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4 August 2014
On the Cusp of its 20th Anniversary in 2015
A new flavour for Kumon Singapore’s National Instructors Conference
Kumon Singapore held its annual National Instructors Conference (NIC) at M Hotel on 16 July 2014.
For the first time in years, this year’s NIC was graced by distinguished guests – Associate Professor Shaheen Majid from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University, Mr Paul Tan, Deputy Chief Executive of National Arts Council and Mr Kenneth Quek, Deputy Director of National Books Development Council of Singapore.
More than 100 Kumon Instructors, staff and distinguished guests gathered at the yearly conference to share valuable experiences and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Kumon Method and the reading habits of children in Singapore.
Guest speaker Associate Professor Majid shared his findings from past research studies done on “reading habits of children in Singapore” and “reading aloud to children by parents”. His sharing highlighted the different reading preferences in children and also the big role that parents and teachers have to play in inculcating the reading habits of children.
Mr Paul Tan, the person behind the success of the Singapore Writers Festival organised by the National Arts Council, also a poet in his own right, gave Kumon Instructors a sneak preview to the annual literary festival attended by more than 180 local and overseas writers, which will be happening this November. Kumon is also proud to be a partner of Little Lit!, a Singapore Writers Festival programme for children aged 4 to 12, this year.
Kumon Instructors and staff also presented student cases and outcome of the implementation of specific instructions during the conference. Following the revision of the three of the most popular Maths materials (Levels B, C and D) which covers Primary 1 to 4 Maths contents earlier this year, presenters shared valuable experiences in guiding students using the new worksheets and discussed the best ways to help students learn subtraction, multiplication and division more effectively
Other presenters also talked about implementing ways to increase children’s interest in reading and inculcate their reading ability and habit, and to improve communication with preschoolers and their parents.
General Manager of Kumon Singapore Mr Allan Menagh emphasised the importance of understanding the children’s perspective of learning. He shares that the Kumon Method is a good way for children to learn because “we see, notice, recognise and respect the individual child and the child knows it.”
“Individualising and customising the process for each child is important for each of them and unique to what we (Kumon) do,” Mr Menagh added.
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Kumon Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd (Singapore Office)
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