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Kumon Education and Research Association of Japan is a corporation and an education brand created by Toru Kumon. The Kumon method is the math and reading educational method which is practiced in the Kumon centers.
In 1954, Toru Kumon began to teach his eldest son, who was having problems in mathematics at school. Kumon developed the Kumon Method. In 1978, Kumon opened the first Kumon Center in Osaka, Japan with the help of parents who were interested in the Method. In 1990, he founded the Kumon Institute of Education, after which Kumon Centers began to open around the world. Since 2011, some 12 million students have been enrolled in Kumon. As of 2012, over 2.56 million students were studying under the Kumon Method at more than 7,500 Kumon Centers in 25 countries.
The Kumon Program
Kumon is a math and reading program intended to supplement rather than replace school lessons. Students do not work together as a class, but progress through the program at their own pace, moving on to the next level when they have achieved mastery of the previous level. Students are guided by trained Kumon Instructors and Assistants. Mastery is defined as speed (using a standard completion time) and accuracy. They take an achievement test at the end of each level. The ratio between the time the student takes on the test and the number of mistakes will determine which group level the student will be in on the test. There are a total of four group levels on the achievement tests, and the lower the group number the better the score. Group 1 is very good; the student passes. To go into Group 1, the student completes the test quickly, and must have a score of 90% or more. Group 2 is acceptably to; the student still passes. Group 2 is a more moderate time and the student must achieve about 70% or more. Group 3 is fail, the student either takes the test again immediately or does extra packets and takes the test again. Group 3 students are a little bit too slow, and/or they made a little too many mistakes. Group 4 is complete fail, the student will do more packets to get good on the level and take the test and get Group 1 or 2. Students who land in Group 4 are way too slow, or maybe they made a lot of mistakes. If any student passes from any level, they must reach Group 1 or 2.
7A-2A are preschool levels.
- Level 7A: Counting to 10
- Level 6A: Counting to 30
- Level 5A: Line drawing, number puzzles to 50
- Level 4A: Reciting and writing numbers up to 50
- Level 3A: Numbers up to 120, Adding up to 3
- Level 2A: Adding up to 10
Levels A-F are elementary school levels.
- Level A: Horizontal addition, Subtraction from numbers up to 20
- Level B: Vertical addition and subtraction
- Level C: Basic multiplication, division
- Level D: Long multiplication, long division, introduction to fractions
- Level E: Fractions
- Level F: Four operations of fractions, decimals
Levels G-J are middle school levels.
- Level G: Positive/negative numbers, exponents, Algebraic expressions, Pre-algebra
- Level H: Linear/simultaneous equations, inequality algebraic, functions and graphs
- Level I: Factorization, square roots, quadratic equations, Pythagorean theorem
- Level J: Advanced algebra
Levels K-O are high school levels.
- Level K: Functions: Quadratic, fractional, irrational, exponential
- Level L: Logarithms, basic limits, derivatives, integrals, and its applications
- Level M: Trigonometry, straight lines, equation of circles.
- Level N: Loci, limits of functions, sequences, differentiation
- Level O: Advanced differentiation, integration, applications of calculus, differential equations.
Level X is an elective level for grades 7+; also, there are no tests available yet on this level.
- Level XT—Triangles: Sine, cosine theorems, application of trigonometry in area
- Level XV—Vectors: Vectors, inner products, equations of lines, planes, and figures in 3-space.
- Level XM—Linear algebra: Matrices, determinant, mapping, linear transformation
- Level XP—Probability: Permutations, combinations, probability, independent trials, expected value
- Level XS—Statistics: Binomial and normal distributions, probability density functions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing
Answer books are available for all levels 7A through O.
- Level 7A: Look, Listen, Repeat
- Level 6A: Reciting With Pictures, Rhymes
- Level 5A: Phonics, Step-By-Step Stories
- Level 4A: Consonant Combinations and Vowel Sounds
- Level 3A: Advanced Vowel Combinations, Compound Words
- Level 2A: Functions of Words (nouns, verbs, adjectives), Reading Aloud
- Level AI: Simple Sentences, Basic Expressions, Vocabulary
- Level AII: Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills, Thought Sequence, Vocabulary
- Level BI: Subject and Predicate, Modifiers (adverbs and adjectives), Irregular Verbs and Plural Nouns, Vocabulary
- Level BII: Defining Words, Identifying Ideas, Comparing and Contrasting, Vocabulary
- Level CI: Parts of a Sentence, Expressions of Language, Constructing Sentences, Vocabulary
- Level CII: Elements of Statements, Organizing Information, Synthesizing Ideas, Vocabulary
- Level DI: Compound and Complex Sentences, Statements from Paragraphs, Vocabulary
- Level DII: Topic, Main Idea, Understanding Paragraphs, Vocabulary
- Level EI: Clauses, Direct and Indirect Speech, Graphing and Charting, Vocabulary
- Level EII: Sequence and Imagery, Underlining, Reason and Result, Vocabulary
- Level FI: Referring Words, Interpreting Text, Responding to Questions, Vocabulary
- Level FII: Unraveling Text, Recounting Story Events, Concision, Vocabulary
- Level G: Point Making, Theme, Story Elements, Summary
- Level H: Facts and Opinions, Passage Organization, Interpretation of Language, Summation
- Level I: Persuasion, Argument, Description, Precis
- Level J: Critical Reading, Passage Structure, Character Analysis
- Level K: Plot, Setting and Atmosphere, Irony, Comedy, Content Evaluation
- Level L: Figurative Language, Interpretation, Tragedy, Critical Writing
Throughout the World
The Kumon language program varies regionally. For example, the Chinese reading program in China is different from the Chinese reading programs in Hong Kong and Singapore, and the English program in the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines varies from the English program in the United Kingdom. Additionally, Kumon Korea has other subjects, such as science, calligraphy, Korean, and Chinese characters, which are not available elsewhere.
The Math program also varies. The math program for most countries goes up to Level O and Level X. However, in Japan, the math program is available up to Level V. The Kumon method is controversial in Japan, with its critics, including the Japanese Ministry for Education, alleging that Kumon promotes rote learning as opposed to critical thinking.
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- List of all Kumon franchises by country Kumon Group
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- Level descriptions - the English (or reading comprehension) programme in the UK
- 구몬학습: 상품안내
- Level descriptions - the maths programme in Ireland
- Kumon Math Program in the US
- Level descriptions - the maths programme in South Africa
- Level descriptions - the maths programme in the UK
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- Kumon's official site in Australia
- Kumon's official site in Canada
- Kumon's official site in Spain
- Kumon's official site in Ireland
- Kumon's official site in New Zealand
- Kumon's official site in the Philippines
- Kumon's official site in South Africa
- Kumon's official site in the United Kingdom
- Kumon's official site in the United States of America