School Is Out – Keeping the Kids Busy
It’s the end of June, school is out and the kids are ecstatic. You may be a bit
overwhelmed not knowing how you are going to entertain you children for the entire
summer. They are used to being in school for the majority of their days and now they are
free and clear to do as they please and it is up to you that they stay busy. Or is it?
Yes, children need activities to learn and have fun but it is also just important for them to
have some free play time too. So while you are planning all of the activities and outings
for them to participate in remember that they need some free play time too. Depending
on the age of your children and their level of independence the free play time may take
different forms. For younger children independent time will have to be supervised but
for older children it can be a nice break for both of you to let them play alone in their
room or outside in the yard.
Let your kids have a say in what goes on too. Have a couple of options ready; let them
help plan how you will spend the day. Letting your kids plan what goes on in the day is a
sure way to get their buy-in and participation. Just be sure that if there isn’t any wiggle
room in what you have planned for the day you make it clear from the beginning. When
there are choices (limit them to two to three) ask and when there isn’t a choice simply tell
them what is planned for the day.
A good balance between planned activities and free play or independent time will make
for a fun-filled summer for the kids and for you too.
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.