New Lisle math, reading center employs Japanese learning method for students
LISLE — After enrolling her two daughters in a worldwide after-school program and seeing their level of academic growth, Madhuri Agrawal decided to share what her daughters learned with the Lisle community.
Agrawal opened the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Lisle-Four Lakes, 1550 Maple Ave., on Feb. 1.
“Watching the kids succeed in school and seeing them coming back to say, ‘I was the first to finish this test,’ and ‘I was the only one to do this,’ really makes you proud,” said Agrawal, who is also the head instructor of the new branch.
Kumon, a Japanese learning method founded in 1954, employs a personalized approach that allows children to progress by ability rather than age or grade, according to www.kumon.com. The after-school math and reading enrichment program accepts students as young as 2 up to those in high school.
Agrawal said most of the students in the program perform at reading and math levels one grade higher than their current school grade.
“(Kumon) helps boost students’ self-confidence and allows all ages and abilities to build skills to allow for a richer education experience,” Agrawal said.
The progressive nature of the assignments in the program allows students to learn more independently, she said. One of the reading assignments in the program instructs students to identify whether words are subjects or predicates, Agrawal said, and continues to get more difficult by introducing longer sentences.
The same teaching method is used when mathematics are taught in the program.
Agrawal said when addition is introduced to students, they first learn the concept of “plus one,” and once they comprehend it they progress to “plus two” and so forth.
Watching her daughters’ confidence and academic abilities blossom after being in a Kumon program for the past several years inspired Agrawal to open her own branch. Her oldest daughter did not like math, but after enrolling in Kumon now excels at the subject and enjoys it, she said.
The program has also given Agrawal’s daughters the confidence to try new things, as both enrolled in a school spelling bee and placed third and fourth, respectively, this school year.
“They were motivated to do it on their own,” Agrawal said.
Lisle residents will have an opportunity to meet Agrawal during a grand opening ribbon cutting event held by the Lisle Chamber of Commerce from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the school.
Agrawal and her two assistants teach half-hour sessions of Kumon math and reading from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
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