Kumon Made A Difference For Our Son

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It’s amazing when you can see a real change in your child. When they conquer something by bursting right through a wall that was frustrating them. That’s what our son Harry has done in the last few months with his reading and writing.

I am also happy to share with you that one of the contributing factors was Harry’s time spent at Kumon, an after school math and reading program. For those following the journey, you know that we were approached by Kumon to try out their service for six months in exchange for an honest review on the blog.

As I mentioned before, it was perfect timing because in October of last year, Harry was struggling and getting more and more frustrated by the day. He was falling behind in class and stressing himself out over it. Young kids should not be stressing about such things.

Before even starting Kumon, we met with Harry’s Grade One teacher and worked out a plan for him to get extra help at school and what we could do at home. TLC for reading and writing was coming from all fronts. That’s why it was perfect that Kumon came calling when it did.

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Happy #PiDay Everyone

Yes, today March 14th, is a special day for mathematicians and math-lovers all around the world. It’s Pi Day party people. Not only does this day mark the birthday of Albert Einstein, the theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, but today is also the calendar equivalent of pi or 3.14. To celebrate, many students recognize this special day by taking part in activities designed to enrich and deepen their understanding of the concept of pi.

Last week I shared with you some activities that Kumon put together to help get your kids into the fun.

Harry chose to make a collage of all the numbers you can find in Pi.

He was tasked with going through old magazines, newspapers and other things to find numbers he could cut out. He even got a little creative with his idea of pi, as you will see below.

I asked him what Pi meant to him and he naturally said, pie you eat of course. Who can argue with that.

He won’t really get into Pi until he has more math at school.

But for now, here is his creation.

By the way, he was the one who noticed that hockey players wear numbers. I totally missed that.

Harry made a collage for #piday full of the numbers found in the Pi equation. #kumon

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Celebrate Pi Day With Your Kids

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You won’t even need to provide ice cream for this Pi Day. But that would be a nice treat.

Yes, it’s almost Pi Day once again. March 14th at exactly 1:59 PM. Where will you be? Maybe eating pie?

The fine folks at Kumon want to make it fun for kids to not only have fun, but learn in the process. That is why they are promoting Kumon Pi Day.

For those who don’t know Pi (π), it is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Commonly approximated as 3.14159, ‘Pi’ is an irrational number with infinite decimal digits. That means it keeps on going…….forever. Think, your kid in the backseat of a day long trip asking “are we there yet?”

This year, Kumon Canada wants to help Canadian children celebrate Pi Day in a fun and exciting way. Pi Day is a great excuse to engage children in fun math challenges meant to enrich and deepen their understanding of the concept of Pi. Activities could include investigations of the value of Pi, special Pi projects and parties with pizza or other kinds of “Pi.” You know your kids best, so whatever they interested in, there is a way to insert Pi.

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Kumon Has Helped Harry Feel Like A Cool Mon

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You’ve heard it before, knowledge is power. When you are a kid, in particular, a blonde 6-year old, knowledge is confidence.

It was only four months ago that Harry was really fighting with his grade one experience. He was stressing himself out because he was not reading and writing as fast as HE thought he should be. His focus in class was not there. He was thinking of other things that were much more fun than work and he was not finishing the day’s tasks on time.

It’s pretty hard to watch a kid get buried in stress, anxiety and pressure. We knew the situation would fix itself, but not in a time frame that would reduce the sleepless nights Harry would have.

Harry’s teacher made us aware and also included Harry into an extra reading help group at school. Funny enough, as all this reading stress was building, I was contacted to try out Kumon. It was almost too perfect.

Between extra help at school and regular Kumon work, Harry started to love again. He started to love his books again like he has since he was not even old enough to hold them. He started to love school again. It was brilliant to see.

Fast forward to present day and Harry is killing it. His reading and writing is to the point where he is almost a little cocky about it.

Just the other day, I said to him that doing all that Kumon has made him a cool mon. He smiled and really liked that thought. He breezes through his daily workbooks with confidence. He no longer looks to us for approval. He just knows it and the ones he is not sure of, he figures it out and grins.

His progress reports are showing the same. He is climbing the charts and his teacher is pleased to see him get to where he should be.

I am not going to say Kumon did this fully. It was the rocket fuel Harry needed to blast off. He is now reading anything he can get his hands on. He is reading billboards. He is ready movie posters. He is reading TV commercial words. He is reading the speed at which dad drives at. Yep, can’t speed anymore without comments from the back seat.

It’s all very exciting. He carries books around. He keeps bookmarks for the next time. He is loving his new-found skill.

Lately we have been thinking the Kumon workbooks are getting too easy. But it’s the routine and daily work that is key for Harry. You have to keep that engine running. You have to keep it stocked with new challenges and I know the next level of Kumon will do that. You can’t skip steps right.

The added bonus of all of this. It has gotten Charlie really interested in the same things. Charlie always asks if he can do Kumon too. Last night he read the score off the TV screen during the Super Bowl. A genius? Maybe not, but I was surprised a 3-year old was reading anything off a screen.

We are the parents of two book lovers. There are books everywhere in our house. It’s hard to complain when you are tripping over them.

I always knew Harry would get into reading. He is too smart not to. But the stress he was piling on himself because it was not happening as fast as he wanted was hard to watch.

I am happy the extra help gave him that moment where it just clicked.

To me, Harry has always been a cool man. Now he is a cool mon.

Proud of you bud.

For those of you who don’t know, these posts are in exchange for trying out the Kumon program. My opinions are not only spelled correctly, but they have not been swayed or influenced.