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Mahi has made fantastic progress working through the programme.

The Kumon programmes nurture children of all ages and abilities to go on to reach their full potential, this includes thousands of young learners who are currently excelling on the programmes.

Each and every day these students engage with the worksheets, developing their maths and/or English ability and learning key study skills, like concentration, stamina and pencil control, which are vital for a smooth and successful transition into primary school.

The Kumon Whitley Bay Study Centre has two young students who are thriving on the programmes; we spoke with their parents to find out exactly how Kumon has helped their daughters get off to a flying start.

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James Joyce

James Joyce died 76 years ago today.

Famed poet and novelist James Joyce is considered one of Ireland’s greatest literary figures.

He was born 2 February 1882 and died 76 years ago today (13 January 1941), aged 59.

Although he permanently emigrated to Europe in his early twenties Joyce never lost sight of his Irish roots, and chose to base his fictional writings in Dublin, and his characters upon family, friends, and acquaintances he knew from back home; his collection of short stories The Dubliners for example, gives a thorough, realistic depiction of middle-class life in early 20th century Dublin.

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The Call of the Wild

12 January, 2017

Call of the Wild author Jack London's birthday

Jack London was the first author to be considered a celebrity

Today (12 January) is the birthday of Jack London, the American novelist and journalist. London was a pioneer in the literary world, headlining the world of commercial magazine fiction and becoming one of the first fiction writers to be considered a worldwide celebrity.

To our Kumon students however, Jack London is first and foremost the author of The Call of the Wild, a short adventure novel that features on the Kumon Recommended Reading List.

The story opens at a ranch in California, when a dog called Buck, the book’s central character, is stolen from his home and sold as a sled dog in Alaska. The plot then follows his fight for survival in the harsh environment, rediscovering his animal instincts.

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Learning from a young age has great benefits

For young children, every experience provides a new opportunity to learn.

In today’s educational landscape there is a constant debate about the best age to start a child on their educational journey.

Whilst many believe that “kids should be allowed to be kids”, others feel that we should seize the opportunity to develop a young child’s, already-curious, mind before they take their first steps into formal education.

According to research by the National Literacy Trust, 40-50% of children start school without the skills they need to progress; to feel comfortable and settled in their first year in a formal education setting, young children can benefit from some form of learning experience before they start.

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