Reading Aloud to Your Child Some Favorite Read Aloud Books

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					                                                                                                                          Inside this issue:
                                                                                                                          2   Math Matters
                                                                                                                              Power Packed Thank You
                                                                                                                          3   Ask Dr. Andi
                                                                                                                          4   The Faces of Kumon

      March | April 2002                                     Volume 3 Issue 1 Published Bi-Monthly for Parents of Kumon                               KIDS
                                                                                                                                  Read Aloud
                          R e a d i n g A l o u d t o Yo u r C h i l d                                                            with Kumon
                          The Everlasting Benefits                                                                                Worksheets
                                 eading aloud to young children is one of the most important activities parents

                           R     can do for their children. It provides them with knowledge that is essential for
                                 their future success in reading. When children listen to parents reading to
                          them, they can develop some of the reading readiness skills that are required before
                                                                                                                                Discover together the many
                                                                                                                                  famous stories & retold
                                                                                                                                      tales through
they can learn how to read themselves. Reading aloud can increase children's vocabulary, give them an                               Kumon worksheets.
appreciation of literature and increase their background knowledge of the world. Children love to listen to
nursery rhymes or fairy tales, fables or folk tales, classics or contemporary stories. When should parents                      Read Aloud Suggestions
begin reading to their children? The earlier the better! Below is a list of some of our classic read aloud books               Level 4A 151-200 (fables):
from the Recommended Reading List.
                                                                                                                              151: The Hungry Fox

                                                                                                                              156: Belling the Cat
Some Favorite Read Aloud Books                                                                                                161: A Big Proud Fish
                 Goodnight Moon                                             Where the Wild Things Are                         166: The Ant and the Grasshopper
                 by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrat-                      by Maurice Sendak
                 ed by Clement Hurd                                         Mischievous Max, dressed in his wolf suit,        171: The Crow and the Fox
                 A rhyming bedtime classic about a little                   is sent to bed without his supper. In his
                 rabbit who bids goodnight to every-                        dreams, Max visits wild & strange things in
                                                                                                                              176: The Greedy Man and the
                                                                                                                              Magic Goose
                 thing around him.                                          far-off lands and finally returns home
                                                                            where his supper is waiting for him.              181: The Donkey & the Clever Fox
                 My Very First Mother Goose
                 edited by Iona Opie and illustrated by                     Tikki Tikki Tembo                                 186: The Tortoise and the Hare
                 Rosemary Wells                                             retold by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by
                 This is a beautifully illustrated collec-                  Blair Lent                                        191: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
                 tion of classic nursery rhymes.                            Over one million copies have been printed
                                                                                                                              196: The Lion and the Mouse
                                                                            of this Chinese folk tale, about how the
                 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom                                    people of China came to give their children
                 by Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault                      short names.
                 and illustrated by Lois Ehlert                                                                                      THOUGHTS BY
                 This chant-a-long book with bright                         Where the Sidewalk Ends                                  TORU KUMON
                 cheerful pictures introduces the alpha-                    by Shel Silverstein
                 bet through rhythmic rhyme.                                This best-loved collection of children's                “The reason we can
                                                                            poetry contains 130 poems that touch their
                                                                                                                                       be proud of the
                 Green Eggs and Ham                                         hearts or tickle their funny bones. Titles
                 by Dr. Seuss                                               such as "Recipe for a Hippopotamus                        Kumon Method is
                 Children will return to this and other                     Sandwich" or "Boa Constrictor" catch their             because we make the
                 Dr. Seuss books when they begin to                         attention and interest immediately.                     best effort to nurture
                 read to themselves. The persistent
                                                                                                                                    children’s academic
                 character, Sam-I-am, will not give up                      Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
                 until he convinces the nameless skep-                      Loved by parents & children and one of                    abilities as well as
                 tic to try green eggs and ham.                             the most acclaimed books in children's lit-            other abilities, includ-
                                                                            erature. A beautiful story of friendship, a              ing self-motivation,
                                                                            pig who is scheduled to be butchered, a
                                                                                                                                   the ability to concen-
                                                                            spider named Charlotte, and the barnyard
                                                                            animals who conspire to save him.                      trate, self-confidence
                                                                                                                                      and self-esteem.”
     Math Matters
     Go On Parents . . .Take the Challenge!                                                            Question:
          Every day, Kumon parents wonder why their children must repeat a section
     of the Math or Reading Curriculum. It is a valid concern—one deserving of an
     answer. Perhaps this F level Math question can shed some light on why stu-
     dents might repeat in earlier levels. Try to solve this in 8 steps or less, and                                                  (The above example
                                                                                                                                        can be found on
     within 45-75 seconds. That’s the expectation of our Level F students.                                                              page F 150a #1)

