Math – Level G (Equivalent to junior secondary school level, 4 years advance beyond school grade)
Chinese – Level F (Equivalent to Primary 6 level, 2 years advance beyond school grade)
English EFL – Level G (equivalent to junior secondary school level, 4 years advance beyond school grade)
An Incredible Dad——Daddy Lao
Seeing those little smiley faces and hearing their unexpected but amazing sharing are the most enjoyable part of interviewing with excellent students. However, this interview is so unique and it left me with a great impression which is from an excellent student’s parent. After the interview, my notes are full of what the daddy said. Kumon always emphasizes the importance of parents because the time children learn at home is much longer than at education center. Therefore, it is particularly important for parents to understand the Kumon Method, encourage their children and supervise them at home. A summary of this father’s speech may give you all some good references! Let us introduce our today’s spotlight --- Daddy Lao!
"For the Sake of My Child’s Study, I Have Studied All Education Organizations."
Daddy Lao persisted in providing the best education for his child. After reviewing all educational brands, he had his daughter, Lao enrolled in some other educational institute at first, until he found Kumon. “I quite agree with the Kumon’s mission, so I let my child try it. After a while, I found that Kumon was very suitable for my daughter,” Daddy Lao said. Individualized instruction, one of the Kumon Method features, was what he valued the most. “At the beginning, the Math in kindergarten was quite simple; my child wanted to learn faster. At Kumon, her study progress is planned based on her learning situation. She got busier once she got into primary school, then she asked the instructor to reduce the learning content, and when she has additional time, she would ask the instructors to give her more to learn.
In addition, Daddy Lao said, "I also read through the Kumon worksheets, its progression is from easy to difficult, which is very good." Therefore, Daddy Lao let his daughter enrol in three programs -- Kumon Math, Chinese, and English EFL.
“Good Worksheets Does Not Work Without a Good Instructor.”
Under the supervision of her Dad, Lao started her Kumon study journey. After a few years, today, Daddy Lao did not regret his decision on choosing Kumon, and he even has a deeper understanding of the Kumon Method. At Kumon, the role of the instructor is very vital. “Even though my child has developed a good habit of learning Kumon; however, she faces difficulties sometimes. Her instructor, Ms. Zhong instructs my daughter based on her characteristics, and adjust the progress plan in a timely manner.
Daddy Lao is passionate for education. He has also been to the center to see Ms. Zhong’s instruction. He said, “Ms Zhong’s instruction is excellent. When children do not know how to do, she will not directly give the answer; instead, she uses the example to lead children to think and answer.” Because of the trust between Ms. Zhong and parents, even though the Lao’s family have moved out, Daddy Lao still let her daughter continue to study Kumon.
“Advanced Beyond School Grade in Chinese, Math and English Helps Her Learn Easily at School.”
With the close communication between Daddy Lao and the instructor, Lao’s achieved advanced beyond school grade in all three subjects. “Studying Kumon helps her build a solid foundation and develop self-learning habits, so we rarely worry about her school study.” Daddy Lao wishes his child to grow happily. When exams are coming, “other children were still doing revision, but only my child is having fun in the playground. When she did not get 100 scores, we have never criticized her, because carelessness happens sometimes. But she usually got more than 95 scores.”
Lao handles school study with ease; that also means that she has more time to spend on other activities. Daddy Lao continued, “Kumon Chinese selects abundant good articles, which broaden children’s horizons. My child loves reading Jin Yong, and she has already read it for three times. I think Kumon taught her how to learn and conclude through repetition.”
“It Seems Like I Am Advertising for Kumon, but it is from the Bottom of My Heart.”
The deep understanding of Kumon of Daddy Lao touched my heart. If every parent can understand the Kumon Method and is willing to communicate with the instructor like Daddy Lao, I believe there will be countless excellent students for me to interview!
At the end of the interview, Daddy Lao smiled when he mentioned a Kumon education center he saw in suburb area in Hong Kong. He hoped that Kumon can be developed to more areas in mainland, like it is in Hong Kong. “It seems like I am advertising for Kumon, but they are from the bottom of my heart that I want to introduce Kumon to my friends and colleagues who have children. If more education centers can be opened in Guangzhou, my friend will not need to travel so far. (Just a reminder, Lao and her Daddy are voluntarily interviewed, so it is certainly not an advertisement.)
Thank Daddy Lao for his enthusiasm in Kumon. His sharing speaks the wish of all Kumon Instructor and staff which is the hope that Kumon can penetrate every community, and more children can feel the charisma of Kumon.