By: Mr. Don and Mrs. Lisa Escarro, Parents of John, Justin, Joseph, Joshua and Mariel of Kumon Masinag (Antipolo) Center
When asked what course they plan to take in college, it is common for students to answer “the one with the least Math subjects!” Due to this, my husband and I wanted to enable our children to pursue their college courses without fear, specifically FEAR of MATH! That is why we enrolled them in Kumon.
Kumon has helped to develop in them several traits like self-discipline, perseverance, patience, and confidence. After gaining confidence in their math skills, they were able to focus on other subjects they were having difficulties with. Also, upon reaching advanced levels, they gained the opportunity to teach their classmates.
The Kumon journey is not a smooth sailing one for our five children and for us as well. Our children have expressed concern of having very tight and draining schedules due to a heavy school load and having deadlines to meet for their projects. They do all these while tackling 10-15 pages daily of advanced level Kumon worksheets daily.
It was also during this time that our family experienced financial difficulty. Amidst that, we decided to let all of our children continue with their Kumon study. We had to make adjustments in our expenses, specifically losing our internet connection and lessening our electricity consumption by limiting time spent on the computer and television. We taught them how to manage their time and schedule. We have always reminded them that they just have to continue to work hard to reach their goals.
As parents, it was challenging for us to be consistent and firm in giving them encouragement and motivation, especially through the reward system. But we knew that we just had to continue to express and show our support to our children. We always tell them that finishing whatever they have started is an accomplishment and a sign of being responsible. In fact, we also learned to be patient and understanding with them as they experience difficulties in tackling advanced levels.
As of now, we are happy to share that all our five children, John, Justin, Joseph, Joshua and Mariel have completed the Math Program.
We see the value of Kumon in our children as they go through their everyday journey. In fact, the character building and academic formation that they have gained in Kumon goes beyond numbers and equations.