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  • Nat’l Drop Everything and Read Day Friday

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  • 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.
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