Day camp offers opportunity to learn Spanish

Published 10:30 pm Friday, May 27, 2011

Learning a new language can be fun, which is something Melissa Fridlin of Deep South Language Services in Troy hopes to impress upon children during the upcoming Spanish Camp this summer.

The camp is being made available for rising grades one through six and will be the first camp Fridlin said she has offered.

“We’re going to be doing a bunch of fun activities,” Fridlin said. “Each day is going to be a different theme.”

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Spanish Camp is a five-day camp, which Fridlin says is organized to provide an authentic Spanish experience.

“One day we’re going to talk about food and do some food preparation and integrate the Spanish into that,” Fridlin said. “One day we’ll talk about colors, numbers, sports and many other things. We’ll do a bunch of activities and integrate the vocabulary. We’ll also do quite a bit of music.”

Fridlin said the curriculum she works with has songs that go with it, which she said helps children to remember vocabulary.

“One of the things about taking Spanish when you’re young is children can really absorb it well at that age,” Fridlin said. “At a young age, the songs give them that exposure to a language that’s becoming more and more important to know.”

Fridlin said the environment of the camp would be an atmosphere of constant teaching, because all the volunteers and helpers are bilingual.

Fridlin said she has already received positive feedback from parents regarding the upcoming camp, many of whom feel it’s a great way for their children to spend a week of summer.

“I think parents are looking for fun things for their kids to do and really like the idea of their children being able to learn something really useful while having fun,” Fridlin said.

Spanish Camp will be from June 13 – 17, and there’s a half-day and full-day payment option.

There are two half-day options, one from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon option from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., at $175 and $225 for the full-day option (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

For more information about possible discount pricing and camp location, please call Melissa Fridlin at (334) 372-9270.