Look at short written phrases or signs with pictures.
Tell the child what the phrase or sign is about but don’t read the sign.
The child may ask what specific words say in the text.
Early childhood educators and parents can help children learn to use text context by reading certain words and asking children what the missing word says. For example, if the text says, “Do not touch,” the adult reads, “… not touch.” Point to the missing word and say what do you think this word says, “…not touch.” If children don’t know, read the phrase and point to each word as it is read.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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