We continue our School is Cool Series this morning. Today we are talking with a representative of Kumon on tips for Mastering Math and Reading,
Kumon of Ardmore
312 S. Commerce
Ardmore, OK 73401
Kumon Math and Reading Center Helps Children
Build Confidence and Improve in School
After months away from school and homework, it's time for parents to help their child prepare for class. A successful school year, according to Wendy Russell, director of the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Ardmore can depend on how smooth a child transitions from vacation. Ms. Russell suggests the following tips for a successful route back-to-school.
· Focus on the Positives. Talk to your children about their summer accomplishments and recognize the skills they used to be successful, such as perseverance, time-management, responsibility and independence, which are the same skills that will help them succeed in school.
· Ask your child to write a short story including exciting highlights from their summer experiences. This will give your child practice writing before their first day back in the classroom, and it is also a nice way to reminisce about quality time spent together.
· Give your child genuine and frequent praise. Praise your child's progress, not perfection. Let them know that you believe in them, you think they are special and you have confidence in them. Let your child know that you recognize and value their efforts not just their final accomplishments.
· Set up a study area for your child. It should be quiet (no TV or stereo), well ventilated, free of distractions (no phones, pets), well lit and equipped with all necessary supplies for the child (pens, paper, markers, dictionary, thesaurus).
· Establish a consistent homework routine at the very beginning. Schedule daily homework time in your house so it becomes a part of your family's routine. This also helps children to see that homework is a priority in your home.
· Make time to get acquainted with your child's teachers and keep the communication open. Discuss goal setting with both your child and the teacher. This parent-teacher-child partnership will be very effective in the development of healthy homework habits which will in turn help children have a successful school year.
Students attend sessions at the Kumon Center once or twice a week for approximately 15-30 minutes per subject and complete short daily assignments at home on the other days of the week.
Kumon is an after-school math and reading program that unlocks the potential of children by motivating them to achieve more on their own. The learning method uses a systematic individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills.