Frequently Asked Questions
Why are some school topics not covered in
Kumon is not meant to replicate topic-by-topic your child’s school
curriculum. It’s designed to develop a strong command of core skills that can
be applied in subject after subject, from the most basic material through higher
level study. Kumon harnesses a streamlined, fundamentals-focused approach to
helping students become better learners and ultimately succeed with challenging
material at the high school level.
How long will it take my
child to catch up to grade level?
Kumon’s aims are different from tutoring programs that may provide a
short-term boost in your child’s performance. Kumon helps make children better
learners with the skills to succeed on their own throughout school. That’s why
Kumon encourages parents to take a broader view. Kumon students reach – and
often surpass – grade level by working daily at their own pace, setting goals
with the Kumon Instructor, and developing tools to help them succeed now and
Why isn’t my child
progressing faster with Kumon?
Kumon students who hit their stride with the program may advance a
grade-and-a-half or more with each school grade. Be sure to monitor your
child’s Kumon study at home, stay abreast of his or her progress at the Center,
and encourage your child to work closely with the Kumon Instructor to set
goals. Helping to keep your child motivated is the best way to ensure steady
and meaningful advancement.
My Child is caught up at
school. Why stay with Kumon?
Kumon provides a complete curriculum, covering material from preschool all
the way up to college level. Some parents are surprised to learn how many
students pursue advanced study with us or just continue to supplement their
schoolwork long after catching up to grade level. Indeed, Kumon is a truly
progressive program intended to benefit children through high school and help
them excel in their academic careers.
Why is my child starting
at such a low level?
A solid starting point enables children to succeed from the outset by
building on a rock-solid foundation without any learning gaps to hinder them
down the road. That’s how they gain confidence and momentum, and are able to
advance on their own steadily and confidently through the curriculum.
Why must my child be
timed and complete assignments so quickly?
Speed is just as important a gauge as accuracy of how well a child has
grasped a concept. A student must know that 9 + 7 equals 16 without hesitation,
or be able to read a passage fluently without stumbling on individual words or
Why must my child do so
As with learning to play the piano or hit a baseball, gaining proficiency
with learning skills requires frequent practice. A piano student doesn’t begin
to play compositions until simple scales have been mastered. In much the same
way, he or she shouldn’t tackle words until letters and letter combinations are
mastered, or take on multiplication of two-digit numbers until achieving a total
command of the operation with single digits.
Why can’t Kumon be more
flexible with the order of material covered?
Every part of the Kumon curriculum, from individual worksheets to entire
curriculum levels, is designed to build incrementally on the foundation of
learning established up to that point. Multiplication by 2 is followed by
multiplication by 3; sentence building is followed by paragraph building; and so
on. Just as you might use training wheels on your child’s bike, remove one and
then the other, Kumon nurtures mastery and independence by simple and logical
Why is it important for
my child to learn independently?
Children can only go so far with someone constantly looking over their
shoulder. Kumon’s systematic approach allows children to work through material
themselves and continually strengthen skills needed throughout school. The
difference between tutoring programs and Kumon can be thought of as the
difference between towing a car and turbo-powering its engine. Kumon gives
children what it takes to succeed on their own.
Why is home grading
While even ten minutes can be difficult for a busy parent to spare, it can
make an enormous difference. Kumon students whose work is home graded advance
to new material sooner with fewer errors and less repetition. In fact Kumon
Instructor records have shown time and again that home graded students progress
30% to 100% better than those who aren't. That means they become better
learners. Isn't that worth ten minutes a day?
What if my child is not
motivated to do Kumon?
Most children respond favorably to initial exposure to Kumon, and few have
problems once they are completely accustomed to the routine. However, it is not
uncommon at some point or another for Kumon students to be less than fully
cooperative participants in the program. Parental perseverance and enthusiasm
for your child's progress are the most effective ways of handling this
Why shouldn’t we take a
vacation from Kumon?
Kumon is a year-round program of daily study because it is designed to
promote steady, incremental progress in the acquisition of key learning skills.
Consistency and regular "conditioning" are most conducive to your child's
comfortable and continual advancement with Kumon. Uninterrupted study also
fosters commitment, dedication, and perseverance.