Keeping in Touch with Letters
This activity will require some planning before school is out and is meant for children
who are already reading and writing. With the help of the child’s teacher you can arrange
a pen pal system or get the mailing addresses of all the children in the class. This is
especially important if a child is going away for the summer to get the mailing address
where they will be.
What fun it is to receive mail from a friend. If a child is going away for the summer it
will keep them connected with their classmates and it can make the back to school
transition easier. In addition to keeping in touch it will help build children’s reading,
writing and communication skills.
If you weren’t able to get the addresses of your child’s classmates before school was out
it doesn’t mean you still can’t do this activity. If there are family members who are on
vacation or live far away have them write a letter to them.
Another fun way to spin this activity is to make a mailbox for every member of the
family that is positioned outside of their bedroom doors. Once a week, each person in the
family has to write a letter to another. It would be best to draw names for this activity so
no one gets left out without a letter. Put the name of the person on the envelope and one
child can play the part of mailman delivering the letters to the right mailboxes.
You can use a shoebox or a small cereal box that is decorated as the letter holder. Make
it authentic; give the mailman a bag to carry the letters around in as they make their
Let the children make their own stationary by decorating plain paper and envelopes – it
doesn’t have t be expensive or fancy.
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.