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Kit's Kumon Challenge
Posted By SLK on Wednesday, September 22, 2010   { 2 Comment(s) }
Starting Kumon was a big adventure for Kit – of course anything that Kat does and Kit gets to copy is always an achievement. The difference of years is never really an issue with her. There's always a shortcut to everything!

It was a bit of a setback when Kit realised that her Maths sheets in Kumon involved counting big red dots instead of numbers (like Kat) when she got them for the first time a few months ago – however, the situation has now changed – she wishes those dots would come back once more! Yes, Kumon is wonderful for children at this early age and it has been a tried and tested formula in our home for Kat (she needs the repetition) but Kit is finding the new sums a bit of a challenge at the moment.

Kit's Kumon Challenge Every time I sit down with her, she will start looking outside the window instead of looking at the sheets. Exasperated, I will ask, “Kit, why are you so interested in looking at the world?” To this question, Kit will (painfully slowly), unglue her eyes from the window and look at me and say, “Because, I don’t know much about the world, that’s why mummy. I want to know more about it, that’s why I look at it.”

Me: “When you go to school, will you look outside the window even then?”

Kit: “No, I will go to school to play. Then I don’t want to see the world.”

Basically, this interaction means that the current set of Kumon operations are little bit challenging and Kit is finding ways to avoid them. Any kind of work that takes time at this age usually means either too boring or over head transmission. In her case, it is bit of both as when I really get upset, all answers come pouring out of the brain like magic and work gets done unbelievably quickly! Just like that.

Right now, it’s a wait and watch game – where she sees the world from our apartment window and I watch her till she’s done with it…this transition from dots to numbers to sums IS a challenge. Kat did it and so will Kit. All in good time I tell myself. All in good time...
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2 Comment(s) to 'Kit's Kumon Challenge'

BECKICKLESIE,  Lancashire,  Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I've heard that Kumon is absolutely fantastic. They used to do it where I learnt to play piano as a kid and it was always really busy. The kids seemed to love it actually.

Haha - she must be very educated anyway, what an intelligent answer;

“Because, I don’t know much about the world, that’s why mummy. I want to know more about it, that’s why I look at it.”

What a delight!

Becca x
SLK,  House of Kit Kat,  Thursday, September 23, 2010
Kat 'enjoyed' Kumon when she was younger, when it was counting dots etc. She's doing Kumon at a level where it is really challenging but she knows it is good for her so she does not complain anymore (only occasionally) but I like to think she has made peace with it :-)

Kit, on the other hand HAS to follow Kat's reactions - if Kat has a positive reaction she is bound to like it (eventually)! So for us Kumon has worked well and I would recommend it to one and all. Their ability to play with numbers turns out amazing.

Yes, Kit's answers can sometimes be really funny...she has this really 'grown up' view of life sometimes!

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