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Product Review: Kumon Workbooks

Kumon Workbooks

I’ve started the Kumon workbooks with Little Edison for about two weeks now. So far, it has been positive and our boy enjoys doing the workbooks so much.

Here are my reviews about the workbooks:

Great Illustrations and straight to the point

Kumon really does an excellent job in making the illustrations and pages so clear, uncluttered and straight to the point. I’ve seen some other workbooks that have complicated instructions or colorful cartoon characters that makes children hard to concentrate. I’ve also seen some that are too dull and boring.

Kumon workbooks have the right balance. They aren’t too dull or distracting. In addition, the workbooks are thick and they have very good paper quality. Each page of the workbook has a lot of white spaces so the child has plenty of room to show his/her work.

The philosophy of gradually increasing the challenge

The biggest distinction that I observe in Kumon workbooks is that they use a philosophy to start the child simple from the beginning of the book, and then gradually increasing the challenge.

When you initially pick up the book, you may find that it is not advanced enough. However, the child is able to start out with confidence to work on the seemingly simple questions, and then gradually progresses to the more challenging questions.

When a good foundation is developed from the beginning of the book, the child is less to get frustrated. It then becomes almost seamless to progress to the next level of questions.

Sample Pages of Easy Telling Time Workbook

Little Edison really enjoy working on the Easy Telling Time workbook. He finds that learning about time is so much fun. He’s learning to draw the short and long hands of the clock. He’s pretty good with digital clocks and now, I’ve been encouraging him to learn how to read the time on a real clock using this workbook.

Sample Pages of My Book of Numbers 1 to 20

He also enjoys My Book of Numbers 1 to 120. He can write the numbers very well now, and he’s also good in numbers recognition. So, he progressed very quickly to the next levels of writing the missing numbers from 50 and above.

Overall, I find that these workbooks are really fantastic. The price is quite reasonable too. And I think both parents and children will enjoy these books because they combine learning with fun.

For more information about the books, you can visit Kumon’s website and it has an extensive catalog of their workbooks and sample pages.


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  • Reply
    February 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Hi emily, may i know where did you purchase the kumon books? i got mine from random book sales… thought its convenient to be able to purchase the titles at a go. Thanks

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      February 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Hi Melissa,
      I bought them through the Bulk Puchase at Singapore Motherhood Forum.

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    En En
    May 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    i have BN Kumon books… anyone keen?
    My Book of Money Counting Coins: Ages 5, 6, 7
    My Book of Money Dollars & Cents: Ages 6, 7, 8
    Addition Grade 1
    Addition Grade 2
    Subtraction Grade 1
    Subtraction, Grade 2
    Multiplication Grade 3
    Multiplication Grade 4
    Division Grade 3
    Division Grade 4
    Grade 1 Reading
    Grade 2 Reading
    Grade 3 Reading
    Grade 4 Reading
    Grade 5 Reading
    Grade 6 Reading
    $10 ea

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      September 25, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Hi.i am keen in e kumon email me.thanks

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    Aries Lim
    January 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Hi, do you have anymore Kumon workbooks? Please contact me. Thanks.

    • Reply
      January 29, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Hi Aries,
      Sorry, I don’t have any Kumon workbooks for sale.

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    Kaitlyn He
    December 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Kumon may be helpful to children using specific teaching methods, but they may not be fit for ALL children. My child attended Kumon at our area for a year, and did not seem to have made progress, so we searched for an alternative. Coworkers recommended Beestar. For those who do not have the money or do not want to waste money on workbooks and time for learning centers may want to give a try. Beestar offers free online math and other school subjects that varies from social sciences to English. To same time for parents, Beestar also provides online management for us to track the progress of our children anywhere, anytime. It’s been a year since we’ve tried Beestar and we are in love in what we see as our child is enrolled in Beestar! We will definitely stick with Beestar to the max! Why not give Beestar a try if you want some change!

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