Summer Memory Jars
Instead of keeping a journal or starting a scrap book a child may be interested in making
their own memory jar from the summer. If all the memories will not fit into one jar they
may want to make several for special days or outings that happened during the summer
What you will need is a large clear glass jar with a lid. This can be used from an empty
pickle jar or other food container that is empty and has been cleaned out. If you are
having trouble getting the entire label off, you can use nail polish remover to dissolve the
glue and paper that is still stuck.
Have the child collect small mementos or other meaningful objects that will fit inside a
jar. They can be photographs, a special rock found, something they made, a friendship
bracelet, the options are really only limited to their imagination. A good example for a
day trip memory jar is one from the beach. Fill the bottom part of the jar with sand or
pebbles that were collected from the beach, add in some shells and other interesting finds.
Take a picture of your child at the beach and they can use it as a backdrop for the items.
As time goes on the children may want to open their jars, and rearrange them and as long
as they are careful with the glass that is fine. Put up a shelf in their room and they can
have a collection of memory jars. Put a label on the top of the jar with the date or date
range and the location of where the items were collected. These can be kept for years as
a lasting reminder of the fun they had growing up and going to special places with mom
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.