Before he turned two years old, Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Janice Laberinto noticed that Andre Miguel could already identify letters and numbers correctly. They were eager to nurture his gift and fulfill his will to learn, but they felt he was too young to be enrolled in school. So when they saw a Kumon 2-Week Free Trial flyer, they immediately researched more on the internet. After attending the Parent Orientation in a Center in Makati, they were convinced that the program would fit the needs of Andre, so they decided to enroll him in Kumon. Even when they transferred to the Ilocos province, they did not think twice of enrolling him again in Kumon – simply because of the academic benefits and the development of life skills gained by Andre.
“As I answer my worksheets every day, I have developed the habit of studying on a daily basis and have become more independent in doing my school homework. Also, since I have already mastered the topics that we discuss in school, I have more time to join extra-curricular activities.”
Andre was really happy when he found out that his parents enrolled him in Kumon. “I was excited because I really wanted to learn more,” he shared. Kumon has made school much easier and fun for Andre. Through the good grades he gets in school, he is consistently able to be an honor student. “As I answer my worksheets every day, I have developed the habit of studying on a daily basis and have become more independent in doing my school homework. Also, since I have already mastered the topics that we discuss in school, I have more time to join extra-curricular activities.”
Mr. and Mrs. Laberinto can happily share how Kumon has helped Andre gain benefits and opportunities. He has attained a solid foundation in math. Because of this, he easily understands his school subjects and has more free time to pursue extra-curricular activities without overburdening himself. He loves to write stories and play basketball in his free time. It has also given him confidence and a head start in school. Mr. and Mrs. Laberinto are proud to note how Andre excels in his academics and often represents the school in contests. “Since preparatory, he has been a consistent honor student, and he has been a part of inter-school competitions and the MTAP. He has also developed discipline, endurance, and determination to finish what he has started. He finds joy in self-learning – a life skills which will be of utmost importance in leading a happy and fulfilling life.”
Andre’s Kumon journey has experienced some bumps. As he progresses through the worksheet levels, it has become challenging for his Mr. and Mrs. Laberinto to keep up. It could get frustrating especially when Andre can’t answer the assigned homework and they are unable to help. To resolve this, the Center lends them correctly answered worksheets that they study to have a better understanding of how they can guide him. Another challenge is that of distance. “Since we transferred to Ilocos, we had to adjust Andre’s Kumon study. We drive 45 kilometers every Saturday just to bring him to the Kumon Center. As much as we would like to be at the Center twice a week, this long travel to the nearest Kumon Center means that we can only manage to be there once a week. But Andre’s eagerness and enthusiasm to do Kumon makes the travel worth it.”
Andre dreams of becoming a Math Completer, and an engineer or architect simply because he knows he is doing great in math and he wants to build houses. “I want to nurture God’s gift to me so I can better serve Him and other people.”