De Colores 2021
CHILDREN'S SPANISH SUMMER CAMP
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.
DeColores DAY 1
DAY 1 ART CONTEST
Congratulations to all our participants in the De Colores Spanish Summer Virtual Camp. We kicked off our first day with making a Shaker Art Project, singing and dancing to LaBamba, listening to the story of Ferdinand the Bull, and learning all about Jellyfishes (Medusas). Learning Spanish words has never been so much fun!
Keep coming for the rest of the week for your chance to win a Ferdinand the Bull Beanie (given to students who participate every day)! And remember prizes will be given to the top art projects and LaBamba videos!! GOOD LUCK everyone!
Singing and Dancing
It’s hard to imagine listening to the song LaBamba and not singing and dancing! We watched all the kids participate on ZOOM for this fun-filled summer week, and it was incredible fun to see all the excitement on their faces as they sang and danced with instructor, Michelle Maiers.
Fun moments of our 2019 De Colores Program
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De Colores Celebration
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.
Children from more than six surrounding suburbs come together for a week of fun and interactive activities.
This program introduces youngsters to speaking Spanish while also learning about Latin America and the Caribbean. The program is entering its fifth year and has been steadily growing. First Congregational United Church of Christ in Elmhurst is proud to be living out its mission to equip children to be Global Citizens.
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.