Student Testimonial Vol. 15
A Family Learning Journey
Wong Guan Xin
- 2.5 years old
Guan Xin’s journey with Kumon began when she was just two and a half years old. Now 9, she has advanced tremendously and is studying an impressive 5 years beyond her school grade level in Mathematics.
A diligent and motivated learner, Guan Xin’s attitude towards work is admirable for one so young. Her parents believe that starting her young has benefitted her by allowing her to get used to doing homework. They never have to worry as she always completes her homework and has her own routine where she does Kumon work before her CCA.
“It is fun to learn new things, and I think for future Mathematics topics there will be fewer problems for me as I feel further ahead,” said Guan Xin.
“We hope for her to become a Maths completer,” said her father. “See it from start to finish. The first long term project you complete… that requires commitment, could act as an anchor for the rest of your life.”
This belief in the importance of cultivating discipline and a “never give up” attitude in their children was what made the Wongs decide to enrol their three daughters in Kumon. Rather than academic grades, they were attracted by Kumon’s commitment to teaching self-discipline, encouraging self-discovery, and building a strong foundation in every child.
Family support makes a big difference
The path to Kumon Programme completion can be a challenging one, and parents play no small role in keeping their children motivated and focused along the way. When Guan Xin was awarded at the annual Kumon Advanced Students Forum last year, the entire family showed up in support. In addition, her parents offer encouragement and guidance when she needs it; for instance, when she struggles while doing worksheets and sometimes cries.
Her mother explained, “I understand that the worksheets can get difficult for Guan Xin, especially when she needs to concentrate for a long time, so sometimes I give her a short break which helps her recharge. I also explain to her how important it is to not just give up when you encounter difficulties. Her older sister encourages and guides her, and we reward her with her favourite Lego set when she reaches a new level.”
With her determination and her family’s continuous support, there is no doubt that Guan Xin is on her way to achieving her goal.
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