A Play-Based, Progressive French Immersion Program
Research shows that proficiently-bilingual children have better outcomes in many areas of cognitive development when compared to their monolingual counterparts, and our goal at Le Soleil is to unleash your little dove's potential!
Le Soleil School is a YLD Education Partner. Le Soleil Families receive access to exclusive Your Little Dove discounts online and in store and special perks like private events and classes.
Le Soleil School is a play-based, French immersion child care program open to children from infancy to preschool age, taking the best of Reggio Emelia, Montessori, and Waldorf educational approaches in an intentional and developmentally appropriate environment that uses at least 90% French. The foundation of Le Soleil's curriculum is inspired by the early learning of Reggio Emilia, Italy - a city which has created its own unique approach to early childhood education using four basic principles: Emergent Curriculum, In-Depth Projects, Representational Development, and Collaboration.
The Reggio classroom is referred to as the “third teacher” and much like the Montessori approach, great care is taken to construct an environment that allows for the easy exploration of various interests. Documentation of the growth of both Le Soleil students and teachers - displayed at a child's eye level - is an important to the Reggio Emilia approach ensuring children, parents, and teachers can measure progress over the year and can make changes to the curriculum as needed. Real items from home, such as dishware, tablecloths, plants, and animals, contribute to a comforting, “homey” classroom environment.
All Le Soleil Staff must pass language proficiency exams to confirm their French proficiency at the Advanced-Mid Level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Le Soleil teachers are trained to use ASL to help your child understand language even earlier and to transition from the language they speak at home with you to the language they use in child care. Babies have been shown to use sign language at much younger ages than they are able to produce speech, which makes it easier to communicate with your young child and understand their needs, regardless of the bilingual support.