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Expand Your Child’s Mind and Capabilities

Our Technique & Approach

¡Viva! Kids incorporates several teaching techniques and approaches that complement each other when it comes to learning a foreign language. The methodologies used to mimic how we acquire our first language.

We utilize the Natural Approach Method and Total Physical Response. Our goal is to provide a fun and stress-free environment where children will learn Spanish through play, music (traditional and contemporary), dance, art, storytelling, and puppetry. We will provide a full immersion environment where visual aids, manipulatives, and developmentally appropriate activities will set the stage for enjoyable and effective learning.

¡Viva! Kids will also serve as a support network and resource center for parents and families raising bilingual children. The classes and programs can help maintain and reinforce fluency for children who are learning or are exposed to the Spanish language. We strive to foster a global perspective, appreciation of diversity and different cultural heritages.

The Science Behind the Passion

AT ¡VIVA! KIDS, LEARNING IS PRECIOUS BONDING TIME.

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The Natural Approach:

The Natural Approach is just what it sounds like, this method aims to foster natural learning of language in the classroom. The focus is on fully understanding a language. Learning how to speak occurs after a “silent period” of active listening. This is where the learner knows the words when heard, but cannot yet speak it. When students are exposed to the foreign language in a fun, stimulating, stress-free environment language acquisition will happen. Why stress a child with the burden of language production, when we could make it fun and interesting while they learn to use the words they hear. During class time the students will be able to understand the language through the teacher’s gesturing, actions, and non-verbal cues as well as through the use of visual/auditory aids, pictures, and props.
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Total Physical Response (TPR):

TPR’s approach to learning a foreign language also models ways in which we learn our native tongue. Learning occurs when an action word (verbs, as we know them) is accompanied by an action or gesture. The teacher demonstrates the physical activity linked to the word. There is no need for translation as comprehension occurs through nonverbal communication and gestures. An additional benefit to TPS is that it engages children in physical activity. During the lessons, the student can move their bodies, sing, and process new material. If you can get a kid moving, they’ll remember better. The dancing and movement makes class time fun and conducive to acquiring and learning Spanish.
It is also important to mention that The Waldorf Foreign Language approach recommends that during the first three years of foreign language instruction all learning occurs in an oral context. During the first three years, there is a shift from receptive (ability to understand) to productive language (speaking). We ensure lots of exposure and repetition throughout our services. It is important to provide plenty of time for the children to absorb the language before we expect them to speak it.