Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Ecole Du Soleil summer camp has unfortunately been canceled.
6 weeks of French, fun & field trips!
June 15-July 24, 2020
Registration has been canceled.
$375 – full week
(early bird: $350 before 05/01)
$260 – part time (any 3 days/week)
(early bird: $235 before 05/01)
$95 – single day
*Registration fees apply
Ecole du Soleil
Los Feliz Main Campus
4155 Russell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
9:00am – 3:30pm
(free optional daycare: starts at 7:30am ends at 5:30pm)
Ecole du Soleil
Fun & smart! The perfect vacation for your kids!
Ecole du Soleil runs for 6 weeks beginning Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 24, 2020 on our Los Feliz campus.
La Petite Ecole du Soleil is for campers in preschool (born in 2017) & pre-kindergarten (born in 2016).
La Grande Ecole du Soleil is for entering kindergarten-5th graders.
L’Ecole du Soleil offers a bustling daily schedule and a watchful counseling staff.
Our objective is to introduce children to the French language and culture at an early age while they still have a linguistic openness to easily learn a second language. Their adaptability, their lack of inhibition, and, above all, their ability to reproduce any sound accurately will help them learn a second language with great ease. We provide a unique learning context in which your children will learn at their own pace in a fun, genuine, French summer camp environment.
French classes are taught by a group of highly-experienced teachers accredited by the French ministry of education. Previous exposure to French is not required.
Ecole du Soleil is an extension program of the International School of Los Angeles (LILA).
The Los Feliz Campus is a licensed daycare center by the State of California.
Petite Ecole du Soleil
Preschool & pre-k campers
(2-4 year olds)
A day at camp: preschool & pre-k campers
|9:15-10:00||Activities in French (please see activities section for details)|
|10:00-10:30||Snack and recess|
|10:30-11:15||Activities in French|
|11:15-12:00||Activities in French|
|12:00-12:45||Lunch and outdoor play time|
|1:45-2:30||Activities in French|
|2:30-2:45||Snack and recess|
|2:45-3:30||Activities in French|
Open to 2 to 4-year-olds (born in 2017 & 2016) who will be attending preschool and pre-kindergarten in 2020-2021. The children must be potty trained and have prior experience in a day care environment. The goal of Petite Ecole du Soleil is to introduce the French language through day-to-day activities: greetings, colors, fruits, and days of the week, to name a few. Mornings will focus on the acquisition of the French language. The afternoons will consist of various fun activities including games, arts, crafts, sports, singing, and reading. The program will also help young campers gain social skills.
This program also focuses on social-emotional learning and helps children gain social skills through everyday interactions. Each week children will be introduced to a new theme. The French teacher will plan sessions and activities accordingly and let children explore & learn about the theme throughout the week.
Fun activities are still being firmed up but in the meantime, take a look at last year’s themes below:
Week 1 – Les animaux / Amimals
This week we’ll learn about the wonderful creatures that live on our planet. We’ll do various animal arts and crafts, read stories, sing songs and more
Week 2 – L’Afrique, L’Asie, L’Oceanie / Africa, Asia, Oceania
Come explore far off lands with us. We’ll learn about the animals, plants, and people from these 3 great continents
Week 3 – Les contes de fées: princes & princesses / Fairy Tales: Princes & Princesses
There will be so much fun to be had this week, using our imaginations, costumes and pretend play to become princes and princesses. Lots of coloring and arts and crafts too
Week 4 – Le monde des mers / The World of the Sea
Let’s dive deep into the beautiful blue ocean and learn all about the amazing fish and other animals that live in the sea
Week 5 – l’alimentation / Food
It’s all about a Food and Nutrition theme! Children love this theme because the learning opportunities are endless. Preschoolers are naturally curious about the world around them and you can tap into that curiosity regarding food by teaching the importance of making healthy eating choices.
Math: one-on-one correspondence, recognizing numbers, and counting in French.
Fine Motor Skills: using a pencil, learning how to write letters, and drawing.
Art: mixing colors, cutting, gluing, and discovering forms, and textures.
Sports: developing fine and gross motor skills as well as coordination through:
ball games, soccer, grasping, throwing
Music: new vocabulary and rhymes through French songs.
Grande Ecole du Soleil
K to 5th grade campers
|9:00-10:00||Activities (please see activities section for details)|
|10:00-10:15||Snack and Recess|
Wednesdays: all day field trip
Summer Camp Activities
French classes (M,T,TH,F):
Designed to teach the fundamentals of the French language (and/or to maintain the knowledge of French), the classes take place four times a week for two periods of 75 minutes each and are taught by accredited French teachers. The objective of this program is to introduce children to the French language and culture at an early age, when they still have a linguistic openness to easily learn a second language.
