While we are not currently enrolled at a Kumon center (we may utilize one in the future) we like the Kumon approach and use their workbooks for math and writing/grammer instruction. We also use a Hands on Standards book for PreK-K I purchased from Constructive Playthings to enhance math learning through the use of manipulatives.
Here is some specific information on the Kumon method and workbooks which can also be found on their official website provided below:
Brief Kumon History
Kumon was founded in 1954 in Osaka, Japan, by Toru Kumon, a math teacher who wanted his son to enjoy learning math and be prepared for the rigorous college entrance exams. While teaching calculus to high school students, Toru began researching the skills a student needs to excel in high school-level calculus. Each day, he’d give his son, Takeshi, short assignments to complete. The work was incremental, allowing his son to master each concept completely before learning a new skill.
The Kumon Method
Independent Learning — The Kumon Curriculum is divided into levels, each one building upon the last. This method will enable your child to learn on his or her own while fostering creative thinking and analytical skills.
Success from the Start — In the Kumon Method, each child begins at a point in the curriculum that is most beneficial to his or her development, so he or she can develop strong study skills, build confidence, and establish a routine with Kumon.
Advancing at the “Just Right” Level — At Kumon, your child will always study at the “just right” level—one matched to his or her abilities. This allows your child to gain solid comprehension of each new concept before moving ahead. Your child’s “just-right” level of learning is not determined by age or grade, but by his or her ability.
Comprehending Each Concept — Your child will work through his or her assignment until each problem is understood. Assignments are timed and graded, and students will set goals to ensure comprehension of each new concept introduced. As your child progresses, he or she will work to complete the assignment within a recommended time period to help your child develop a strong and truly comprehensive understanding of each concept.
Practice Makes Perfect — Kumon’s daily assignments nurture a strong work ethic, concentration skills, and critical thinking skills. The consistent practice through short daily assignments helps to nurture an innate understanding of the math and reading material being learned and helps students build focus and discipline.
Maximizing Potential — Children perform at their highest potential, surpassing expectations of what is possible by creating individualized lesson plans for your child.
Read more at http://www.kumon.com/?gclid=CMDC1IqO4K8CFUFo4Aoda33_CQ .