After back-to-school season, now comes the next part for parents: monitoring their big kid’s academic performance. One of the first subjects that come to mind when it comes to monitoring academics is Math.
It's not easy dealing with kids’ math problems. Parents have their own stories to tell about how they coped with math in their time. SP forum member diver_girl shares "I remember during my college days, I would cry and struggle in my Math subjects. I don't want my Nigel to go through the same difficulty. That was my plain and simple reason [for enrolling him in a tutorial program]." If that statement is familiar, you might consider enrolling your child in a supplementary math program. Below are some Math Tutorial Centers in the Metro. If your child's school offers an after-school tutorial program, you might want to consider that too. If your child's difficulty isn't only with math, you are not ready to commit to a long-term program, want him to stay at home for his sessions or just want your child to ease through an exam, getting a freelance tutor could be for you.
Whatever kind of tutoring your child needs, SP did the work of looking into Math Tutoring Centers for you. Below are five Math Tutorial options.
image from ph.kumonglobal.com Today, Kumon has 46 centers around the globe with 202 centers in the Philippines including cities like Batanes, Baguio, Cebu and Zamboanga . They do not consider themselves as a Tutorial Center because they have their own system, not always aligned with the child’s lessons in school. Their goal is long term, aimed to focus on a child's mastery in math and reading, building a solid foundation to prepare him for the future.
Long Term Goals
Miss Abigael Lavares, Chief Instructor of Kumon Salcedo Village Center stressed that in Kumon, the first procedure is for parents to attend the orientation. This is to educate the parents on what Kumon is, how it works, answer their questions and give them time to think about enrolling their child. Kumon's system is long term and they want the parents to work with them in reaching their child's goal. The child's then has a diagnostic test and assessment. The results are discussed with the parents and they are given time to reach a decision. Kumon's target for the child is to finish a goal they have set according to their assessment.
Kumon focuses on self-learning development
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Kumon starts students at the "just right" level. A first set of worksheets is given to the child according to his assessment results so he can find the work easy, catch up, and eventually progress from his current level. Their Math Program has more than 4,000 worksheets with 21 levels. The number of worksheets and level given to a child will depend on his assessment. It may sound like a heavy load but it’s because the worksheets are designed to advance their level in small steps. A lot of repetitive equations are given to make the students master the relations and combinations of numbers until they stop depending on finger counting and prolonged mental calculations.
The role of the Kumon Instructor
The Kumon Instructor assists and observes the child's study behavior, especially when repeating a worksheet. She encourages the students to learn by themselves and helps them develop an appreciation for their achievement. Sometimes, answering worksheets has to be repeated since there are other factors the Instructor looks for other than a good score. One of the Instructor's duties is to ensure that the child has mastered the level before moving on to the next. All these are recorded and discussed with the Parent. A common issue with Kumon is the homework. To meet Kumon's objective to develop self discipline and mastery, doing worksheets at home is needed. Kumon assures parents that the assignments are always given to meet the child’s level of knowledge. Parent support is strongly encouraged in Kumon. At Kumon, students are seated side-by-side with two students per table facing the Instructor. The Instructor does not remain at her seat but occasionally approaches her students for guidance. The atmosphere is always quiet and preschoolers have a separate area. The Salcedo branch has a comfortable waiting area for the guardians and a separate room for Japanese students.
The Cost and Duration of the Program
Kumon accepts students as young as 3 years old, depending on his ability to follow instructions. The eldest student they had was a senior citizen who enrolled in their math program so that he could guide his grand children in their Kumon lessons. Attendance required is 2 times a week for 30 minutes to one hour per session. Homework is always given at 10-20 pages a day, depending on the child's capacity and ability. They do not have a quarterly or semi-annual program. Their monthly rate is P1,800 per month, per subject for preschool and elementary school level and P1,950 for high school students. With continuous work and attendance, a student can surpass his own school level and even reach and finish college level math. Length of study to complete a full Kumon curriculum can fall between 1 to 3 years. Get more info about Kumon and their FAQs at www.ph.kumonglobal.com