5 weeks of French and fun!

June 20 – July 22, 2022
(no camp on July 4)

Registration*

$450 – full week
(early bird: $400 before 05/01)

*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 8:00am and ends at 5:00pm)

Driving to Camp
It is imperative that everyone abide by the traffic rules on and around campus. When driving through the residential streets to or from camp, please drive slowly, pay close attention to the road, and be mindful of pedestrians and other vehicles. There is a 15mph speed limit on Russell Ave (the street leading to camp), and special attention should be given on the hill. The on-campus speed limit is 5mph. Please make sure to pass along this message to anyone who drops off or picks up your camper(s). We appreciate your commitment to everyone’s safety, and we thank you for helping us be respectful and courteous neighbors!

Ecole du Soleil

Fun and smart! The perfect vacation for your kids!

Ecole du Soleil runs for 5 weeks from Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 22, 2022 on our Los Feliz campus. Camp is closed on July 4.

La Petite Ecole du Soleil is for campers entering preschool and pre-kindergarten in fall 2022.

La Grande Ecole du Soleil is for campers entering kindergarten-5th grade in fall 2022.

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. 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.

All details below are representative of past Ecole du Soleil offerings and are subject to change for 2022.

Petite Ecole du Soleil
Preschool & pre-K campers
(2-4 year olds)

A day at camp: preschool & pre-K campers

8:00-9:00 Daycare
9:00-9:15 Morning routine
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
12:45-1:45 Nap time
1:45-2:30 Activities in French
2:30-2:45 Snack and recess
2:45-3:30 Activities in French
3:30-5:00 Daycare

Open to 2 to 4-year-olds who will be attending preschool and pre-kindergarten in fall 2022. 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 previous years’ themes below:

Week 1 – Les animaux / Animals
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 three 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.

Activities

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.

Most details below are representative of past Ecole du Soleil offerings and are subject to change for 2022.

Grande Ecole du Soleil
K to 5th grade campers

Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00 Daycare
9:00-10:00 Activities (please see activities section for details)
10:00-10:15 Snack and Recess
10:15-11:15 Activities
11:15-12:15 Activities
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 French
2:00-2:15 Recess
2:15-3:30 French
3:30-5:00 Daycare

Summer Camp Activities

French classes

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.

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.

Sports, Dance & Magic / Percussions

Sports: Training with highly experienced coaches, campers will learn the fundamentals of a variety of sports 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: 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: 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.

All Day Field Trips

Ecole Du Soleil will follow all current International School of Los Angeles health and safety protocols. Although we anticipate being able to offer our traditional all-day field trips come June, they are not guaranteed as part of the 2022 K-5th camp experience as they are not allowed under the School’s COVID-19 Safety Plan at this time.

Fun-filled Friday

There will be bouncy houses and water slides/games on the soccer field. While towels and swimsuits are not necessary, you may send your camper with a swimsuit and towel if you prefer. Students will be wet, but are usually dry by pickup time since all water play ends at 2:30pm.

Our Staff

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 educators in school and camp environments. All employees undergo background checks and hold CPR and first-aid certifications.

Personal references are available upon request.

For more information about Ecole du Soleil, please contact Benjamin Nemser, After-School Activities & Vacation Camps Manager, by email or by phone at 323-480-4147.

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