The main aim of the program is to prepare students for Advanced High School and College level Math through a mastery of the core skils and an ability for self-learning. The lower level Kumon worksheets are designed to build mastery of the four operations, which are the basics of Mathematics. Students with a mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division can easily learn more complex operations such as long division, fractions, equation solving and factorization. Next, positive and negative numbers are introduced, followed by algebra, factoring, functions, and finally, calculus.
The Math Program consists of 23 levels, numbered levels 7A through to level Q. Each Level consists of 200 pages (with the exception of Level P) and is broken down by topic into sections. Additionally, each section is broken down into sets of 10 pages each. Therefore, each level consists of 20 sets.
The worksheets are designed in minute steps to facilitate self-learning. The worksheets contain mostly computational problems. As students study higher levels of Mathematics, the percentage of calculations, both in school curriculum and textbooks, increases. The worksheets focus on developing the students´ computational skills. The ability to calculate develops the ability to think and lead the way to creativity. Whenever there are new lessons presented, examples are provided to help students comprehend the concepts behind the exercises.
The Program begins with very basic number recognition, counting and writing, and progresses through addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. From there it goes to negative numbers, followed by algebra, factoring, functions, calculus and other CEGEP and university level topics.
The Kumon Math Program takes a linear approach to math education. Each concept that is introduced builds on knowledge and skills learned from the previous concept. For this reason, it is important that students completely master and understand their current concept before advancing to the next.
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