Jasmeet "Jas" Dillard, 40 of Myers Park, opened her doors to students at Kumon July of 2010. Jas found her calling and she loves what she does, especially enriching students minds. Kumon is completed on a daily basis, five days at home and two days at the Center. Students complete 20 to 30 minutes of worksheet study per subject a day sometimes a little less or more depending on the topic.
Q. How did you get started with Kumon?
A. My adventure with Kumon started 10 years ago when I was visiting family in London, England. I was intrigued by the daily math worksheets my niece was completing and how quickly she was able to do so with very few incorrect. I always remembered the name Kumon and three years later when my oldest daughter was 3.5 years old, we enrolled her in the math program at the Kumon Bethesda location in Maryland. We continued over the years and transferred to a Charlotte location. After my youngest turned two I decided to go back to work and I believed in the program so I decided to open my own Center in the Myers Park area. It's been open for three years now and every day offers a new adventure with my students!
Q. What all do you do?
A. I develop math and/or reading lesson plans for students at their just right level through Kumon worksheet study. I help each student develop a strong confidence and a love of learning. I'm essentially a cheerleader, encouraging each of my students to work at their ability level regardless of their age and grade level.
Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your job?
A. The most rewarding part of my job has been when the Kumon method clicks with the students and their confidence shines through. I love hearing about their successes and achievements and the self-doubt eliminated.
Q. What programs do you offer?
A. We offer math and reading programs where students learn self-study, quick processing and mental calculation ability in math, reading fluency and comprehension, attention to details when writing, form, accuracy and efficiency with their work and most importantly accountability for the quality of their work.
Q. When should a parent reach out and place their child in a program like Kumon?
A. The Kumon Method was created to help children of all ages and academic levels. The curriculum begins with preschool level material and extends to high school calculus and reading comprehension.The Kumon Program can be tailored for students who need a new level of challenge and for students who need help catching up. Our ultimate goal is for all students to study above their grade level that's when confidence shines the most.
Q. What can parents do at home to help their children with reading?
A. For the early readers, parents can continue reading to their children so a love of books develops. For readers, parents can encourage their children to read to themselves but out loud as well. Parents should note the speed and accuracy of their child's reading ability as well as have a conversation about the story line. Asking a child questions about what they read helps students with comprehension and develop skills articulating what they've read.
Q. Did you use Kumon with your children?
A. Yes. Both my children do the math and reading portions and both girls started at the age of 3.5. They both have strong math skills and a love of books. My youngest loves to learn about animals and reading about them strengthens her passion even more!
Q. What is your favorite part about the program?
A. My favorite part of the Kumon program is observing the students persevere and turn a challenging moment of learning something into a success! This takes time and they learn with patience, self-discipline and some hard work that they can do anything. Kumon is definitely not just about math and reading. I think students learn some great life skills as well!
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