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On Friday, April 11, legislators from around the state of Oklahoma read to children in their district for Legislative Read Day. The goal of this event was to promote early literacy across the state in honor of Week of the Young Child. Each of the eight sites had legislators reading books to groups...
Frequently when attending a baby shower, I will include a gift to the parents.  It is a book written by Rosemary Wells titled Read To Your Bunny. Why give such a gift to parents?  The answer is based on numerous research projects that indicate the single most effective...
from Susan McVey, Director, Oklahoma Department of Libraries  Children prepare to read long before they enter school - early literacy is everything children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Early literacy is a baby who chews on a book, a toddler who...
A resource that can help children learn is something we can all use. The Center for Early Learning Literacy has developed some great tools and I thought I’d take a moment to highlight some of them. CELL representative, Allison Jones M.Ed., presented at our Annual Conference in August and shared...
The keynote speaker at last month’s Smart Start Oklahoma conference, Earl Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Read, gave some statistics that reminded me of why we must keep working for our children.   The statistics were: •35% of children entering kindergarten lack the basic language skills they...
Another blog coming to you from eyeonearlyeducation.org with a link to the newly released report commissioned by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) which includes a powerful message about the importance of early literacy. Read it here.