Rap started training under the Kumon learning method just this summer. It was a mutual decision between me, him, and my husband. We all felt he need a little help in Math. Since he was also taking his piano lessons in SM Megamall, I enrolled him in Kumon Ortigas Center which was just near my husband's office
After an initial assessment, my boy was advised to start with Level A (Horizontal Addition and Subtraction). Of course, he found it easy because he's already an incoming 5th grader this school year. Since he only goes to the center twice a week, his teachers decided to give him two instead of just one take-home worksheet a day. This way, he'll be able to speed up and reach higher levels faster. Now, after a two months, he's now doing Level C (Multiplication and Division). Division is kind of his waterloo and he requested his teachers to just give him one worksheet a day.
I believe that the Kumon nethod is not for every child. It takes effort and discipline to be able to complete each take-home task. And because I'm a staunch promoter of individual learning style, I am not advising other parents to enroll their kids in Kumon not unless the kid wholeheartedly decides that it's the right learning method for him/her. There are so many ways in which a child can learn to develop his/her skills and Kumon is just one of them. The key is to find what works best for the child.
Ever since, I found Rap to be an individual learner. Answering worksheets work perfectly for him and this is the reason why I make reviewers for him before each of his trimester exams in the first place. We did not enroll him in Kumon just so he'll be good in Math and that he'll have no problems getting an it degree like his dad. He's doing Kumon because he wants to.
Rap will still continue with his Kumon worksheets even during the school year. I'm glad that his teacher agreed that he'll go to the center only once a week. He's aiming to be part of the honor roll and he told me that he'll need to be at least in Level I (Factorization, Square Roots, Quadratic Equation, Pythagorean Theorem) for that. I know my boy so well. He'll be able to do that, for sure.
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