2023 De Colores
Children's Spanish Camp
July 31 - Aug 4
9 AM - 1 PM
CHILDREN'S SPANISH SUMMER CAMP
Using stories that stem from Latin America and the Caribbean, children learn of the rich heritage of others. Stories are shared using dual language (English and Spanish) and come to life by sharing customs, food and art.
One of the major goals of global outreach is to teach children the importance of being good global neighbors. Through age appropriate educational presentations and art projects, children learn from other communities in Latin America and the Caribbean on how their actions right here in the Chicagoland area can make a difference in our world.
Our music component is one of the most popular among the children that participate in our De Colores program. Spanish is learned through songs and rhythm. Percussion instruments such as congas, maracas and many others are infused into the learning. This engages children into an authentic cultural experience.
Each summer craft projects, that incorporate recycled materials are carried out by the children participating in De Colores. These daily projects are linked to our global outreach theme to help children make global connections.
Learning to speak Spanish in a fun, non-stressful environment allows children to grow a love for language. Using real life situations to teach Spanish is one of De Colores’ most successful attributes. Year after year parents register their youngster for this amazing global experience.
After an exciting week-long adventure children participating in De Colores carry out a special presentation for their families and friends during First Congregational’s 10:00 am De Colores Sunday Service Celebration. In age appropriate age groups children share what they have learned through singing and presentations, culminating with a delicious ice cream social.
De Colores Past Years Videos
De Colores 2022
We celebrated a great summer with over 100 students registered for our De Colores program! Watch the video to see some of the fun that our youth experienced for a whole week!
De Colores 2021
We celebrated a great DeColores program with over 80 children registered and 35 volunteers helping!
The children learned all about farms, animals, crops, and so much more! Art, Music, Storytelling, and Global Outreach made up the classes that each child was participating in.
See below for some great videos and photo slideshows of our 2021 Summer program!
De Colores 2020
For the first time, De Colores conducted its first Summer Camp virtually. Under the direction of Martha Mendoza and the Production/Technical direction of Jim Molina, we worked with over 50 children each day from Aug. 3 – Aug. 7 Children learned Spanish through song, dance, storytelling, art, and games! Our instructors included Michelle Maiers (music), Lynette Rosen and Amarelis Morales (art), Martha Mendoza and Dorothy Hamby (story telling), and Martha Mendoza as Zoom Host and narrator for Global Awareness. Students uploaded pictures of their art work and videos of their dancing and singing. De Colores is a part of the First Congregational UCC, Elmhurst Children’s program.
De Colores 2019
De Colores Sunday at First Congregational culminated with fun performances of our youth that were involved in the program. Enjoy this fun video of some fun and memorable moments this past week at First Congregational UCC, Elmhurst. Program led by Martha Mendoza.