De Colores 2021

CHILDREN'S SPANISH SUMMER CAMP

De Colores In-Person Children’s Conversational Spanish Camp

Monday, August 2nd through Friday, August 6th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We are so excited to be carrying out our De Colores Camp in person again. Children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade will enjoy a unique way of learning Spanish through Storytelling, Conversation, and much more. This year’s theme is Vengan A La Granja, Come to the Farm. 
 
Due to Covid-19, we will have limited space in the camp this year. So don’t wait and register your child(ren) now! 

Registration is now open for this special children’s Camp that uniquely combines learning Spanish and experiencing Latin America right here in Elmhurst.

Children entering Kindergarten – 5th grade will learn Spanish in age appropriate groups using music, art, storytelling and much more. Lunch is included!

This Camp is being carried out by First Congregational United Church of Christ, 235 S. Kenilworth Avenue, centrally located in Elmhurst near downtown.

Space is Limited!

Early Bird registration until July 16th – $135.00 per child
Regular registration July 17th through August 2nd – $150.00 per child
Family Discount – $25 off for each additional sibling registered
Register here online or call the office at 630-832-2580

Muchas Gracias for your completed registration. Please mark the dates of the program on your family calendar 8-2 thru 8-6, 2021. Children should come with their masks on, their very own water bottle ( no glass, please), gym shoes(closed-toed), and a beach towel and sunscreen since some of our activities will be on the church lawn.
 
We are looking for Parent volunteers that can commit to the entire week of the camp. If you would like to be considered, please contact our volunteer coordinator Margaret Bixler at margaret.bixler@gmail.com.
By volunteering the entire week, we will discount you $35.00 from the fee you have paid.
 
We are so excited to have your child(ren) be a part of our in-person camp this summer.
Senora Mendoza

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!

DAY 2 ART CONTEST

On our second day of camp, our young artists were taught how to create a flower out of tissue and some unique coloring elements such as strawberries, blueberries, and other fruit.

DAY 3 ART CONTEST

On our third day of camp, our excited campers created their very own version of Ferdinand the Bull. See how creative these young artists are! Such a great variety of style and craft!

DAY 4 ART CONTEST

Our 4th day brought out the crayons and drawing paper as our young artists worked on a fun project we call “Scruffle Drawings”

DAY 5 ART CONTEST

On Day 5 our talented young artists created their very own flowers. If you recall, Ferdinand loved to smell flowers all day long and now our DeColores campers get to remember the story with some personalized art work that was created this week!

LaBamba Videos

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.

2020 Videos

Storytelling

Shaker Art

LaBamba

Storytelling

Tissue Flower

LaBamba

Storytelling

Ferdinand Bull

LaBamba

Storytelling

Scruffle Drawing

Storytelling

Shaker Art

Fun moments of our 2019 De Colores Program

Click on a picture to see full sized smiles!

De Colores 2019
Over 50 children and 25 volunteers signed up for the summer of 2019
The Marimba
Children learn to play the marimba in music class.
Lunch Time
Lunch time is a great time for new friendships
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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.

OUR PROGRAM

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.

Storytelling

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.

Global Outreach

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.

Music

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.

Crafts

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.

Conversation

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.

Sunday Celebration

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.

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