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The centre opened in 2005 and welcomes students of all ages and abilities. The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Students from over 40 different schools attend the centre, and while the majority are local, others come from further afield including Newtownabbey and the Strangford Peninsula.
At present, students range from four to 16 years old and all students are making progress with their maths and/or English. Committed study of the programme is already boosting many students' confidence and self-esteem and some students have improved dramatically in their ability since starting.
The time spent at class will vary depending on whether a student does one or both subjects but a student will be around 20 – 30 minutes per subject in the class. Each student is welcomed by a receptionist and there are five other assistants on hand to support each child's development.
Kumon should not be considered a traditional tuition provider as, rather than ‘teaching’ students, we encourage them to become independent learners who feel confident in their own abilities and able to face unfamiliar work.
Parking is easily available in the library car park or on the Upper Newtownards Road.
My name is Carol McCallum. After studying maths and computer science at university, I had worked as a software engineer before taking 13 years out to be with my young children.
Becoming a Kumon Instructor seemed perfect for me – working with children, doing maths (always my favourite subject) and helping children learn to enjoy reading (our house is coming down with books).
Having my own children study Kumon has really helped to give me some insight into what life can be like at home for Kumon families as they try to support their children in their Kumon study.
The progress of the students is what makes the hard work worthwhile, whether that was in seeing a student pass, achieve a good GCSE grade after a lifetime of failing maths exams, or watching a nine-year-old boy grasp the principals of phonics and improve his reading beyond our hopes. Or, just simply watching the smile on a child's face as they receive praise in class. The journey has been exciting and full of wonderful students and families.
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Students can start learning with Kumon from age two upwards. We currently have students as young as two years old studying with us, ranging all the way up to those about to go to university; Kumon helps children of any age and any ability. The sooner children begin, the earlier they can start developing skills to gain the greatest cumulative benefit; as soon as you feel your family is ready to make the commitment to long-term study, Kumon will be ready to help you achieve your goal.
They don't. A Kumon student progresses based on their current ability and not their age, although we believe that every child has unlimited potential and can ultimately tackle advanced work through well-paced and individualised instruction. We have children of similar ages studying different material and children of different ages studying the same material. Everything is dependent on the student's needs, not on how old they are.
Kumon offers much more than tutoring and differs from traditional teaching in the classroom. Rather than preparing children for a particular test or assessment, Kumon empowers students to learn for themselves, through individualised instruction and carefully developed worksheets.
As well as developing key skills in maths and English, each Kumon student will work towards building their independent learning skills and confidence in their own abilities. This means that a Kumon student will not be dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others.
Kumon is a self-learning programme but each student receives regular support from their Instructor. The carefully developed worksheets teach students how to find the answer for themselves, whilst their Instructor offers guidance when necessary. The key role of each Kumon Instructor is to observe their students working, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. The primary aim of the Kumon Method is to develop independent learning skills. These independent learning skills enhance the students’ performance right across the school curriculum. Kumon operates at exactly the right level for each student – regardless of their age – ensuring that work set extends and develops their skills, confidence and ability.
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