French and Spanish Language, Culture and History Camps at James Monroe’s Highland
Speak! and The International School of Charlottesville (ISC) are thrilled to announce our French and Spanish camps for kids at Monroe’s idyllic farm, (Ash Lawn) Highland. The combination of gorgeous outdoor learning and play spaces (formal gardens, endless lawns, vegetable, flower and herb gardens) and both historic and modern indoor spaces (event barn, pavilion, kitchen/craft rooms, Monroe’s house and out-buildings) make for an ideal summer camp setting. Each camp will integrate language learning with history, nature and culture exploration – i.e. we’ll learn and practice house vocabulary, design our own house with masking tape in the giant barn, then tour Monroe’s actual home in French and Spanish; we’ll get to know the farm’s animals while talking about them in the target language; we’ll learn about vegetables and herbs, go outside to pick/harvest them, cook something yummy in the farm’s kitchen (or in the hearth with the help of a Highland interpreter) and then devour our edible creations! At the end of each week, children will display their artistic creations and/or perform songs and dances learned during camp.
Note: This camp is extra special because we’ll have Spanish and French camps going on simultaneously. Though they’ll be with their chosen language group for much of the time, children will also be exposed to the other tongue throughout the week, during free play and historic activities with Highland.
Summer 2018 Camps
Ages: 4-10 years
Languages: French or Spanish, no previous exposure required! These camps will be taught in an immersion style (i.e. avoiding English, lots of repetition and gesturing), though instructors will adapt accordingly to each child’s level of comfort and familiarity. Should camps have a mixture of levels (newbies and fluent kids), we will divide the kids into two separate groups for many of the small-group activities, such that newbies aren’t overwhelmed and kids used to immersion get just that!
2018 Camp Dates and Times : Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
Drop off between 8:45-9am; pick between 3-3:15pm).
- June 18-22
- June 25-29
- July 9-13
- July 16-20
- $325 (any one week of camp)
- $625, any two weeks of camp (or for two siblings, per week)
- $900, any three weeks of camp (or for three siblings, per week).
*Financial Aid available. Apply here.
LUCIA CAYCEDO (June camps)
A native of Colombia, South America, Lucia has been teaching Spanish to children at the International School of Charlottesville (ISC) sincce 2008, just after moving to Charlottesville. She graduated as an Occupational Therapist from University of Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Bogota. Since 1992 when she arrived to the USA, Lucia has also worked as a medical interpreter in Alabama and Virginia as well as a Spanish teacher substitute for middle and high school in both states. Lucia is also trained with “Radiant Child Yoga” and plans to incorporate some daily yoga into her summer camps. Her sense of team work, patience, happiness, creativity and her kindness are the assets that will guarantee that your child will have a very valuable and unforgettable experience at Highland.
SOPHIE PARSON (July camps)
Raphaëlle Denat (June camps)
Raphaëlle (a.k.a. ´Raffi ´) was born and raised in France, After graduating from the University of Bordeaux, she moved to Australia where she spent 3 years, first as an aupair in Sydney for a family of 4 kids, then in a campervan in which she traveled around the continent. She worked in various places along the way, even volunteering in a kangaroo orphanage, and finally moved back to Sydney where she finished her studies and met her future husband. She moved to Charlottesville August 2017, and has been teaching at the International School of Charlottesville ever since. Raffi enjoys painting and sewing, playing music, and especially cheese and wine.
Teen Language+Kid Lover?
Consider Becoming a Camp Intern! You’ll learn so much about language+culture teaching and help us keep kids safe, happy and engaged. Interested? Please fill out our intern application form. Qualified interns of high school or college age will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.