Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the phase between birth and the school-going age (pre-school or crèche). During this phase, children establish their foundational cognitive abilities, attitudes and skills, preparing them for primary schooling and the rest of life.
ECD is a top priority of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) as well the South African government, because of its impact on later educational achievements and its role in achieving universal primary education.
Research has shown that children who experience a formal ECD education perform better at school, have better employment opportunities later in life, and contribute more to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country than children who do not experience a formal ECD education.1
Taking active steps to develop your child in their early years can help them to enter “big school” with a good head-start and an eagerness to learn. Advance knowledge of numbers, letters and phonics can help them feel confident in their new school environment and allow them to thoroughly enjoy their activities in the classroom.
The Kumon Method of Learning can help to develop children into confident, independent learners from a young age.
One student, 5-year-old Krish, first joined the Signet Lenasia Study Centre a few days before his third birthday. Currently he is studying three years ahead of his peer group! His parents have already experienced the value of what Kumon has to offer students first hand, as their older son completed the Kumon Maths programme during his Matric year, in 2017. Krish’s mom felt that she wanted Krish to start on the programmes earlier than his brother did, so that he will complete the programmes before his workload at school gets too much.
Krish will turn 6 years old in March 2020, and Zarina, his Instructor at the Kumon Centre had this to say about him: “Krish is someone who likes to accept a challenge, and who is not daunted by new work as he believes he can do it. He always tries something on his own before he asks questions. Krish grasps concepts very quickly, and retains the information as long-term memory.”
What does Krish say when you ask him about Kumon? “I love to do English and Kumon (maths). I like pluses. My friends don’t know how to do pluses and minuses.” Single digit addition seems to be one of his favourite parts of the Maths Programme he has done so far. And his favourite book to read? “The Tortoise and the Hare”, one of Aesop’s Fables.
The Kumon method of learning helps the young pre-schooler in many of the key aspects of school readiness – gross motor skills, fine motor skills, perceptual development, concentration, following instructions, numeracy and literacy academic ability, confidence, showing an interest in learning, and so much more.
Our Kumon programmes help learners to get to grips with the basics of maths and reading in an engaging way through colourful, fun worksheets and Instructor support. The worksheets are designed as a series of small steps that develop skill little by little, day by day, from the very first introduction to counting and scribbling to eventually highly advanced levels. The Instructor helps each child to progress through the worksheets at their own pace, developing ease and fluency with each topic before moving on.
At our Kumon Centres, children are encouraged to work in an attentive, thoughtful way to develop concentration, attention span, and good learning practices ready for school and beyond.
The first levels of the Kumon Maths Programme aim for students to be able to recite numbers and count. At this level our worksheets make strong use of images, dot pictures and number tables to enable early learners to recognise, recite, read and understand number sequence, gradually increasing exposure to a larger range of numbers.
The Kumon English Programme helps early learners grasp the fundamentals of reading, word recognition and letter formation. The first levels engage students with the concept of reading through repeating and reciting. Learners point to and repeat simple familiar words that are both written and shown as vibrant illustrations. This helps them to associate spoken words with their written form. Thereafter, learners move from repeating and reciting to fluently reading words and short sentences aloud. They begin to trace words and learn letter sounds and how to blend them, all the time increasing their vocabulary.
Overall our early learner study methods engage your child with positive learning experiences and build solid foundations to contribute towards a happy and fulfilling future education.
To find out more, or enrol your child today, visit the Kumon website at www.kumon.co.za .