Student Testimonial Vol. 16
Nurturing His Love for Language
- English & Mathematics
- 4 years old
It is not often these days that one finds a child who has a real passion for the English language and prefers doing word puzzles to watching television or swiping electronic gadgets.
Enter Darrius, a lively and outgoing 7 year old who eagerly shares his love for reading and learning when asked about it. “I like Kumon English because it helps me to learn new words by reading and writing stories.” said Darrius with a twinkle in his eye. “Some stories in the Kumon passages I have already read before… one recent big word I learnt is the word ‘gigantic’ which means something that is really big.”
Despite the challenging nature of the Kumon English worksheets, Darrius enjoys doing them. In fact, he has an endearing habit of asking for the storybooks that his Kumon worksheet passages come from, so keen is he to find out the ending of the stories.
A child’s reading skill is important for their language development and success in school. With Kumon, Darrius finds English easier as he gets more practice, and has advanced 3 years beyond his school grade level.
Developing his Potential
Even at the tender age of one, his potential to study beyond what was typical for his age was evident. A fast learner with a good memory, Darrius was already able to read the alphabet and recognise numbers. Not wanting him do nothing at home and be bored, his mother decided to enrol him in Kumon.
She shared, “I like how Kumon starts with an assessment of your child’s abilities, and assigns the appropriate level of work. This helped Darrius understand his basics.”
Starting Kumon has also helped Darrius become more disciplined when doing written work, giving him an edge when he entered Primary school this year. “Children need to build up the mentality that studying requires constant work. Darrius is aware that Kumon helps him in Primary school as he knows more than his peers. Even though it has a lot of routine homework, I tell him to persevere because it is good for him.” his mother explained.
To support him, his parents guide him in his Kumon studies and reward him with play time once he finishes his work. His mother also brings him to the library twice a month to borrow books.
Both theirs and Darrius’ tenacity has paid off. He recently received a certificate for good progress in Kumon. “I could see how happy he was and I think it really boosted his confidence,” said his mother proudly. Though the levels ahead may be challenging, Darrius is determined. “I want to continue Kumon so I can reach even higher levels” he said.
With his desire to learn and improve, there is surely no limit to what he can achieve.
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