A Journal for all Ages
By encouraging children to keep a journal they will benefit from writing down their
emotions and what they have been doing all summer. They will also improve their
writing skills and be ready for that assignment that is given out at the beginning of every
school year - an essay on what they did for the summer break.
The journal itself can be a store bought notebook, an actual journal or some loose-leaf
paper bound together. The form isn’t what is important; it is getting the children in the
habit of writing in it every day. This won’t be for all children but those that show an
interest should be encouraged to develop a routine with it.
If they don’t know what to write about, provide them with journal prompts. Some
examples can include:
* Describe things that make me: sad, angry, happy, etc
* What would it be like if you were a: kitten, leaf, waterfall, etc.
* Write about a favorite activity or object
* Goals, what you will do in 1 year, 3 years, etc
* A log of what happened during the day and how you felt
* What you want to do tomorrow
For younger children that cannot write on their own, encourage them to draw a picture of
something that happened during the day. And then when they are done have them tell
you what they want to be written on their journal page. The picture they draw doesn’t
have to be of what happened; the same journal prompts listed above could be used too.
A variation for this activity is to start a family journal. Have one journal for the entire
family and they each have to write one page in it every night. It would be a great idea if
the page each person writes is about the same topic, but it doesn’t have to be done that
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.