     Here are a few hints to help you answer this question.
         Remember your order of operations (left to right, parentheses,
         multiplication/division then addition/subtraction).
         You must find the least common denominator for each fraction.
         Don't forget to reduce.
         Before you divide, you will need to change the mixed fraction into
         an improper fraction, invert the second fraction and then multiply.                                   Stuck? Or just
                                                                                                              want to see how
           This problem underscores the importance of having strong basic math skills
     before the student reaches high school. If students can answer this question
                                                                                                               you did? Turn
     quickly and accurately, they will be well positioned for high school math, where                         this upside down
     fractions are an all-important part of algebra and beyond. Their ability to concen-                        and follow the
     trate will come in handy as well. Experiencing repetition of key concepts, found in                           solution:
     this problem, helps to develop the skills to arrive at the correct answer quickly and
     easily (even years after learning it!).

          Achieving this level of competency, takes practice and repetition. Remember
     to praise your children regularly for their efforts.                                                                                   Solution:

                                        A Power Packed Thank You                                                  I m p o r ta n t p e n c i l powerSM
                                             On behalf of the entire Kumon communi-
                                        ty, we would like to thank you for your support
                                        and enthusiasm for pencilpowerSM.                                        March 15:
                                                                                                                 Submit all pledges to your Instructor
                                              Pencilpower was the first major North
                                        American fund raising effort conducted by
                                                                                                                 April 12:
                                        Kumon. We are proud of this undertaking. Thousands of stu-
                                                                                                                 Notification of winning student
                                        dents throughout North America learned the value of helping oth-
                                                                                                                 and Instructor
                                        ers - that even a donation of someone's spare change can make
                                        a difference in a child's life. We hope you agree that these kinds
                                        of life lessons are important for our children today, tomorrow and       April 27:
                                        beyond.                                                                  Weekend for winning student and
                                                                                                                 his/her family to go to Seattle
                                            In the next few weeks, we will share with you the total amount
                                        of money raised. We will also announce the name of the student
                                        who collected the highest amount of pledges. Although the stu-           August 2:
                                        dent with the most pledges will receive special recognition, we are      Weekend for winning Instructor to go
                                        proud of and grateful to each and every child who participated.          to Seattle and for winning student to
                                        To all of you: Thank you for making pencilpower a success.               return to speak at Kumon conference

03/2002 Straight Talk Kumon                                                                                                     
Doctor                                                 reading aloud and singing to them as                            We’ve Got Mail
                                                       well as by engaging them in rhyming
                                                                                                                      You asked.
on Call
                                                       and other word play. The Kumon
                                                       Reading Program not only teaches                           Dr. Andi answered.
                                                       preschoolers these reading readi-
                                                       ness skills in preparation for learning                Dear Dr. Andi:
Dr. Andi Addresses                                     how to read, it also systematically teaches phon-          My 9 yr old son is in the 3rd grade
                                                                                                              but is not reading at grade level.
Today’s Parenting Issues                               ics, firmly believing - along with the experts, that
                                                       being able to connect sounds to letters is a
                                                                                                              Recently, he was diagnosed with an
                                                                                                              auditory processing disability, but he
                                                       strong indicator of whether or not students will be    does not seem to have trouble hearing.
                                                       successful in learning how to read.
Kumon: A Reading
                                                                                                              What does this mean? Can Kumon
                                                                                                              help improve his reading?
                                                       Some educators are critical of a phonics only
Program that                                           approach to reading instruction because they feel      Dear Parent:
                                                                                                              Children with auditory processing dis-
                                                       that it can lead to superficial reading programs
Fits the Bill                                          that drill children in sounding out letter combina-    ability experience difficulty making
                                                                                                              sense of what they hear even though
                                                       tions but never teach them to comprehend what
Kumon is proud that its Reading Program repre-         they read. These critics believe that reading can      they are not hearing impaired. This
sents the effective teaching methods recom-            best be taught by immersing children in rich liter-    may cause difficulties in speech, lan-
                                                                                                              guage, and/or learning - especially in
mended by the National Institute of Child Health       ature, an instructional strategy known as the
                                                                                                              the areas of reading, comprehension,
and Human Development in the United States.            whole language approach.                               spelling and vocabulary.
This institute is a world leader
in the field of Reading                                                     At Kumon, parents do not          We suggest having your child read