The curriculum promotes the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The classes are designed for both beginners and intermediate French speakers.
Monday: Improv & Art
Improv: SODE’s Comedic Improv is the perfect class to polish off your funny bone. In this class, students will have the opportunity to let loose, get silly, and create hilarious and memorable characters and scenes. They will learn skills that will make them more confident, creative, and help them think more quickly on their feet. Through guided improvisation exercises, students will strengthen their sense of humor and comedic timing. SODE’s Comedic Improv is a fun class for aspiring comics and for students who just want to have a good time.
Art Class: Get ready for a colorful adventure into the art world this summer! Creative Creatures & Co. will be bringing some amazing art projects to our campers in the form of printmaking, ceramics, drawing & painting, mixed media, and so much more! Explore colorful materials, learn to use the most imaginative art tools, and get a little messy along the way. Campers will walk away with a serious number of smiles, creativity overflow, and a desire to continue discovering their newfound talents.
Tuesday: Soccer, Dance & Magic / Percussions
Soccer: Training with official and highly experienced PSG Academy LA coaches, campers will learn the fundamentals of soccer and improve their skills in an enriching environment. These classes are educational and recreational, enhancing the natural development of players, all while having fun!
Dance: SODE Summer Dance lets students experience a different dance genre each week in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Whether it’s Hip Hop or Bollywood, each class will focus on creative expression, choreography, and especially having fun! By using a traditional dance warm-up, across-the-floor exercises, games and choreography, SODE Summer Dance will teach aspiring dancers all the basics while having fun.
Magic (weeks 1, 2 & 3): Presented by SODE School of Performing Arts, Magic Masters is the perfect magic class for any kid. A place for your children to learn magic tricks, develop self-esteem, acquire new skills, and enhance their performing skills. In this class, campers are given the chance to peek behind the curtain, peer into the top hat, and explore the wonderful world of magic!
Percussions (weeks 4, 5 & 6): There’s nothing more exhilarating than being part of a drum circle. Not only does drumming help release emotions but it energizes, inspires, and even encourages community building, all while creating beautiful percussive sounds. SODE‘s 2020 Drum Circle theme is “Creation.” This year, our students will explore their creative side by composing their own rhythmic songs, play with sounds and tempo using instruments from around the world, and dive into team building drumming exercises to promote self-esteem and performance.
Wednesday: All Day Field Trip
Every Wednesday, campers will participate in exciting field trips such as:
– Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena
– Underwood Family Farms, Moorpark
– Peterson Automotive Museum and Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
– California Science Center, Los Angeles
(please note that field trips may vary due to availability and weather forecast)
French classes will be held in the mornings on Fridays.
Pizza will be served for lunch followed by bouncy houses and water slides/games on the soccer field. Towels and swimsuits are not necessary. Students will be wet, but are usually dry by pick up time since all water play ends at 2:30pm. You may send your camper with a swimsuit and towel if you prefer.
Every one of our on-site staff members and activity instructors is committed to providing a high quality educational and recreational experience for campers.
Our French teachers are native French speakers who teach French during the regular school year. Staff members provide a safe atmosphere where children celebrate and appreciate themselves, while celebrating and appreciating others. All staff are qualified, experienced educations in school and camp environments. All employees are background checked and hold CPR & first-aid certifications.
Personal references are available upon request.
Ecole du Soleil Coordinator
Born in Ohio and raised in France, Morgan has grown up in a bilingual and bicultural environment. Her love for teaching brought her to Los Angeles, where she completed 12 Early Childhood Education units at UCLA. She joined the International School of Los Angeles (LILA) team 12 years ago as a student supervisor, Teacher’s Assistant in kindergarten and camp coordinator. Whether it be the vacation camps throughout the school year or the annual summer camp, Morgan has been involved in all activities from teaching to art, sports and field trips. Since August 2013, Morgan has served as the Afterschool Activities Coordinator for all 5 LILA campuses.
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Ecole du Soleil Founder and Director
Lyesse Tsamen is a consultant. Lyesse is the Founder and CEO of Bridges Education Consulting, an education services consulting company. He has over 20 years of experience in education services and after-school programs and camps in France and the United States. He is the creator of “Ecole du Soleil.” Prior to forming Bridges Education Consulting, Lyesse was the Director of Activities and Athletics at the International School of Los Angeles for 15 years. Lyesse continues to oversee the Activities and Athletics for the International School of Los Angeles on a consultant basis. Lyesse holds a BA in History and two Master’s degrees in Political Sciences and Information/Communication from Université de Versailles-SQY and Lyon III, France. Lyesse was born in North Africa and grew up in France. He is fluent in French, English, and Arabic. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three year old son and 1 and half year old daughter.
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For more information about Ecole du Soleil please contact Morgan Pladys by email or by phone (323) 480-4147.