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”
Participants: PreK to 6th
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:00 - 6:30p.m.(YouTube premiere)
Chair: Kristen Tagg, Farmington Public Schools, firstname.lastname@example.org
Host: Marisa Lewis, South Windsor Public Schools Elementary World Language Program email@example.com
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.
Please see the below chart for Covid-friendly protocols.
Covid Friendly Protocols
We understand that under the conditions of Covid-19, many schools are not allowed to sing. There are numerous other ways to have your students participate. Here are some ideas:
- Traditional Children’s Games
- Nursery Rhymes
- Tongue Twisters
- Finger Play
Also consider the following:
- Recording several cohorts of students separately, then combining the segments into one video
- Recording while wearing masks is perfectly acceptable; it is a sign of the times.
- Recording with Distance Learners included
- Recording during recess time
- Recording at home
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.
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.
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 submit as many videos or rhymes as they would like as long as the duration of videos combined is 5 minutes or shorter. (Click here to access a sample / template.)
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.
Any world language that a child studies in a school program or learns outside of school.
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 make sure the slide is has the appropriate sharing settings so anyone with the link can view the presentation. Please see the example here.
A certificate template in the language recited will be emailed to each teacher. Teachers may print the certificates and present to their students.
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.
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.
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 as many videos or rhymes as they would like 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. Please make sure the sharing settings on the slides are so that anyone with the link can access the slide.
Please make sure that you have the right to use all materials in your videos. For example, do not use any copywritten songs or photographs without a license from the rights holder.