Since 2010, Boiseko Ikastola, the only Basque preschool outside of the Basque Country, has been running a summer program so kids do not miss a beat with Euskara by the time full-time classes start back up in late August. This year, in addition to preschoolers and Kindergartners, the Ikastola is thinking about implementing a class for older kids as well (1st to 3rd grade).
The summer sessions still feature Basque language as a big aspect of learning, but they have a much more lax schedule. The kids work on weekly themes instead of a stricter curriculum; many more outings, cooking, bowling and swimming. If there was interest, the Ikastola would have two separate classes with Irune (our current instructor), Mara Davis (Boiseko Ikastola director), and an intern from the Basque Country available.
The summer session is from June 10 to August 16. The Ikastola is looking to have a Monday to Friday schedule, from 7:30-3:30 everyday. Tuition will be based on specific schedules, with a sliding scale for siblings.
For more information, get in touch with Mara Davis by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 208-794-6429. Also, check out their Facebook page for information, pictures and videos.
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