FRED, another name for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s “Families Reading Every Day” project will be featured this summer at all WIC Clinics in Austin County and the Gordon Memorial Library in Sealy.
With the current situation related to COVID-19, reading together as a family might be easier than ever as life has “slowed down” a little. The program is scheduled to start July 1 and program information was available at select locations starting June 1. You can sign up at the FRED website before June 30 to participate; https://fch.tamu.edu/fred/.
Maybe call up other family members with a video chat option and read with them. Also, consider finding options online and through social media with videos of celebrities reading, or astronauts reading from space.
Watch and listen together and count it for your FRED time. Some communities even have book sharing options that can be accessed while practicing social distancing. In addition, there are a lot of fun ideas in the FRED Family Guide. Finally, contact your local library to find out their library check out procedures and choose books your child likes. Children are more inclined to listen and follow along with stories they enjoy. As your child grows older, allow him or her to select some of the books you will read together. Questions can be directed to County Extension Agent Michelle Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-865-2072.
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