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The Kumon Wickford Centre opened in September 2006.
Students are of all ages and abilities; at present, the youngest students are four years old and the oldest are about 16. Ability levels of the students range from very high to those who initially struggled with maths and English. The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
A dedicated team of staff help in the running of the centre, making sure that students achieve their goals on every visit. Early learners and newly enrolled students receive guided self-study from a member of the team, in both written and oral work.
Kumon should not be considered a traditional tuition provider; rather than ‘teaching’ students, we encourage them to become independent learners who are ultimately able to face unfamiliar work with confidence, as well as challenges in the wider world.
Hi, my name is Jo Cooper and I have been a Kumon Instructor since 2013. I discovered Kumon with my son initially and was surprised by the difference it made, first in his concentration and confidence in class, then in his academic ability. Over time, the daily study habit was very helpful, it promoted a strong work ethic and a willingness to try to solve problems independently. It opened up new educational opportunities.
I love being a Kumon Instructor because the programme can be tailored to make any child smarter. We can work together to develop the specific skills needed to help the child progress. We can all see the improvements the child makes as, for example, they learn to complete the workbooks more efficiently, or accurately. Kumon is not easy, it takes commitment and some days will be harder than others, but it is a very effective way to learn at a pace that suits each individual child.
I am very proud of my team of caring and experienced assistants who work closely with me and have excellent rapport with the students. I keep a close eye on each student’s progress, and provide feedback both to students and parents.
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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.
The registration and monthly fee varies slightly from centre to centre. Click here to find the fees for your local study centre.