Parents who have children in Elementary school probably knows how difficult it is to stay on top of their children’s academic learning especially in Math. To provide help for their children, many parents are turning to Kumon education centers.
As you can imagine, these centers are not cheap. I believe the average going rate is around $100 per month. I guess this is a small price to pay when it comes to our kids’ education. However, I do believe there are alternatives besides paying $1200 annually per kid to these types of education centers on one subject.
My daughter, who is in third grade this year, took a math placement test and made the Gifted & Talented Program. As her parent, I am so proud of her for doing well in Math. I know she is not the brightest student but with some hard work, she received a solid foundation in Math during her first two years of Elementary school, which is now paying off all the hard work.
I believe the parents must get involved with our children’s learning in general. However, it becomes very critical for the parents to monitor and continually teach their children. Obviously, the earlier you start spending time with your children, the better their learning foundation will be.
As Math gets introduced in First Grade, some kids may struggle by missing some of the important foundational concepts. I witnessed many parents turning to Kumon to help their children do better in Math, which I know it helps the students a lot. However, I felt the cost was too steep for one subject nor could we afford to spend that much for each of our kids. That’s when I decided to turn to another method, which is not really all that creative or complicated. This is what I did with my daughter starting in First Grade.
I had heard from a friend who found Kumon workbooks online to help their children. So, I searched and found out these Kumon workbooks are being sold at Amazon. I found “Simple Addition” and “Addition” for ages 5 and 6 respectively. I also found “Simple Subtraction” and “Subtraction” for ages 6 or 7. I quickly purchased these books and immediately started to go through the “Simple Addition” workbook every day.
The important factor here is that you, as the parent, must spend the time with your kid when solving problems in the workbooks. Having done this, I know this is not a simple task for parents. But I do want to encourage the parents to take at minimum 20 minutes per day to spend time to explain carefully the basic Math concepts.
Once my daughter understood the Addition and Subtraction concepts and can easily solve problems, I bought more workbooks, “Simple Multiplication” and “Multiplication” for age 7. I also bought multiplication flash cards for additional reinforcement. By beginning of Second grade, she was able to memorize all the multiplication factors up to 12×12. I also found workbooks such as word problem and fractions were very helpful. It helped my daughter as a daily reinforcement.
My daughter is doing well in Math as a third grader and I plan to continue to support her learning by daily getting involved with her in math as she continues to go through these types of workbooks. And someday, she will make the right decision about her college.
Note: Amazon is currently offering buy 3 Kumon workbooks and get 1 free