The Bethlehem Kumon Study Centre was established in August 2004. After initially offering maths only, the English programme was added in March 2005. The centre is run from a house which is situated in the main street of Bethlehem, and it is easily accessible and close to two of Bethlehem’s biggest schools.
The old house has a cosy atmosphere and a big garden which provides a quiet and relaxed environment, conducive to studying and concentrating well. The centre is in a room at the back of the premises, away from the bustle of other activities in the house, where a few other businesses run. There is ample parking available, and a lovely patio looking out on the garden provides a comfortable place for parents to sit and wait for their children. Tables and chairs are available so work can be done while waiting, and there is free Wi-Fi for parents who might need it.
The Bethlehem Centre caters for students ranging from 3 years to 18 years of age. The Instructor sees to each student herself and believes in soft classical music in the background while students work away on their worksheets. The Instructor is able to assist students in Afrikaans, English and Sotho.
My name is Esta Coetser and I am the Instructor of the Bethlehem Study Centre. After teaching music for 9 years, I became a Kumon Instructor in August 2004.
I was introduced to Kumon by an aunt of mine who was a Maths teacher at the time. She was so impressed with the Kumon programme that she became an Instructor herself, and also encouraged me to do the same. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to work with children, which I love to do, and to make a difference in the community. Realising the importance of mathematics, and also because Bethlehem did not have a Kumon centre, I decided to open my own. My two sons were still young and I also wanted them to benefit from the programme, and they became my first guinea pigs.
My past experience as a music teacher taught me the skill of working individually with children, and also to be a very good motivator, which plays a key role in a student’s Kumon journey. The results I saw in my sons’ development with the Kumon programme showed me how important it is for students to master concepts through practice.
The most rewarding element of being a Kumon Instructor is when students themselves tell me how Kumon has equipped them with knowledge and skills that have helped them in their schoolwork, and when they share their excitement in achieving their goals.
Through my experience as a Kumon Instructor and parent, I have learned that nothing worth having comes without a challenge. Kumon is no exception, and there were days when my sons found it challenging and they needed my extra motivation and support. However, being students of Medicine and Computer Science at university, they both agree today that it was the Kumon study-method which equipped them with the skills necessary to be accepted into university.
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 17:00
How long does study take?
Study takes around 30 minutes per subject a day, depending on age and level of the work. Currently, study may be In-Centre and/or at home with online or messaging support.
R 380 One-off fee
What is the Registration Fee?
To get your child started with Kumon study you will pay a one off registration fee to register them as a student
R 610 Per month
Children attend regular classes either at the study centre or online
Daily worksheets designed for at home and in centre learning
Students can start learning with Kumon from age two upwards. We currently have students as young as two years old studying with us, ranging all the way up to those about to go to university; Kumon helps children of any age and any ability. The sooner children begin, the earlier they can start developing skills to gain the greatest cumulative benefit; as soon as you feel your family is ready to make the commitment to long-term study, Kumon will be ready to help you achieve your goal.
Kumon offers much more than extra lessons and differs from traditional teaching in the classroom. Rather than preparing children for a particular test or assessment, Kumon empowers students to learn for themselves, through individualised instruction and carefully developed worksheets.
As well as developing key skills in maths and English, each Kumon student will work towards building their independent learning skills and confidence in their own abilities. This means that a Kumon student will not be dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others.
Kumon is a self-learning programme with each student receiving regular support from their Instructor. The carefully developed worksheets teach students how to find the answer for themselves, whilst their Instructor offers guidance when necessary. The key role of each Kumon Instructor is to observe their students working, either in the centre or their online class, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
Both, and every child in between. This is because of our individualised approach to education, which always asks the question: "What is best for this individual child?" Following a diagnostic test, a study plan is set to develop the ability of the child and to progress them beyond the Kumon International Standard (an international approximation of their school level) regardless of their starting point. Kumon welcomes students with special educational needs, gifted and talented children, and all those who believe they can achieve more and fulfil their potential.
As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. The primary aim of the Kumon Method is to develop independent learning skills. These independent learning skills enhance the students’ performance right across the school curriculum. Kumon operates at exactly the right level for each student – regardless of their age – ensuring that work set extends and develops their skills, confidence and ability.