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My name is Norman Smith and I run the Kumon Swords Study Centre.
As a parent myself, I am sure you want to help develop your children's potential to be the best they can be. Before Kumon I worked to assist my own children in maths and English, in my own way. This was well intentioned albeit a little frustrating at times. However, having discovered the Kumon Method and tried the Kumon Maths and English Programmes with my own children, I became a Kumon convert as I can see it's benefits first-hand.
The Kumon maths and English programme is superbly structured and logically organised to help children of all levels and abilities to learn at their own pace. Each child at my centre steadily progress, at their own pace, to become independent learners. I endeavour to pass on my enthusiasm for maths and English to each child.
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.
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 with each student receiving 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, either in the centre or their online class, 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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