Definition of Kumon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈko͞omən/ /ˈkumən/


  • A tutoring program, originating in Japan, in which children improve their skills in a subject (especially mathematics) by completing worksheets of increasing difficulty, led by a special instructor.

    ‘‘I help children discover that they can reach their full potential,’ says Zamani who recently opened a Kumon Math and Reading Center in Tracy, California.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the Kumon work reduces the amount of pressure placed on the student because it prepares them well for their schoolwork.’
    • ‘The study goal for Kumon language programme is to nurture students with an advanced level of reading comprehension ability and the ability to read widely.’
    • ‘Over 3.5 million children around the world use the Kumon Method to develop their math and reading skills.’
    • ‘Interested individuals who wish to open their own Kumon centers in the Philippines should follow these steps.’
    • ‘I also enjoyed supplementing my Kumon lessons with fiction books written for children and teens.’
    • ‘We certainly plan to continue with Kumon at least until the Middle School homework load becomes too much.’
    • ‘Ali was the boy's name, and he seemed to be in such serious trouble that Kumon seemed beside the point.’
    • ‘Actually, the youngsters who ‘helped’ at our Kumon sessions only seemed to do marking.’
    • ‘The goal is for Kumon students to assume most-if not all-of the responsibility for their own study.’


1980s from the name of Tōru Kumon (1914–95), the Japanese mathematics teacher who invented the method.