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Kumon/Beestar/Gideon/Aloha etc...... Classes for kids

Discussion in 'Schoolgoers & Teens' started by Anushiv, May 21, 2007.

  1. priya200

    priya200 New IL'ite

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    ldickie New IL'ite

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    It's difficult to say one program is better than any of the others. Different programs work better for children with different types of learning styles. Some children do very well with repetition, others - especially bright and gifted children - will get bored with repetition. Why should they continue to do the same type of question over and over when they already understand it? This can just make them frustrated and turn them off of studying. Children like this need a program that challenges them to think outside the box and come up with their own solutions. The problems must offer twists and turns which require logical and creative thinking to determine what the problem is asking before determining what skill sets can be applied to solve it.

    Advanced children don't benefit from just memorizing formulas and applying them. They need to solve the problems on their own and be challenged consistently so that they don't get bored. The need to be with other bright children like themselves so that they can discuss and debate ideas. Often, children thinking at a higher level than their age-mates don't have this opportunity.

    Enrolling a bright and gifted child in a program that provides all of these elements will allow them to reach their full potential.
     
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    BigAlittleaMom New IL'ite

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    Hi all,

    just wanted to say that I debated a lot about sending my sons to Kumon. One of my close friends sent her son to Kumon and he really improved a lot in his reading etc. However, as I did not research on the internet, I realized that there are soooo many free resources; its just that we need to take the printout or sit with our child to make him go through the material the first time. If we can take the time to do this, we do not need to spend a lot of money of tuitions.
    Just my opinion!
     
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  4. vjbunny

    vjbunny IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Big a littlemom
    Why dont you share those links here
     
  5. BeeAmma

    BeeAmma Silver IL'ite

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    My dd is 5.

    We started with Starfall.com (beginning reading and numbers among other things). It is really good and we upgraded to paid.

    She has also been using abcya.com and funbrain.com for kiddie games. These are good.

    The latest one is Letsmoo.com. It is an interactive site for learning geography. The “basic” free version worked out well and now we upgraded to paid.

    I am also trying to get her to add numbers and trying many sites. Will post those findings later. For reading, I am using phonics.

    Hope this is of use to fellow ilites.
     
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  6. BeeAmma

    BeeAmma Silver IL'ite

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    Further to my above post, I had mentioned I will check on math sites, recently started using fun4thebrain, it seems to engage her so far but we will see long term. Additionally I am also concerned about sugar coating all learning by all extra cartoons, music, moving objects etc.
     
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    ssnlow Senior IL'ite

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    Hi,

    Has anyone tried both Kumon and abacus for Maths? If you have tried both, which do you think is better for your kids? I am thinking of putting my daughter for abacus, which I thought is good to develop the ability for mental maths?

    Thanks!
     
  8. SchoolsNMore

    SchoolsNMore New IL'ite

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    I have been a Kumon parent for the last 2 years and have seen at close quarters friends' kids going to Aloha (which is based on the abacus). I think it really depends on the nature of your child and whether he/she is amenable to the discipline and repetition that the Kumon style requires. If it clicks then Kumon works very well in building mental math skills since the program pays equal importance to speed and accuracy. That being said, there are many kids for whom Kumon just does not click and they have been very happy with the abacus way of learning. It clearly seems to work in terms of building the mental math abilitiy. The one caveat that I have seen is that sometimes the child can get confused between the abacus method and how math is taught in school and as a result it slows the child down at times.
     
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    ssubhasr Silver IL'ite

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    anyone tried Russian school of mathematics for your kid? what type it is? KUMON TYPE ? ALOHA ? ABACUS ?
     
  10. Dinny

    Dinny IL Hall of Fame

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    from what i know the Russian School offers classroom based instructions using a set curriculum and Kumon has a curriculum but offers one-on-one instruction.
     

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