More about preschoolers

preschoolerThroughout the country, children as young as three years old are experiencing the joy of “aha!” moments and an “I can do it!” spirit as they develop their abilities in Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading program. From counting pictures and repeating words to practicing pencil skills and more, thousands of early learners enrolled in Kumon are developing a love of learning and a solid academic foundation. The early levels of the Kumon Program now provide even greater flexibility with the practice of pencil skills, depending on each child’s specific need.
Proper grip and pressure are key components in learning how to write with a pencil. Writing continues to play an important role in the brain development of children, despite advances in technology that simply call for a touch of a button or screen. According to research conducted by Indiana University, preliterate preschoolers who practiced writing exhibited a level of brain activation similar to adults.

“Kumon establishes a strong foundation, which helps foster curiosity and excitement towards learning that will help early learners soar once they begin school,”

The following chart shows Kumon’s step-by-step approach, where each level builds upon the skills previously developed. The Pencil Skills level is an available writing supplement to either the Kumon Math or Reading Program.
Level 6A: Students begin developing number recognition and number sequencing. They become familiar with numbers up to 10 through counting colorful pictures or dots and reading numbers.

Level 7A: Students begin building the pre-reading skills necessary to becoming emergent readers. Students connect words to familiar objects by pointing to and repeating words after hearing them read aloud.

Level 5A: Students read numbers and number tables up to 50. Students count pictures or dots, draw lines to connect numbers, and select the missing number board piece by drawing circles to complete the number table.

Level 6A: Students solidify 7A vocabulary, acquire new vocabulary, and continue to build foundational pre-reading skills such as phonemic awareness. Using picture cues, students point to and recite rhyming words, rhyming phrases, and rhyming poems.