Perhaps you’ve seen Kumon‘s charming “thinking face” logo around the island, and wondered what was going on inside its doors.
The short answer: a lot!
The slightly longer answer: The Kumon Method was started a half century ago in Japan, when a father, Toru Kumon – who was also a teacher – devised a way to help his own young son, Takeshi, excel at mathematics, despite Takeshi’s previous struggles.
Seeing his son’s success, Toru shared his method with other children in their neighbourhood, and in 1958, established the first Kumon centre in Osaka. Today, Kumon is the world’s largest leading enrichment provider, offering learning opportunities in more than 50 countries and regions.
Toru’s original teaching method – allowing children to advance at their own pace through a series of calculation problems on loose leaf papers – has evolved into Kumon’s worksheets that work. In addition to its popular Mathematics Programmes, Kumon now provides Language Programmes, too.
But, beyond simply improving your little one’s academic skills, Kumon helps students become independent, resilient learners. Find out more in the gallery below!
By Sara Lyle Bow, May 2019
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