Have you ever wondered why your child isn’t faring so well in math while his peers and friends are doing okay?
Did it ever occur to you that even though your child and that of your neighbour’s go to the same school, are at the same class and visits the same tutor, your child is lagging while the other kid is doing relatively well?
If it’s ever happened to you, you are not the only one. But the good news is, you can change that. Changing the way your child learns is in your hands, or to be more precise, in the hands of your child.
Now let’s begin ‘how’ by asking ourselves this simple question. Can your child speak his mother tongue? If your answer is ‘yes’, then your child can master math as well. Have you ever noticed that each one of us has taught ourselves our mother tongue? As infants we observed, we listened, connected words to objects and learned to speak, in due course of time. You must have also noticed that some of us started speaking full sentences way earlier than others. But the fact is, we as kids were never rushed into speaking fluently.
We were all given the sweet time and liberty to be able to understand our surrounding and connect words with them and learn to speak at our own pace. What happened here is that the onus of learning was put in our own hands and we did the rest.
We all did it right?
But then we never do the same thing when it comes to learning math for kids.
It’s basis this idea of self-learning that Toru Kumon a teacher and educator in Japan designed the Kumon Method- a method that focuses on a child’s ‘just-right’ level of learning. You must have noticed that, when kids learn to speak, some start saying full sentences sooner than others. That’s because every child has his/her own level of learning. Now what the Kumon method does is that it focuses on the individual child’s accurate learning level by carrying out a diagnostic test. This enables them to understand the child’s current proficiency level. For example, if your child’s mathematical concepts are not clear then he may currently be at the sixth grade but his math proficiency level may be equivalent to that of a fifth grader or even a fourth-grader.
Once the child’s proficiency level is assessed, they start working on strengthening them up from that level to their way up through small steps and self-learning worksheets. They put the pace of learning in the child’s hands and this helps them overcome their math fatigue and strengthens their math learning core little by little. The Kumon Method turned out to be so successful that from Japan it spread across the world and till date it has benefitted 4 million children across the globe.
So if you want your child to excel in math first try to understand their pain points and what exactly is their appropriate learning level. When they are at the just-right starting point, they will need just enough practice and repetition to strengthen their learning core. Eventually, they will become adept at handling complicated mathematical equations. Math will cease to be a problem when you offer your kids this simple solution. The matter is all about understanding. Understanding your child, understanding their academic ability and understanding how much time they need to overcome this handicap, in order to become the ‘just-right’ math kid that you wish them to be.