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Completing a Phrase

Family Reading Time Series

Research shows that having conversations with children during book reading can significantly improve their understanding of the book and build their early literacy skills. One way to increase conversation is to ask children questions during book reading, using dialogic reading prompts such as those developed by Grover Whitehurst. 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.

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