Viva Kids a new Spanish language center opens up in Lubbock

Viva Kids a new Spanish language center opens up in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Spanish is the fastest growing language in the United States and the U.S. is the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world. Educators are capitalizing on it with a new language center dedicated to teaching infants and young children. Monica Tato and Teresa Reffreger are raising their own children bilingual and had many friends ask if they could teach their children the language. They decided to open a Spanish language center. 

"The first part was what we can we give back to the community. We are both raising bilingual kids, we are both Hispanics, I am Mexican she is from Honduras and we both speak Spanish to our kids. And we wanted to do something for kids and the best thing to do is to give them what we are giving our kids and that's a second language," said Reffreger.  

"We incorporated a lot of our personal and professional and so we brought it all together to create Viva Kids so that is something, it's a gift that we can give to our friends and to other members of the community," said Tato. 

The Viva Kids program is designed for kids from six months to eight years old. Students are divided into four age groups and can get both private and group lessons as well as tutors.The program even gives parents a chance to learn with them. The curriculum focuses on both the language and the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. It includes a book club, puppet shows, arts and crafts, and music.

"I think we saw the interest its a fun way to do it and they are going to have fun and they are going to love it and that is our thing we want them to have fun and we want them to do it in a very relax and fun environment because its not only about the language but about the culture," said Reffreger. 

Viva Kids will start its first session Monday. Teresa and Monica said anyone is welcome to visit and see if the program's for them. 


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