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Family Reading Time

Completing a Phrase (1:11)

Remembering the Story (1:23)

Asking Open-Ended Questions (1:22)

Asking Wh Questions(1:22)

Making Connections to the Story (1:31)


La hora de lectura en familia


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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 feature women and girls reading to children in English and Spanish using a variety of dialogic reading methods.


About the Project

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.


Credits for Family Reading Time/La hora de lectura en familia

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



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.

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