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Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do by Daniel T. Willingham

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Chapter 4Seeing Themselves as Readers before They Can Read

Raising a reader arguably begins and ends with motivation. If the child lacks decoding skills or the background knowledge to support comprehension, she’ll gain them through reading, and if she’s motivated, she’ll read.

In chapter 1, I noted that motivation is fueled by positive attitudes and a concept of oneself as a reader. But the catch is that your child needs to read (and to enjoy reading) to develop a positive attitude and a solid reading self-concept. In this chapter, we examine two strategies: ways you can improve reading attitudes and self-concept without your child reading and ways to get your child to choose reading as an activity.

Indirect Influences

Emotional attitudes—whether ...

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