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Kumon opens new learning center in Yardley Borough

BOROUGH OF YARDLEY >> Bucks County’s newest Kumon Learning Center has opened on South Main Street in the Borough of Yardley.

On April 2, Kumon Branch Manager Loraine Mennella and Kumon Company Center Instructor Judith Barr officially cut the ribbon for Kumon’s new location.

They were joined by U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, State Senator Steve Santarsiero, State Representative Perry Warren and Yardley Borough Council members Caroline Thompson and Chris Campellone who were on hand to welcome Kumon in the community.

“It’s great to see a new business open on Main Street and especially one that will help our children by improving their education,” Warren said.

Santarsiero accepted. “As a former teacher, I know that all the support services that are out there can be a real help for our students, so having this in our community to help families who have chosen this extra support is a good thing. It’s great that they’re here. It’s a wonderful location here in the middle of the borough and yet another plus for Yardley Borough.

The new Kumon Center is located next to the Wawa on South Main Street.

“The most important investment we make is in education,” Fitzpatrick added. “All learning centers take their unique approach, which gives parents the choice between different teaching methods and different angles of approach to education. But the bottom line is that with any entity that educates children, it comes back 100 times in future productivity in the community. We are happy to have Kumon here.

Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program designed to unlock the potential of children from preschool through high school. The learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid grasp of math and reading skills.

The network programs are all pencil and spreadsheet based and increase the difficulty in small increments. Additionally, students are recommended to study for 15 to 30 minutes for five days of the week, with two study days completed when students visit the Kumon Center, according to the Kumon website.

Instructors monitor each child’s progress to ensure understanding before moving forward. The Kumon Math Curriculum is a comprehensive program that helps children move from counting to calculating. The Kumon Reading Program begins with basic phonics and progresses to advanced reading comprehension

Kumon’s after-school enrichment program is designed to help children from age three through high school succeed by developing a love of learning and progressing through programs at their own pace. Each lesson plan at Kumon is developed specifically for the student and their abilities.

According to Mennella, Kumon would be a great fit for students who are struggling with school and homework, who aren’t getting good grades, and who are failing tests. “Most of the time, that’s the type of student we get,” she said.

“We also welcome the other type of student, for whom the school is not demanding enough. It’s easy. Maybe they act out at school because they are bored. At Kumon, we can challenge them.

Kumon may also be suitable for parents looking to cope with learning loss caused by the pandemic.

“There has definitely been a level of learning loss during the pandemic. People who are concerned about their kids being up to par or want them to be above the level, why wouldn’t you want that extra support and enrichment for your child,” said Susan Mayo-Brown , a resident of Yardley Borough, a retired teacher who joined the staff of Kumon. “Anything that involves enrichment of basic skills – math, reading and language – I think people at any age will be really interested.”

The Kumon Method aims to empower children to become independent learners and is designed to advance math and reading skills while fostering a love of learning. Kumon sparks critical thinking, sets a pattern for success, and builds confidence that can lead to accelerated lifelong learning.

In 1954, Toru Kumon, a high school math teacher in Japan, began developing materials to help his second-grade son who was struggling with math.

As an educator, Mr. Kumon realized that a solid foundation in the basics was necessary for success in higher-level math. He also believed that learning occurs more effectively when the level of material learned matches the level of student ability; the rate of progression is determined by the student and not by the teacher; and the material is organized in a logical and naturally coherent progression.

With these principles in mind, Kumon created a series of carefully sequenced materials for his son to do after school. Through daily practice and a commitment to mastering each concept, the young boy improved his math skills and gained the ability to solve math problems far beyond his grade level.

Kumon’s neighbors heard about his son’s success and began asking him to work with their children. To meet this spontaneous demand, the first Kumon Center was opened in Mr. Kumon’s house in 1956. For two years, the new approach to education was refined and formalized.

In 1958, the Kumon Institute of Education was established with the goal of helping students excel in math and develop a love of learning.

Kumon grew rapidly in the 1960s. In 1974, the first Kumon center in North America opened in New York. Canadian operations began six years later with the opening of the first center in Toronto in 1980. The reading program was established in North America in 1991.

Today, Kumon has more than 1,500 locations across the country with between 60 and 70 locations in Pennsylvania and just over 100 in neighboring New Jersey.