation is the breakthrough to math. If you master calculations…it will be a breakthrough to high school math where algebra is predominant. If primary students become good at fractions, equations…they will love math in high school.”

Tokuhiro Kimata, the author of The Value of the Kumon Method, understands why problems other than calculations appear in school curriculums. However, he firmly believes that it will be much more beneficial if your child has good command over calculation, which will be needed to solve more complex problems in higher math. The best part is, your child can quickly develop his/her calculation skills even by just doing his/her Kumon worksheets at home.

Thus, do not fret if the Kumon Math Program doesn’t mirror your child’s school curriculum or doesn’t feature too many word problems. Through continuous Kumon study, your child will be able to conquer his/her math subject—and gain the other benefits of Kumon, such as confidence, discipline, and a love for learning.

Reference: The Value of The Kumon Method by Tokuhiro Kimata

Providing Children with the Appropriate Books

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Reading has a lot of benefits for children. It increases their knowledge with the various events in society, boosts their reading ability and vocabulary, and allows them to experience the imagination’s wonder. Experts recommend that children start reading at an early age and that a wide range of books from various categories is made available. It is also advisable for parents to begin building their children’s mini library at home to get their children used to reading a wide variety of books.

One of the aims of the Kumon Reading Program is to encourage children to develop the habit of reading a variety of books so that they can continue learning throughout their lives. According to the late Kumon chairman, Mr. Toru Kumon, “if children are given books appropriate to their abilities, they will show an interest and start to read them.” With this, parents must provide their children with the needed guidance for them to come across a variety of authors, stories, and views. However, deciding which books are appropriate is a difficult and lengthy task considering the time and effort it takes.

Here are some tips on how you can develop criteria to assess just how appropriate certain books are:

  • Age

Consider the age of your child and the books that certain age groups usually chose. For example, babies and toddlers love board books and picture books, beginner readers like short stories with pictures, while grade school children generally choose short chapter books. Once you find the age-appropriate book for your child, you can sit with him/her and read the book aloud, especially if your child hasn’t developed his/her reading ability yet.

  • Ability

Be familiar with your child’s reading ability so that you will be able to check if the words used in the stories are appropriate for your child’s reading ability, and if the scenarios presented can be easily understood by your child. It is better to build your child’s reading ability by starting with easy or just-right books since starting with difficult books might put them off reading for good.

  • Interests

Ask your child what stories he/she prefers and consider books that capture his/her interests and educate him/her at the same time. Some prefer funny stories, while others love factual books. Some like interactive books that invite interaction like repeating rhymes and words, while some love books filled with illustrations.

  • Recommendations

Talk to other parents and teachers about books that they could recommend. Also, the Kumon Program has a Recommended Reading List, which you can acquire from your Kumon Instructor. This list consists of 377 titles from 298 authors. The books mentioned in the list are various award-winning literature and popular books that cover a wide range of topics from adventure, fantasy, science fiction, nature, and biographies.

Above all these, one thing must always be remembered: choose books you think your child will enjoy! Children who enjoy books are far more likely to keep reading and exploring various authors and genres. Please share with your child a simple rule regarding reading time at home: reading is fun!

Motivation to Love Reading

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With the age of technology and the rise of the use of gadgets, there are already a lot of activities that would put reading slightly further from one’s priority list. Kids these days would spend more time playing online games and interacting on social media than reading books. As parents, you know how valuable reading is, specifically developing a love for reading. Your child gains comprehension and reading ability and enhances his communication skills. He also gets a new outlet to relieve stress since reading helps reduce stress and promotes relaxation and learning.

So how can you motivate your child develop a love for reading? Here are three tips to help you and your child start the journey:

  1. Read and discuss.

Set an example, and read in order to encourage your child to do the same. You can try to set a certain time of the day or week just to spend time and read with him. Talk about the book you are reading and what you’ve learned from it, then see how he reacts. Seeing you enjoy what you are doing and actually doing what you are pushing him to do encourages him to give it a try. Once he starts to read regularly, you can start reading the same book and holding discussions about it. This allows your child the chance to share his views and to learn from you. It also leads him to make reading a daily and fun habit.

  1. Choose and recommend.

Not having reading as a daily habit makes it hard for your child to know which books to read. You can start by letting him choose which ones he finds most interesting. Getting a book that he really wants to read will help boost his curiosity and reading ability since he is reading something he wants to read. After a few months, you can try searching for the most recommended book lists and encourage him to try reading these books. By this time, he will have already developed an interest in other genres and in well-written books.

  1. Explore genres.

It is said that children who read different genres of books develop their thinking skills, and improve their vocabulary. Aside from these, they broaden their worldview, while boosting their self-esteem. Your child gains more inspiration when they read stories with new and unpredictable plots. The more you expose your child with various books, the more they appreciate the value and worth of reading, which could also be the first step to him creating his own library.

What You Get From Math

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From then until now, it is still a fact that a lot of people often say that being good at math equates to a lot of opportunities. If you remember how your classmates were achievers because they are considered as “math wizards,” you have probably experienced being pushed by your parents to be as good as them. You may not have understood what the advantages were back then when you were a child; but now as a parent yourself, you often say the same thing to your child these days.

What is it that a child gains from being good with numbers? Here are four basic benefits he can acquire:

  • Analytical skill and attitude

From solving problems of basic operations to problems with limits, your child learns to look at the problem in parts and as a whole. He learns to pay attention to every detail and assumption possible, and to break down one big complicated problem into a series of easier steps. He also develops the thinking of making sure that all results are accurate. This is a skill that your child will be able to apply in other subjects in school as well – like science and history.


