Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Like Father, Like Daughter

More about kids imitating adults—the good, the bad, and the ugly. So I learned to read before I went off to Kindergarten. After all my father read all the time. My mother didn’t read quite as much but she still read a lot.

We had books, books, and more books plus magazines and newspapers all over the place. I thought my parents were terrific so I wanted to do what they did. And I learned to read.

Now my father, however, wasn’t crazy about math. So when he went off to college, he convinced the Dean to excuse him from taking the required Math 101.

When I had trouble in arithmetic, he told me that story. Well, guess what? I’m still not very good at even simple math and nearly flunked algebra and geometry in high school. Forget math in college!

It’s just another story about kids imitating adults. He didn’t like math so I didn’t bother with it either.

And speaking of motivating kids to learn, don’t forget about my free TeleChat, “All About Reading” on Wednesday evening, October 4, at 6 pm mountain time (5 pm pacific, 7 pm central, and 8 pm eastern.  And yes, even motivation, is a brain-based learning strategy.

Go here for more information and to register:

P.S. While you’re at it, pass the word to other folks who care about children and reading—teachers, parents, anybody who works with kids. I’d love to “see” you on the TeleChat.

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