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Passionate educator Elizabeth supports local children through the Kumon Programmes

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Elizabeth Forrester, Instructor of the Kumon Lowton Study Centre, continues to bring her broad knowledge and experience to the local community through the Kumon Maths and English Study Programmes.

Elizabeth spent her childhood on the Wirral, and from age 15 to 18, whilst studying at school, she worked as a class assistant at her local Kumon West Kirby Study Centre. This was one of the most enjoyable periods of her life because she was able to support the Instructor in providing students with learning assistance and encouragement. After her postgraduate studies, Elizabeth worked as a solicitor in Liverpool and Manchester.

Ten years later, after reflecting on how she witnessed the Kumon Method of Learning help to develop children both academically and personally, Elizabeth decided to make the move in her career to become a Kumon Instructor.

Elizabeth says: “Having worked as a Solicitor for ten years, I have represented a diverse range of people from all ages and backgrounds and have mentored law students. Being able to meet their individual needs and expectations through my guidance allowed them to reflect, develop and refine their skills. I am a mother of two boys and in becoming a parent, it became clear to me that I wanted a career change. I take great interest in my boys’ learning and educational experience, and becoming a Kumon Instructor was the obvious path for me.

“I believe that the Kumon Programmes are the right choice for any child of any ability. They allow children to take control of their own learning and development under the guidance of an Instructor. Kumon students flourish not only in their education but in their interpersonal skills, confidence and self-motivation. It is wonderful to help and see a child grow, have pride in their work, and light up when reaching their goals and their potential.

“Since taking over the centre last year, I have received a warm welcome from the students, their families and the local community. Despite 2020’s unprecedented difficulties causing the temporary closure of the centre doors, all our students have continued with their daily Kumon study and made great strides in their academic development and work skills. It has been a pleasure supporting them in these testing times via Zoom and I was thrilled to have been able to reopen the centre and provide face to face support. Going forward, I’m pleased to be able to offer families the choice of in-centre or online classes, according to their individual needs.

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“I have welcomed new students from an array of primary and secondary schools in the Lowton community and surrounding areas, including Newton Le Willows where I live, which is an easy 10 – 15 minutes’ drive from my Kumon centre. The centre is wonderfully diverse with children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. No child is the same, and in following the Kumon Method of Learning, we have children of similar ages studying different levels and children of different ages studying the same material. I look forward to starting many more children on their Kumon journey!”

How does Kumon work?

Kumon Instructors focus on developing the potential of each individual child. They pay careful attention to each student’s academic ability, personality and how he or she studies and solves questions. They observe their working processes without interrupting, to see how students are coping with their work and if they are engaged and confident in their activities. Based on their observations, Instructors provide effective support to ensure study at a level that is just right.

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The Kumon booklet-based study programmes have developed and evolved over the course of 60 years. Given that Kumon is an independent study programme, Elizabeth understands the importance of encouraging students to develop independent learning strategies. She provides the guidance her students need to take their learning into their own hands, increasing their motivation to succeed and achieve.

Kumon study works and fits around families’ daily routines, whether their preference is to attend physical classes in the centre or to attend online sessions via Zoom. Families can decide how Kumon study works best for them and Instructor Elizabeth is flexible to meet everyone’s needs, ensuring each child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Kumon maths and English questions are carefully constructed so there is only one conclusion that can be reached. It is very hard for the student to misunderstand where the example answers came from, and in this way, they can hypothesise about the reasons and can be creative with their knowledge.  Elizabeth’s careful observation of the child and her expertise in the setting of the ‘just right’ level of study then ensures that they have enough practice to be able to complete the calculations in their head with speed. She works with each child to build upon their knowledge and help them be fluent in the topic.

Equipped with these skills that are transferable to all aspects of life, Kumon students are able to excel in their school, academic and even extracurricular activities, be it in different subjects, like science or history, project work, or the 11+ exams.

Kumon gets results!

A recent study conducted by the Education Policy Institute in England showed that Kumon students significantly outperform their peers in their Key Stage 2 SATs; achieving scores that place them over a year ahead of the national average, and over six months ahead of their matched peers in maths. So there has never been a better time to try Kumon out for yourself!

Behind every successful student is a supportive parent, and nowhere is this truer than with Kumon study. Daily study at home enables children to work independently and take responsibility for their studies as each booklet builds on skills they will have developed on the previous level. The role a parent plays is to guide where needed, but parents should ensure that their children, as far as possible, complete the work by themselves.

2020 marked 30 years since Kumon was officially established in the UK. Kumon is now the largest supplementary education provider in the UK and Ireland with over 60,000 Kumon students learning at more than 630 study centres across the UK and Ireland. Kumon can help give your child the tools for a lifelong love of learning.

Find your local Kumon centre

The Kumon Lowton Study Centre is located at St Mary’s Church Community Hall, Newton Road, Lowton, WA3 1DQ, with classes running on Monday from 3-5.30pm and on Saturday on Zoom from 1.30-5pm. Classes are still running during lockdown – but they are taking place remotely, over Zoom.

For more information, please contact Instructor Elizabeth Forrester on 07585 667518, email lowton@kumoncentre.co.uk or visit the centre webpage. You can follow the centre on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KumonLowton.

Free registration offer!

From 16 January – 31 March 2021, there’ll be no registration fee for new students- saving you £30 per subject per child. After that, you pay a flat monthly fee of £60 per subject – and for that, you’ll receive weekly classes and daily worksheets, all tailored to your child’s individual ability.

With no registration fee, you’ve nothing to lose – why not give Kumon a try and see how it can boost your child’s academic ability and confidence?

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