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• Volunteer as a family. Anyone in the Houston area can go to www. and under “I want to” click on Volunteer in Houston. There, you can see the many opportunities available in our city across an array of services. • Practice the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle). Houston’s reputation is quickly growing for its approach to green initiatives. You can also launch a family container garden or create a natural table. • Pick berries, hike, catch bugs and bird watch. A few local places to visit include, Blackberries of Houston and the Houston Zoo. The City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department maintains 128 miles of trails in all parts of the city. The most accessible hiking trail in Houston is in Terry Hershey Park, a part of the larger Memorial Park system. For the more adventurous hikers, nature may have a few surprises in Brazos Bend Park. • Finger Paint, Sculpt with Clay, Dry Flowers, Make Jewelry or Playdough. The Museum of Fine Arts offers art instruction and every Sunday, offers a wonderful program for families: it’s ArtTime—Family Time. • Create a treasure hunt. The creative possibilities are endless, and the problem solving and teamwork skills involve and engage children of all ages. offers ample ideas and custom templates to create your own family hunt! • Produce a family musical and perform it, conduct a family talent show and host a dance party. Children love to show off their talents to anyone who will watch

them. Why not channel all that energy and enthusiasm into a family show! Visit www.melissaanddoug. com, the website offers wonderful tips for hosting a memorable family show. • Make mazes and puzzles, paint rocks and create a rock garden. Are you aware, Discount School Supply has the lowest prices on art and craft supplies for parents of young children. Check them out online for more artsy ideas! • Explore the neighborhood, fly kites and feed the ducks or geese. George Bush Park, Herman Park and Miller Outdoor Theater are great outdoor exploration destinations! As with most things your kids will have more fun if you participate and join in on the fun as a family. Summer’s short so get out, get wet, grubby, laugh and enjoy it. Don’t forget to capture your memories by daily journaling and photography - end your summer by creating a family memory book together! This type of parental involvement will truly last a lifetime as you teach your child invaluable life skills. Munir Shivji is the Head of The Innovative School in west Houston. He holds a MACTE accredited Early Childhood AMS (American Montessori Society) credential and an AMS Montessori Administrative credential from the Center for Montessori Education in New York. Munir also serves as Executive Director for The Institute of Montessori Education. Currently, Munir is as a Professional Director on the board of the American Montessori Society. 11

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