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 Post subject: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:55 pm 
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I'm really not sure if it's worth starting my eleven year old on Kumon because it's expensive and I do worry that it's too late now. He did it when he was very young and they always start doing work a couple of years behind school requirements although I believe they catch up and eventually overtake their peers. But at eleven I wonder of that's possible.

Does anyone have a child who started pretty late - around 10/11 and how long did it take before they started to work at a similar level to school and did they ever overtake school curriculum?

The reason I want him to do it is because we literally do not have the time to fit in anything longer or more detailed and I am very concerned at the academic standards in his current school.


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 Post subject: Re: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:19 pm 
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Maybe Guest55 will be along soon, but from memory I don't think she rates Kumon very highly... She may have other suggestions though.


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 Post subject: Re: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:30 pm 
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Guest55 has the expert knowledge, but I would recommend the DIY route and do Schofield & Sims Mental Maths books, I suggest you start with Book 4. To make your life easier buy both the student workbook and the Teacher's book which has the answers.

Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:45 pm 
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Thanks, will look into it! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:02 pm 
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Can not comment in terms of starting Kumon at the age of 10/11. All I know is that we tried it when our DD was 5 and all I can say is that she hated it and if anything it did her more harm than good. She lost her confidence. Having said that there are a lot of people who swear by it.


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 Post subject: Re: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:10 pm 
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While you are deciding, you might want to have a look at

www.mathfactcafe.com

you can generate different worksheets to suit your ds.


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 Post subject: Re: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:03 pm 
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I really wouldn't go to Kumon if you haven't been there for at least a year before an exam. I would recomend Kumon to go to if no exams are going to be taken: but those children who haven't gone though all of those crazy 11+ exams... ARE LUCKY... My daughter has been going to Kumon for two years and feels very confident in the many many many (etc.) exams she did. Poor thing, she not finished doing them yet!! :shock: :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:53 pm 
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KUMON - WASTE OF MONEY !!! :!: :!: :!:


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 Post subject: Re: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:37 pm 
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What aspect of maths is it that you feel he needs the most practice with?


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 Post subject: Re: Kumon - late starter
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:12 pm 
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Mine have never been, but pupils who have are very good at basic skills. However, they lack problem solving skills or creativity in their maths. If your son likes repetitive exercises then it probably won't do any harm.

I would agree with Poppit (name of a childhood cat) the Schofield and Sims books are a good place to start. I've never had the teachers' books though. The answers are quick to work through on your own and the books are very cheap.

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/shop/s ... rch&page=1


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