Start a Reading Club
Reading is an activity that should occur all year round but it can be made into a fun
summertime activity too. If each child doesn’t have their own library card yet, that is a
good place to start. While you are there, see if there is any summer reading programs
available to join. If there are, great sign-up the kids but if there isn’t start one of your
Most summer reading programs will focus on getting children to read as many stories as
they can in a set period of time. For younger children who can’t read yet, each book that
is read to them will count as one book towards the final tally. You may want to break the
program up into smaller chunks, either two-one month programs or hold one every two
Have the children keep a list of the name of the book they read and the day (or date range
if it is a chapter book). You may find that you are taking frequent trips to the library as
your kids are going through the books, but that is a great thing! This will teach children
to be responsible for their library books and the importance of taking care of things that
do not belong to them.
You can award prizes to the child with the most books read, something small like a
bookmark or you can take them to a book store to purchase a book that they can keep. If
you do decide to give out prizes, consider having small second and third place awards
too. Whenever children are showing an interest in reading your want to cultivate and
encourage it. Something as simple as a blue ribbon or a certificate printed from the
computer with their name on it saying they completed the reading contest will be fine.
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.