The Kumon Method
, created by Japanese educator Toru Kumon
, is the largest mathematics
educational system in the world . As of March 2007, over 4 million children were studying under the Kumon Method at more than 26,000 Kumon Centers in 45 countries. In the Americas
, over 240,000 Kumon students are studying at more than 1,400 Kumon Centers in countries, such as Brazil
, and the U.S.
Students do not work together as a class but progress through the curriculum
at their own pace, moving on to the next level when they have achieved mastery of the previous level. This sometimes involves repeating the same set of worksheets until the student achieves a satisfactory score within a specified time limit.
Variation of programs throughout the world
While the mathematics program is the same worldwide, the language program varies regionally. For example, the Chinese reading program in Taiwan is different from the Chinese reading programs in Hong Kong and Singapore, and the English program in the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines varies from the English program in the United Kingdom. Additionally, Kumon Korea has other subjects, such as science, calligraphy, Korean, and Chinese characters, which are not available elsewhere.
The Thinking Face Logo
The Kumon logo is known as the "Thinking Face", embodied into its design as the letter “O.” This “Thinking Face” symbolizes not only the face of a child, but also that of an adult.
The KUMON logo projects itself as a consummate symbol of all of us who meet challenges and evolve over time through hard thinking. KUMON’s corporate colour is sky blue which represents “human intellect”, “integrity” and “earnestness.” It signifies Kumon as a global organization under the sky that links the world as one.