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Arizona man develops website to help parents teach kids Spanish

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Kids in the Valley and across the country study Spanish for years in school. Now an Arizona man has come up with a way to re-enforce at home what's being taught in the classroom.

The tool is called "Bilingual Plus" and it can be found at mamiverse.com, a website designed to help empower Latina moms and families.

There are digital books for children, music and sing-a-longs, worksheets and articles discussing a variety of topics involving children learning Spanish.

Rene Alegria, from Tucson, developed the website for kids who are just learning Spanish as well as children who come from Spanish-speaking families.

"There's a lot of pride in the language and retaining that language but also non-Hispanic families are understanding that in order to speak Spanish, that is a bridge to a larger professional pool," said Alegria.

Alegria said parents don't need to be an expert in order to teach their kids Spanish. 

"This is meant is to have a parent who may not know how to teach Spanish, incorporate learning methods in a Yahtzee type way," Alegria said.

The information provided is free, except for the music. Alegria stresses the material is not curriculum, it is only meant to foster learning at home.

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