on 11 October 2014
I ordered the Kumon range of books to help my nine year old son in primary school. Every year his school report at the end of July is average. I'm okay with average. That was until this July, when his report was below average. On parents evening a couple of months before the report, his teacher never indicated that he was heading for a below average grades and he only has homework two night a week that lasts around 20 mins. So over the summer holidays we looked at private holiday and after school tuition, which in my area is about £300 per month. This was a bit pricey for my budget, and as this is primary school work, it is something I should be able to help him with myself. After reading some of the reviews, I purchased the Kumon range for Grade 4 (Grade 4 = Year 4) to help him catch up over summer, and Grade 5 to keep him ahead in the school year. I found the books good at laying the foundations for basic maths and English. My son finds them easy to follow and also enjoys doing them. It is October now and my son is already answering the teachers questions quicker than the 'top table' in his class. Overall, I am very pleased with the Kumon books and hopefully doing this extra homework should reflect in his year 5 report.