Family Reading Time / La hora de lectura en familia

Research shows that having conversations with children during book reading can significantly improve their understanding of the book and build their early literacy skills. For children from multilingual households, spending time reading every day in both English and their first language can support their language and literacy development, as well as help maintain first language proficiency.

The Family Reading Time / La hora de lectura en familia video series was developed with support from the Windham Area Women and Girls Fund to provide multilingual families with tips for reading with young children. The videos listed below feature women and girls reading to children in English and Spanish using a variety of dialogic reading methods, as developed by Grover Whitehurst.

Completing a phrase 400x204Completing a Phrase (1:11)

This video demonstrates the COMPLETION prompt, where the adult asks the child to complete a word or a phrase or leaves a blank space when reading for the child to fill in. Encouraging children to complete words or phrases helps them to listen more intently to the story and to use language — both of which support their overall literacy development.
Recall 400x204Remembering the Story (1:23)

This video demonstrates the RECALL prompt, where adults ask children what they remember about different parts of the story.
Open-ended 400x204Asking Open-Ended Questions (1:22)

This video demonstrates the prompt for OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS, where the adult asks the child questions that do not have a simple yes or no answer. This gives the child the opportunity to use a lot of language, and the parent a chance to evaluate how well the child is understanding the story.
wh Prompts 400x204Asking Wh Questions (1:22)

This video demonstrates the prompt for WH- QUESTIONS (Who, What, Where, etc.). In this strategy, the adult may point to something in the picture and ask the child to name it. This helps children develop their vocabulary.
Distancing 400x204Making Connections to the Story (1:31)

This video demonstrates the DISTANCING prompt, where the adult asks the child questions to relate the book to something in his or her own life.
Completion Spanish 400x204Completando una frase (1:15)

This Spanish-language video demonstrates the COMPLETION prompt, where the adult asks the child to complete a word or a phrase or leaves a blank space when reading for the child to fill in. Encouraging children to complete words or phrases helps them to listen more intently to the story and to use language—both of which support their overall literacy development.
Recall Spanish 400x204Recordándo el cuento (1:36)

This Spanish-language video demonstrates the RECALL prompt, where adults ask children what they remember about different parts of the story.
Open-ended Spanish 400x204Haciendo preguntas abiertas (1:17)

This Spanish-language video demonstrates the prompt for OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS, where the adult asks the child questions that do not have a simple yes or no answer. This gives the child the opportunity to use a lot of language, and the parent a chance to evaluate how well the child is understanding the story.
wh Prompts Spanish 400x204Haciendo preguntas de qué, quién, dónde, y porqué (1:45)

This Spanish-language video demonstrates the prompt for WH- QUESTIONS (Who, What, Where, etc.). In this strategy, the adult may point to something in the picture and ask the child to name it. This helps children develop their vocabulary.

Family Reading Time was developed under the Dialogic Reading for Multilingual Families project. The project provided training to multilingual families, including high school students, on the importance of continuing to read to children in their first language. Trainings also included information on dialogic reading strategies for fostering oral language during book reading. Interested families volunteered to be videotaped reading to their children.
The Center for Early Childhood Education thanks the Windham Area Women and Girls Fund of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut for supporting this project.
Producer: Julia DeLapp
Director and Editor: Denise Matthews
Production Coordinator and Editing Consultant: Ken Measimer
Content Expert: Ann Anderberg
Videographers: Ken Measimer, Sean Leser (Eastern student), Amy Dillon (Eastern student)
Narrators: Luz Ramos, Denise Matthews, Anny Ovalle (Eastern student)
Translation: Maria Jose Pastor, Maria Martinez (Eastern student)
Photography: William Black