I don't often plug stuff on this blog
but I'm going to today.
Kumon is awesome.
What is it you say? Well let me tell you madam.
It's an after-school, supplemental math program
and the kids hate it.
I've had my kids in Kumon for so many years
that they've virtually given up on complaining about it.
So. How it works...
Students work daily math packets (which usually take 15 minutes) (except Sunday) and then visit the Kumon center once a week. They turn in their completed and timed work, are taught new work during the session (which last about 30 minutes), and then are sent home with fresh, you guessed it - packets. Initially the child is tested to see which level they will begin and then Kumon backs them way up so the kid's all "hey no problem this easy" and the mom's all "I can't believe I'm paying for my kid to do this too easy math" but then slowly
the difficulty builds
until they wail
and beg to quit
and promise to do anything if they could only stop
and you say "no way" because this challenge is calculated and attainable and it will pay off.
We take packets everywhere we go all year long. My kids are so comfortable and confident with numbers I am amazed. And boy are they fast. Mathematical calisthenics is strength building. What they learn through Kumon really compliments the conceptual work they are taught at school - strength and application - a beautiful math marriage.
The program goes up to calculus but I let them opt out at the end of 5th grade (I start them in first) because they transfer to a tough school for 6th and I'm not about breaking their backs -
just a little push
in the right numerical direction.