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Fight summer brain fatigue

Five ways to keep kids engaged and enlightened over the summer break.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Littlest book club

Since reading is such a solitary activity, one way to make it feel more social, and thus more enjoyable, is by scheduling a regular time for your child and one or two of their closest friends — or siblings — to shoot the breeze over an age-appropriate book. Younger kids will need parents to oversee the meetings and ask questions to keep them on track.

No time to meet face-to-face? Make it an email meeting.

For tips on how to lead this social coup, see “It's not just for Oprah: Book clubs for kids.”

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