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Top summer learning activities for elementary schoolers

Keep your fourth, fifth, or sixth grader sharp all summer with these fun brain boosters.

By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann

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Rev up reading

For your budding reader, encourage her to find new "book nooks" – in a tree, a cozy corner, or by the pool. (Favorite summer reads for this age: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, James and the Giant Peach, and A Week in the Woods.) Also, this is the right age to introduce your child to your local library’s summer reading club. Participants get a "passport" to log enough reading time for a prize. Another secret to get your child hooked on books? Try a book series, like these hidden gems for fourth through sixth grade readers

Even though your child can read by herself, don’t forget to continue reading together. Classics like Little Women or Where the Red Fern Grows are page-turning advanced reads that can help expand your child’s vocabulary and reading comprehension while listening to you read.

Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann is a freelance writer based in Detroit. She has written for  children's health and parenting magazines and blogs about both topics at Mom meets baby.

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