Did you know that, over an extended school holiday, most children lose the equivalent of two months of grade-level math skills, and some lose more than two months in reading achievement?
That was the finding of a respected study by John Hopkins University in 2010.
How to prevent your child from falling behind while on school break? Give him or her ample opportunities to learn and practice essential skills, the researchers found.
Enter the Kumon Method!
Find out how studying with Kumon – the world’s largest leading enrichment provider – can bring about a variety of benefits during school holidays, regardless of your child’s age or ability.
There’s no question: School holidays are a great time for children to take a break from school. However, a break from school doesn’t have to be a break from Kumon.
Continuing Kumon study supports and reinforces the development of study skills and habits during school holidays, when children have more unstructured time and less thinking to do.
About 50 years ago, the Kumon Method was started in Japan by Toru Kumon, a teacher and father who wanted to help his own young son, Takeshi, who was struggling in mathematics.
Back then, Toru hand-wrote bespoke worksheets for Takeshi and his peers. Today, Kumon worksheets are specially designed to enable children to advance smoothly through learning levels, while encouraging their confidence and independence.
Subjects range from math to English, Mandarin, Japanese and more.
The beauty of Kumon lies in that it is individualised for each child and adjustments can be made to maintain progress for every child.
Each Kumon student begins at a level – regardless of his or her age or grade in school – where he or she can easily obtain a perfect score of 100 on each subsequent worksheet.
When studying at this “just-right” level, students are able to problem-solve and complete the worksheets by themselves.
Though Kumon caters to children from 3 years to 16 years, learning over the school holidays is particularly beneficial for those in Primary 1 to 3.
And, Kumon’s enrichment programme has been shown by various studies to be the most effective type. Namely, because:
- Programmes intended to provide individualised instruction are more effective.
- Smaller class sizes allow individualised learning and differentiated instruction.
- Content aligned with students’ prior grade can help them brush up on concepts they may still need help with, or preview concepts as a head start.
- Programmes that include parental involvement are often associated with more positive achievement effects.
Want to try out Kumon? There are more than 80 Kumon Learning Centres in Singapore, ensuring there’s a convenient location for you. Simply visit the website below and leave your contact details.
Then, over the next school holiday, your child will be able to enjoy his or her time off without sacrificing those well-earned study skills and learning habits. Speak to his or her Kumon Instructor to learn how to keep this momentum going!
By Sara Lyle Bow, October 2019
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