Summer time is a break for children from lessons, homework and the everyday structure
that school provides. But if you let the children stray too much from this routine during
their summer break it can make the transition to school harder in the fall.
You do not have to make the children sit down every day to learn a lesson but you can
include summertime activities that are fun and are centered on learning. You can
purchase workbooks for children that are meant to be preparatory for the next grade level
at school and they are a great stepping stone. But you can have a conversation with the
child’s teacher at the end of the school year to determine what they need to work on and
choose some activities that will help develop those skills.
For young children entering kindergarten count and name everything around you. Read
and spell out street signs to help with letter recognition. Independence is the most
important skill you can teach children entering school for the first time. Encourage them
to clean up after themselves and put on their own coat and shoes just like they will at
For older children, use little chores or errands and learning tools. Have your child write
down your grocery list as you go through the cupboards. Have them pay for things with
their own money or figure out how much money they need to save for a special item.
School is a big part of a child’s life and you want them to be successful. Remember that
taking a break is part of that so don’t overwhelm them with learning in the summer. But
don’t let them forget the important skills that they worked hard to learn the year before.
Continued reading through the summer is the best preparation.
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.