I sent my child to the center for English Reading. The program was good for him initially, but in just less than a year, it became too difficult for him to continue. At the center, there is an inexperienced teaching staff. When the child is struggling with understanding concepts, this is not explained to them. The solution offered by the staff is to get the student to repeat the same material over and over again without understanding the concepts taught. The Kumon solution is simply, to repeat the material multiple times. The child hates doing the same material over and over again. The staff will also make a student repeat the material if they take more than the allocated time to complete each book. My child took much longer to do the material than the allocated time, as he hated doing the work and spent most of the time complaining about having to do the material. He is also a very slow writer. Kumon does not take any of these factors into account. It assumes that if a child takes longer than what they determine is acceptable then, the child needs to repeat the material. When the child repeats the material, they remember the answers not how to determine the answers.
The early levels 7A to 2A (inclusive) tests did not assess his spelling of basic words. They started testing spelling at A1 level. I noticed that even though my child moved on to a higher level, he still did not know how to spell basic words. Kumon assumes that the child will learn how to spell basic words in earlier levels which is wrong. At A1 level and beyond, the child is expected to learn how to spell about 150 words (which is excessive) in addition to the concepts taught at each level. In the material, there are no strategies explaining to the child how to answer comprehension questions.
The Kumon material also does not explain concepts well or often, provides no explanation at all. Kumon books, which can be purchased from retailers, explains concepts far better than the course material.
In some levels, there is too much for the child to learn in one level. If the child fails, they are given the same test to do. The child passes the second time, simply because they know the answers to the test not because they have learned the concepts in the level tested. This is a "false" sense of achievement for the child and the parent. But Kumon does this to make parents believe the program is working for their child.
The center offers no helpful assistance to the child and the program is 100% reliant on the parent to assist the child. So you are paying for the material $130- $150 per month.
Significant improvements need to be made to the Kumon material and the method of teaching. My recommendation is if you want to try the program, try it for no more than 8 months and then switch to another course or use the Kumon books instead, which can be purchased online.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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