Stand for Children Oklahoma encourages Oklahomans to observe National Drop Everything and Read Day Stand for Children Oklahoma, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every child has the support and tools they need to succeed, is encouraging Oklahomans to observe National Drop Everything and Read Day on Friday to engage children and keep them excited about reading and learning.
“Reading is one of the most important skills to develop, because it provides a solid foundation for continued learning,” said Brian Hunt, executive director of Stand for Children Oklahoma. “It is important for parents to set the expectation for their child to be a life-long learner and for them to instill a love of learning in their children early on to set them up for a lifetime of success.” Here are a few ways to celebrate National Drop Everything and Read Day with your child:
Read to your child. While they are learning, take turns reading paragraphs or pages together and help them work out the words they might not know. Read early and often, and once you find out what they are interested in, focus on books with those topics to keep them interested in reading and learning.Talk with your child. When you talk with your children about everyday experiences, you are helping your child build their vocabulary and connect the world with words. Take them on trips to the library and museum or go on walks in the park.Act out your child’s favorite stories. When you find a story or topic your child loves, have them act out different scenes or scenarios using props and costumes. Join them in playtime to encourage their learning and creativity.Encourage your child to ask questions. It is important to encourage your child to ask questions so they can develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.