  • Openness to challenges

Math problems are not easy – some seem difficult and impossible. With a high level of math ability and analytical skill, your child learns how to solve even the most challenging problems. He may also apply this skill to other types of challenges he may encounter in life. Your child develops self-confidence and endurance to overcome challenges until the end – no matter what they are and what the end result may be.


  • Work ethic

There is a go-getter type of mentality that your child develops. He knows what his responsibilities are and is particular in making being on time with deadlines. He does not make excuses for any shortcomings and he has a sense of accountability. Your child does not give up easily because he knows that every problem has a solution – and that he can get to it with effort and hard work.


  • Careers and opportunities

All college entrance tests put a big focus on math – with problems ranging from the most simple to the most complicated. Also, the most in demand careers require mastery and knowledge in math. All the above mentioned skills and attitude are highly valued by renowned companies. Analytical ability in math signals that your child is capable of analysis and deduction in other fields of study. Be it an engineer, architect, broker or lawyer – math and what math has to offer comes in handy.

 

Why You Read to Your Child

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One great piece of advice that all parents can attest to is that you should read to your children especially when they are young. This is often shared and emphasized in books, seminars, and through word of mouth. But when you agree and start to read to your children, are you familiar with the specific advantages they can gain? Do you know just what it is you are developing in them?

To give you a better idea of the power of reading, here are five benefits that highlight the importance of reading to young children.

 

  • Basic speech and reading skills. At the preschool age, your child is at his prime for learning. He is very eager to explore his surroundings and absorb information. He jumps at the thought of seeing what words look like, learning how to say them, and hearing what they sound like. Reading to your child allows him to mimic you and to learn from your example, specifically by letting him say the word right after you read it. It also gives him the chance to experience how to read a book – how the words are separate from the images and how to read from left to right.

 

 

  • Better communication skills. Stories and books, especially those suited for young children, are composed of numerous conversations and interactions between characters. By reading this and by regularly interacting with you during reading time, your child gets a better grasp of what happens when people communicate. He gets to expand his vocabulary which leads him to better express himself – be it through speaking or writing. Your child is also able to relate to more people since he is exposed to different topics and cultures through the varied stories he reads.

 

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  • More logical thinking skills. Each book or reading material your child reads consists of a message that needs to be uncovered. With this, your child thinks and makes use of logic to figure out what is happening and to make sense of the message. He develops the ability to grasp abstract concepts, to discover patterns, and to recognize cause and effect. At a young age and with your help, your child can begin to relate scenarios in books to what is happening in the real world. Engaging him in conversations that relate to the book can also help.

 

 

  • Enhanced concentration and discipline. Reading requires your child to stay in one place and to devote time, effort, and focus on one activity for a period of time. With him being very energetic and playful at a young age, reading allows your child to develop concentration and discipline. He may squirm and be distracted at the start, but he will eventually learn to stay put – especially when he read books that interest him. Your child also develops longer attention span and better memory retention since he is engaged in an activity that simulates his brain.
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  • Academic excellence. Studies suggest that exposing your child to reading at a young age gives him a higher aptitude for learning. More often than not, he will not only excel in reading and English, but also in history, math, and science. This is because the ability to read and comprehend is a basic skill that is used in all subjects. Your child will need to comprehend a math problem before thinking of how to solve it. He will also need to read through what happened in history to understand its effect at present.

Indeed, reading has the power to benefit young children in a number of ways. As parents, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to build a solid and good foundation for his journey to academic excellence and success.

 

The Power of Praise

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Actions speak louder than words. But according to child psychologists, children—especially the younger ones—need great doses of verbal praise to be reminded that they are appreciated and loved.

Praising our children shows that we are pleased with their efforts, not just their accomplishments. As we affirm them for their good work, we let them feel a sense of pride, joy, and confidence. Sincere praise from parents reinforce good behavior because they encourage children to keep doing their best.

In Kumon, we recognize the power of praise, and as with any form of power, we would like to harness this one with care.

There is an art to giving praise. Although praises empower children, insincere compliments do the opposite. We don’t want to mislead children with empty and vague compliments. Here, then, are some tips on how we can go beyond ‘Very Good!’ and ‘Excellent!’

  • Be specific with your praise. ‘Good boy!’ or ‘That’s nice!’ are non-descriptive praise and are therefore ineffective. Such words do not describe the child’s behavior or the action done. Why are we commending him? Are we happy because he didn’t leave his toys after playing or because he shared his toys with his siblings? Give specific praise such as, “That was very thoughtful of you to share your sandwich with your sister.”

 

 

  • Give appropriate praise. It is important to praise him for his behavior as it occurs and when the behavior is appropriate. An excellent artwork on his uniform, for example, should not be commended no matter how well he drew it because doing so encourages the child’s inappropriate behavior

 

 

  • Be enthusiastic. If we look stern or bored when offering praise, the child may not be happy and convinced about it. The secret to effective praising is doing it with eye contact, sincere smile, and genuine, specific remarks.

 

 

  • Avoid the ‘sting in the tail.’ This refers to praise that ends with criticism which wipes up the initial positive comments. Try not to say, “Good job for cleaning your play area – sadly you don’t do it every day.” Don’t give positive and negative remarks simultaneously.

 

 

The next time we see our child doing something remarkably good, go ahead, and shower him with the right praise. Such appreciation will develop his confidence – confidence that will surely make him shine.

 

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