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Old 06-23-2009, 08:28 PM
 
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My son just finished 8th grade, and even though he went to a very good school, his Math teacher was not the best. My son was not the only one having trouble understanding the concepts, several of his friends had similar challenges. We've never had this problem before, as my kid did really well in math over the years.

We will be moving to Warren, NJ over the summer, and I was considering signing him up for Kumon. Either my husband or I can teach him the concepts, but we have so much going on at work, I can see how we may be too burned out at the end of the day to do anything in that area... Any thoughts/advice? I want my son to be in good shape for starting high school in the fall. If this matters, we are moving from PA.

Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:37 PM
 
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My son just finished 8th grade, and even though he went to a very good school, his Math teacher was not the best. My son was not the only one having trouble understanding the concepts, several of his friends had similar challenges. We've never had this problem before, as my kid did really well in math over the years.

We will be moving to Warren, NJ over the summer, and I was considering signing him up for Kumon. Either my husband or I can teach him the concepts, but we have so much going on at work, I can see how we may be too burned out at the end of the day to do anything in that area... Any thoughts/advice? I want my son to be in good shape for starting high school in the fall. If this matters, we are moving from PA.

Thanks!
Kumon is a really big undertaking. I would try Sylvan or Huntingdon first.
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:26 PM
 
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Kumon is a really big undertaking. I would try Sylvan or Huntingdon first.
What do you mean by that? I guess I am confused... The concepts are not completely foreign to him, but he is not top notch.
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:32 AM
 
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Kumon is not really a place to "brush up" on skills; it's this whole program that takes years. It's not a tutoring program. They give you packs of worksheets, and the kids do them on their own mostly. It's this whole philosophy and you have to work up through all these levels over the course of years. I'm not putting down Kumon, but I don't think it's the right fit for what you are looking for here.

Sylvan and Huntington are tutoring centers in the traditional way that we think of tutoring. They will have teachers who will test him, see what help he needs, and set up a targeted program to get him back to where he should be or better.

Hope this helps. Good for you getting some supplements for your son. One year of a crummy math teacher can do damage for years. Good luck with your move.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:21 PM
 
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I think if you have time, it's better to just go to the library and use the materials there so you can help him. That's just my opinion.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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Kumon is not really a place to "brush up" on skills; it's this whole program that takes years. It's not a tutoring program. They give you packs of worksheets, and the kids do them on their own mostly. It's this whole philosophy and you have to work up through all these levels over the course of years. I'm not putting down Kumon, but I don't think it's the right fit for what you are looking for here.

Sylvan and Huntington are tutoring centers in the traditional way that we think of tutoring. They will have teachers who will test him, see what help he needs, and set up a targeted program to get him back to where he should be or better.

Hope this helps. Good for you getting some supplements for your son. One year of a crummy math teacher can do damage for years. Good luck with your move.
Good points, I see what you mean now... Thank you!
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:09 PM
 
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I think if you have time, it's better to just go to the library and use the materials there so you can help him. That's just my opinion.
I completely agree with you, but that's the problem - time. Moving, starting a new job, unpacking boxes, etc. etc. I want him to be the focus, not one of the many things I am doing every day... Thanks though.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Summit, NJ
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Whats 8th grade math? Basic Algebra?
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:34 PM
 
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Ahhhhh the "not me" syndrome strikes again. It's my son's fault that he didn't understand because of his math teacher...Are you finding out about this now? You had all year to gauge your son's progress and his problems in math is readily attributable to his math teacher who "is not the best." Did your son seek extra help when he needed it? Or was he too busy with his XBOX 360 and texting his friends?

I don't mean to wage an attack, but you had ALL YEAR to address the issue of his sub-par math teacher. When will one parent out there say "My son/daughter is having difficulty in math because they are having trouble understanding math. I need help for them."

Always someone else's fault. Enough with the blame game.
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Jersey Shore
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I sent you a DM, AAVC.
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