How Kumon Began…

In 1954, Mr Toru Kumon, a high school maths teacher, wanted help his eldest son, Takeshi, improve his maths grades.

But he found the primary textbooks to be highly disorganized and commercial workbooks had too many unnecessary elements that were taking up too much studying time.

He wanted a method that would ensure students could study senior high school maths through self-learning. So he created his own worksheets.

First, he rearranged the sequence of studying maths, eliminating what he considered unnecessary and expanding on what he considered essential.

Next, he drew up worksheets which he felt Takeshi would be able to solve on his own. The problems were in a naturally progressive order and Takeshi spent not more than 30 minutes daily doing them.

When Takeshi mastered a particular level, Mr Toru Kumon would assign him a more complicated level. This way, Takeshi was learning at his own pace. The more he practised, the better he became and the faster he progressed.

With this unconventional method, Takeshi completed the differential and integral calculus (high school Add Maths) by the time he was in the 6th grade. Mr. Toru Kumon also observed that his character improved.

This step-by-step framework was successful beyond all expectations! He had created a revolutionary new method of learning and his son was proof of its effectiveness!

What started out as a labour of love of a father for his son has become a highly-acclaimed educational method with over 4 million students in more than 40 countries!

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