How can a Kumon parent support their child's learning?
[Updated March 2020]
The work a Kumon student studies at home is integral to their success on the Kumon programmes. Therefore, outside of the centre it is important parents encourage their child to stay on track and pursue their goals. By demonstrating long-term commitment to their learning, so too will the child.
Here are some ways a Kumon parent can support their child's learning:
Provide a motivating learning environment
It's important for a child to be provided with a regular time and place to study. A quiet and motivating environment with minimal disruptions will be conducive to effective studying.
Mark work each day
It's important to mark each day's work immediately. This will enable a child to do any corrections straight away so they can learn from their mistakes. Kumon parents are provided with answer books to support them in marking their child's work.
Encourage them to work independently
As Kumon is a self-learning programme there isn't a need to teach anything at home. The student should be able to complete their daily homework independently as each worksheet builds on skills they will have developed on the previous level. A child may well ask for help, but parents should ensure that, as far as possible, the child completes the work by themselves.
Give praise and encouragement
A lot of the student's motivation will come from the success they experience as they become an independent learner. Praise from parents will go a long way to keeping them on track.
Maintain good communication with the Instructor
Kumon students succeed through their own efforts, but that success is made possible by a partnership between the student, their Instructor and their parents - the Kumon Triangle. Maintaining good communication with the Instructor is vital to ensure a child is maximising their potential.