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

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Chapter 7Preventing a Motivation Backslide

In the introduction, I cited a depressing statistic: although the average child’s attitude toward reading is positive in early elementary school, it gets more negative year by year. By puberty, the typical kid is indifferent toward reading or even feels a bit negative. The early elementary years, when children are still mostly positive about reading, is the time to think about how to prevent this decline.

What’s Happening at School

In the early elementary years, children begin to read themselves, not just to listen to others read to them. In addition, they have a classroom of other kids to whom they might compare their reading achievement. These constitute new contributors to reading self-concept ...

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