RHYME CELEBRATION

About the Celebration

The Rhyme Celebration is an annual event open to PreK-6 students whose teachers are members of CT COLT. Its purpose is to promote children’s enthusiasm for studying world languages and cultures. The emphasis is on getting together and celebrating rhymes in many languages, not on competition.

Students work with their teachers to memorize a rhyme from the target culture and then present this rhyme, on stage, at an event with all schools who are participating in attendance.

Rhymes may include nursery rhymes, finger play, songs that rhyme, short rhyming games or tongue twisters. Most rhymes will be culturally traditional. Props, costumes, and body language are encouraged and should be related to the theme.

Any PreK-6 student enrolled in FLES, FLEX, ESOL, ASL, Bilingual, Immersion, Heritage, Language Camps and After School Language Programs from Connecticut and beyond, are invited to participate in the CT COLT Rhyme Celebration.

2021: Theme:  “Global Friendship”

Location:  Virtual

Participants:  PreK to 6th

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:00 - 6:30p.m.(YouTube premiere) 

Chair: Kristen Tagg, Farmington Public Schools,  taggk@fpsct.org

Host: Marisa Lewis, South Windsor Public Schools Elementary World Language Program lewism@ctcolt.org

Deadline: Friday, April 2, 2021, for submitting the video or the videos, Student Registration Forms, and the slide(s) with rhyme text (see sample here of a slide presentation with the rhyme text).

Cost: Free for CT COLT members. No additional fees for this virtual event.  Click here to join CT COLT.

What is the purpose of the event?

To promote children’s enthusiasm for studying world languages and  cultures. The emphasis is on getting together and celebrating rhymes in many  languages - not on competition, hence no prizes. 

Who can participate?

Elementary Students (Pre-K to 6th grade) in FLES, FLEX, ESOL, ASL, Bilingual,  Immersion, Heritage, Language Camps and After School Language Programs from CT  and beyond, are invited to participate in the COLT RHYME CELEBRATION.

How do I and my students participate?

Each participating teacher chooses a rhyme from the target culture for their students to perform on video. This rhyme can be from the curriculum or something that is used in class. In addition to submitting the video for the celebration, teachers will also submit a written text of the rhyme including graphics on a slide.  Each district can turn in 2-3 videos as long as the duration of videos combined is 5 minutes or shorter. (Click here to access a sample / template.)

What rhyme do we choose?

These may be nursery rhymes, finger play, songs that rhyme, short rhyming games or tongue twisters. Most rhymes will be culturally traditional. We encourage props, costumes and body language. We suggest you follow the theme.  Whichever rhyme you choose, you will be asked to submit the text on a slide in addition to the video.  Here is a sample slide.

What languages can participate?

Any world language that a child studies in a school program or learns outside of school.  

What is the video and how long should it be? What else do I submit?

Please create a video that shows yours students sharing their "rhyme."  There is a district limit of 5 minutes of recorded video, regardless of the number of participants. Districts may submit more than one video but they can not be longer than five minutes when combined together. Due date for the video: Friday, April, 2, 2021.  Districts must also submit a slide with the text for the video.  Please see the example here

Will my students receive a certificate?

 A certificate template in the language recited will be emailed to each teacher. Teachers may print the certificates and present to their students. 

How will I receive the video and link?

The video with all school's videos and slides with text for the songs will be emailed to participants. There will be a YouTube premiere on  Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 5:00-6:30p.m.  

How many students can participate?

Student/District Limits: There is no limit on the number of students participating in the virtual Rhyme Celebration. Please note that parents/guardians of  all students appearing in the video must complete and sign a Student Registration Form.

How do I upload my video, Student Registration Forms, and slide(s)?

Please visit this link.   When you upload your video, you will also be asked to upload a slide with the text for the rhyme.  Each district can turn in 2-3 videos as long as the duration of videos combined is 5 minutes or shorter.  Each video should have its own slide with the text from the rhyme. Here is a sample of a slide

How do I register?

Registration: Please submit your five-minute student video, Student Registration Forms, and slide with the words and graphics on our registration site by Friday, April 9.  Translation is not required. Please include graphics to help convey the meaning of the rhyme.

Whom do I contact with questions?

Please direct any questions to Kristen Tagg taggk@fpsct.org

Laura Shahinian Kara

MS. L.Ac., Diplomate NCCAOM

I can’t stop talking about the show. Our children were terrific! What a great message to teach them. Thank you to all who were involved, especially their teachers. You all did an incredible job! I found myself tearing up several times! What a great way to bring all these kids together.