We expect our parents to make sure all of their children's homework assignments are timed accurately, with mistakes marked, and mistakes to be fixed by their child before he or she begins a new assignment. Parents who perform these three tasks ensure faster progress for their children. Ten minutes of homegrading can help students progress 30 to 100% better than those who aren't homegraded. To help parents with these tasks, we give answer books and a "Parent's Guide to Homegrading" upon enrollment.
We expect students to come to Kumon with all of their homework completed, and all of their mistakes fixed. If students come with incomplete homework, they must complete their homework at Kumon before beginning that day's in-class assignment. However, we understand that there may be special circumstances that prevent a student from completing his or her homework. In that case, it is the parents' responsibility to call us or send us a note, and we will reschedule the student's work accordingly.
If a student is unable to make it to class, it is the parents' responsibility to call us and pick up their child's assignments. If a student misses class without contacting us in advance, that day's work is reassigned for next class. Work missed due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up. If a student has 2 consecutive unexcused absences, he or she will not be assigned new work until all previous assignments are completed. It is the parent's responsibility to notify us at least one class in advance if their child is going on an extended vacation.
The following letter is what parents can expect to receive if their obligations are not met:
Dear Kumon Parent:
Thank you for your ongoing support with your child's Kumon study.
As you are probably aware, your child has missed a number of classes recently. Missing a class results in missing homework for those days until the next class attended. Two things happen when this occurs regularly: 1) Students start to lose the daily habit of completing Kumon work, and 2) Students do not progress in the program.
Extracurricular schedules can be very busy, and last minute things will always come up. However, if you know that you are not going to be able to attend a class, there are several ways we can handle the situation so that daily work can continue:
- If you know well in advance, please let us know, and we will give extra work in advance to last until the next class you attend
- If you can't make it at the last minute, just call us, and we can leave the work in the mailbox for you to pick up after class or the next day.
At school, if students miss a class or a day, they don't fall behind - they just continue along with the rest of the class. But at Kumon, every day students don't complete work is a day where they don't progress forward. A day or two here and there may not seem like a lot but it can add up and signficantly slow progress towards attaining a higher grade level or getting on the advanced honor roll. The Kumon students who succeed are students who develop a consistent work routine, and I know that you want your child to succeed.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I encourage you to schedule a conference to talk about your child's Kumon progress. Working together is the best way to move ahead.