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Old 01-23-2013, 03:56 PM
 
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Was thinking of trying this out with my daughter for math. Does anyone have any experience good or bad? Would greatly appreciate any input. TIA
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:18 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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There are a lot of threads about Kumon; here are a few:
//www.city-data.com/forum/new-j...g-centers.html
//www.city-data.com/forum/educa...g-centers.html
//www.city-data.com/forum/paren...e-my-kids.html
//www.city-data.com/forum/educa...ng-method.html
//www.city-data.com/forum/paren...g-centers.html (parenting subforum)
//www.city-data.com/forum/educa...eal-kumon.html

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:01 AM
 
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Thank you for the links!
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:20 AM
 
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Another option is Khan Academy - lots of raves (mostly from the techies at work) - About | Khan Academy The best thing it's free, but you don't have a 'tudor' per se. It's more for the self-motivated child (unless you go the bribery route like I do).
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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I didn't check out the links but I had friends who worked at Kumon when they were 14. They would often tell me that they would get stuck with up to 5 kids and they said it was run very poorly, I don't know if that's just where I live, or if it's a common thing. However, I do second Khan Academy!
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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Thank you Carroll and Minniie for the additiional information.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Paradise
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One of my student's parents enrolled him in Kumon. They did a diagnostic test and found out that he did not know the standard algorithm for multiplication. How he had been doing multiplication before that, I don't know - there are other algorithms for multiplication, but they fall short imo.

That is all I know about it, though.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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My niece and nephew had Kumon and it helped them quite a bit. Nephew is now a math whiz and niece was accpted is in a selective private college.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:34 AM
 
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It's hard to say kumon is good or bad. I think the appropriate program is the most important. My daughter used kumon for a while. It indeed helps, but it's a pity that DD can't bear the heavy work. Then we switched to beestar math. It's teacher recommended, full of all real life word problems, challenging stuff to help her thinking. DD loves to compete on it with other kids from a lot of other states.
Lisa
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:58 AM
 
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Kumon helped my kids at the time. It certainly drilled the multiplication facts into my daughter's head and she could get through the work fairly quickly. As concepts got a bit more complicated, I felt that the Kumon center just threw the paperwork at them, showed them a few tricks and really left them to their own without much help or actual tutoring. Because of the volume of kids in our center, no one really got the individual attention. This may vary center by center but it was our experience.

For the couple of years we did Kumon, it helped although I would imagine there are better programs out there that gave the kids more individualized attention. It was also tons of work for myself and the kids...they always had Kumon homework and the sheer volume of he work could get overwhelming.
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