Research and was instru-                                                    have to make an either/or         aloud as much as possible. The
mental in writing the Early                                                 choice between the phonics        Kumon Reading Program is a bal-
Reading education bill that                                                 method or the whole lan-          anced and comprehensive approach to
was recently passed by the
Bush administration. NICHD’s
                                    education                               guage method of reading
                                                                            instruction because Kumon
                                                                                                              the instruction of reading. Kumon
                                                                                                              Reading uses worksheets, flashcards,

                                    bill places
Reading Research was con-                                                   takes advantage of the ben-       reading CDs and a recommended
ducted in many major univer-                                                efits of both. Kumon offers       reading list of excellent books. These
                                                                                                              allow students the opportunity to
sities     including,       Yale,                                           children a comprehensive
Georgetown, The University
of Toronto, and The University
                                      strong                                and balanced approach to
                                                                            phonics through the work-
                                                                                                              process information in a number of
                                                                                                              ways, which may be especially impor-
                                                                                                              tant for your child.
of Washington.
                                   emphasis on                              sheets and whole language
                                                                            through a system of phonics       Remember, repetition is key for many
                                                                                                              students with learning disabilities.
President Bush's new educa-                                                 worksheets coupled with a
tion bill places a strong                                                   rich and varied reading list of
emphasis        on      reading.                                            classical and contemporary
                                                                                                              If you have a question or comment for
Whether you live in Canada                                                  selections.                             Dr. Andrea Pastorok please
or the U.S., this initiative                                                                                              contact her at:
                  should have an impact on future                                                          
                  reading education across the
                  continent. Its expectation is that
                  US schools will adopt methods
                  of reading instruction which are
                  scientifically based, i.e. phonics
                  driven. The emphasis on phon-
                  ics (the ability to connect sounds
with letters) follows closely in the spirit of past
legislation to teach reading by teaching phonics
in a systematic and explicit fashion.

Before children can learn phonics, they must be
taught reading readiness skills such as phonemic
awareness, the concept that words consist of
sounds. Without this awareness, children will be
unable to learn phonics - a true "cart before the
horse" situation. Starting at birth, parents can
teach their children phonemic awareness by                                                                                                                   03/2002 Straight Talk Kumon
The Faces of Kumon

           Bijal                                        Neeketa              Jason                      for the next
           This award-winning                           After one year, 12   This goal-oriented
           14 yr old started                            yr old Neeketa has   7th grader has cut            issue of
           Kumon in 4th                                 advanced from 2A     his homework com-
           grade. Bijal knows                           to Level G in Math   pletion time in half!     StraightTALK
           that “Success is                             and is well on her   Currently at I70,        arriving in May.
           only reached                                 way to becoming      Jason’s goal is to
           through hard work.”                          an honor student     finish the entire
                                                        at school.           math program.
                                                                                                     Takao Kashima, CEO

                           Ian & Brendan
                                                                                                     Managing Editor:
                                                                                                     Wendy Schwimmer
                           8 yr old Ian and his 7 yr old brother,
                           Brendan both study Kumon math                                             Contributors:
                           and are “A” students in school. Even                                      Dr. Andrea Pastorok
                           little sister, Rachel is advancing in                                     M. Dean Bradley
                           Kumon and is currently studying                                           Trent Jones
                           level 4A Math.                                                            Hiroaki Nihongi

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