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Kumon Tutor Center (Berkeley & Oakland, CA)
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Hi, I haven't seen any reviews for the Kumon in Rockridge. Does anyone send their child to this specific location? Also, would appreciate any feedback for Kumon in general. Believe it or not my son is in Kindergarten and loves math! That's the first homework he does and always asks for more math homework. Would love to support this interest and thinking of Kumon as a potential after school activity. Thanks in advance. Mom of math loving boy
my 3rd grader son has been going to kumon since january and is still not working at grade level in kumon, although the kumon teacher says he is making great progress & we will see benefits soon, i take that with a grain of salt since she is running a business. my son wasn't behind in schoolwork, he was already working at or above grade level, we just thought the extra work would be good. however, he just got his school report card & we didn't see the slightest improvement. i know kumon's philosophy is to start kids below grade level to build up confidence, etc, but how long can we expect it to take before he is challenged by his kumon work? right now, it is sooo easy for him. we are unsure how long we should hang in there to see if it is beneficial.
i'm not looking for views on whether children that are already working at/above grade level should participate in kumon, rather my question is if your child did/does kumon, was/is it worth the time/money? and, how long before you saw your child benefitting? kumon mom...for now
However, it is not ''tutoring'' per se, although the good centers do have instructors that can be wonderful in that regard. That being said, the biggest problem in this area is that most of the good, long-time Kumon instructors have been run out of the business due to changes in the Kumon ''business model'' which requires ''store-front'' locations even though most are only open 2 afternoons per week (until recently many were run out of community centers, church halls, etc.). As a result, in order to survive financially, most have turned into ''mills'' with unqualified assistants.
Unfortunately, we quit Kumon because of this situation although it did wonders for my daughter. We started out of state (great center) and then came here. The excellent instructor we found was forced financially to close. Whatever you do, don't go to Park Avenue in Oakland (utter chaos and worthless assistants). I did not check Berkeley or Alameda (which I understand is good). Loved Kumon, not their current model
I found the Kumon math program very helpful for my 5th Grade son, who was (and still is) struggling to meet standards at school, but at Kumon he's now up to grade level. We certainly plan to continue with Kumon at least until the Middle School homework load becomes too much. The way new ideas are not presented until performance with older materials is perfect suits my son better than the mix and match math curriculum of California schools. Kumon Mum
Re: Tutors for Japanese
The Kumon on San Pablo in Albany teaches Japanese.
Our 8 1/2 year old has been taking Kumon math classes for a year and 3 months. We think it's been helpful for her although it did take many months before we noticed any improvement. As for the daily Kumon homework - it's often been tough getting her to do it, especially during the summer when she didn't think it was fair having homework when other kids didn't, but since we switched to another Kumon center she's been much better about doing it, often doing it before being asked to. We'll see if that changes when summer vacation begins.
She went to the Berkeley Kumon Center for a year (classes on Monday & Thursday), but then we switched to the El Cerrito Center (classes on Tuesday & Friday) because the schedule was better for us and because we were very impressed with the Director there.
If it wasn't for the expense ($75 a month per class), I'd like to sign her up for both math and reading during the summer months. Debby
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