What Parents Are Saying

Maria Ure is a gifted and caring Spanish teacher.

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Maria Ure is a gifted and caring Spanish teacher. She has a focus on being the best she can be for her students. Quality instruction and one to one personal attention are a value that Maria is committed to. I would highly recommend Maria's Spanish in Action program to any parent or school director who is interested in having their child or classroom students learn Spanish in a fun and interactive way.

Joy Chudacof, ICF, PCC
Pacific Palisades, CA

With songs, games, stories, and art, the kids have the opportunity to learn Spanish many different ways for different learning styles.

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Maria Ure has been teaching both of my boys Spanish for nearly 4 years. Her program is delightful! There are plenty of fun games, songs and activities. After picking my boys up from her weekly Spanish classes, I always ask them how they liked class. Every week without fail they respond with a resounding "Fun!" Maria teaches Spanish in a engaging and interactive way to keep kids interested and learning. She manages her groups very well, and is consistent and methodical in her instruction.

For the past several years, my boys finish their year of instruction with a bound book of all the craft pages they have worked on throughout the year. These are not boring work pages; they are colorful and cute pages full of Spanish vocabulary. They get to decorate with stickers and glitter pens and smelly markers. With songs, games, stories, and art, the kids have the opportunity to learn Spanish many different ways for different learning styles. We also make sure our schedule is clear so we can attend Spanish In Action summer camp. It's one of the best weeks of my kid's summer. They always look forward to Maria's snow cone maker with different flavors, and of course, they order their snow cone is Spanish! Summer camp is not to be missed!

Regan Williams, mom of two boys
Westchester, CA

My kids think that Spanish in Action is the "best camp" of the summer!

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My girls have attended Maria's Spanish immersion program for the past 3 years. Every summer they attend 2-3 sessions of summer camp and they participate in her year round classes. My kids think that Spanish in Action is the "best camp" of the summer!

Maria is a wonderful teacher and my girls look forward to seeing her every week. They are inspired by Maria's love of the language and as a result they are eager to learn new words and expand their vocabulary, so they can interact with her on a unique level.

The variety of activities, in Maria's curriculum, provide a stimulating and FUN environment for the children. Whether they are working on an art project, while listening to Latin music, or playing store or restaurant in a simulated environment, the kids build a strong vocabulary. My children are now able to understand most everything in Spanish and they can communicate using short sentences. For example, They will order dinner in Spanish when we go out to a Mexican restaurant. Living in Los Angeles, there are endless opportunities for kids to practice their Spanish.

Spanish In Action is an excellent enrichment program and Maria's love of the Spanish language and the Spanish culture is contagious and inspiring for children.

Sara Mitchell
Hermosa Beach, CA

She makes the lessons so fun and engaging!

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"Learning a foreign language at an early age is SO important to me. And thanks to Senora Ure, my son just LOVES coming to Spanish class. She makes the lesson so fun and engaging! In just one year, it amazes me how much he has picked up. The other day, he dropped something and instinctually said, "Que malo!". I love it!!"

Mandy Gregory
Manhattan Beach, CA

You are an amazingly gifted teacher, and one of the most wonderful people I know.

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I just wanted to share with you my thoughts on your Spanish in Action program. Even though it has been a few years since my last of 3 girls participated in your program, they have all greatly benefited from it. My oldest, now in college, was able to test all the way to the highest level of Spanish, eliminating many semesters of paying for a foreign language course--and it all started with you! The other two fared much better in middle and high school classes having learned the basics from you. Not only is your program fun and entertaining, the kids learn so much so quickly. You are an amazingly gifted teacher, and one of the most wonderful people I know. Anyone would be blessed to have their child in your program!

Gracias (See, I never went to such a program, so I know nada!)

Debra A. Lauzon
Manhattan Beach, CA

You are a real gift to our community!

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We love hearing Ursula use Spanish words - such a credit to you that she loves the class and is learning lots.
You are a real gift to our community!
Monique Owen
Manhattan Beach, CA

Muchas gracias for such a magical week at camp!

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Muchas gracias for such a magical week at camp. I rarely see Myles so enthusiastic and willing to chat so much about ANYTHING than after your camp! He absolutely loved the time with you and your team. You were most generous with your creativity, energy and love for these kids. The yellow bags were such a treat and full of so many fun goodies! GRACIAS!

Christine Wilkas
Manhattan Beach, CA

My children love attending Spanish class with Seniora Ure!

My children love attending Spanish class with Seniora Ure! She is an excellent teacher who knows how to maximize the learning time for the children. She teaches useful concepts using a variety of learning modalities, such as pictures, manipulatives, movement, song, art and more. I highly recommend her classes!

Helen Mader
Manhattan Beach, CA

My son ADORES these classes and Senora Maria!

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My son ADORES these classes and Senora Maria! He is in his second year and still looks forward to going every week. The reminder, "you have Spanish class today!" always elicits a huge smile and enthusiastic "Hurray!" from him. He has learned so much and it feels so good knowing that these language classes have such an important and positive impact on brain development and my son's academic future. We are very much looking forward to the Summer camp too! He has been asking about it consistently since attending last Summer. I highly recommend Spanish in Action to anyone who values language, multicultural education, developmental growth and fun for their child. Thank you, Maria, for all you do!

Ali Wood
Holy Glen, CA

Alicia's language has truly blossomed.

My daughter Alicia has been learning Spanish with Maria since she was 3. Alicia's language has truly blossomed. We spent a summer vacation in South America and I was astonished at how confident Alicia was With her peers! Playing in Spanish! How cool is that!Maria is so crafty in how she teaches language, so many visuals and adorable songs. Not to mention, Alicia's favorite, the fruit and ice cream stand! Giving the gift of language truly has given Alicia another identity that as a parent is Just so rewarding. I recommend Maestra Maria to any family!

Michelle Nevarez
Redondo Beach, CA

I love Spanish in Action for my 4 1/2 year old boy.

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I love Spanish in Action for my 4 1/2 year old boy. He attends a play-based preschool, and it is so wonderful to see him thrive in a structured academic (yet fun) environment. This has been reassuring as we are applying to kindergarten currently. Oh, and he gets to learn Spanish; he loves to sing the songs constantly. Music to my ears!

Kara Siebert
Manhattan Beach, CA

My daughter has been taking Spanish with Señora Ure for 2 years and she loves going to Spanish each week

My daughter has been taking Spanish with Señora Ure for 2 years and she loves going to Spanish each week. Every week she tells us about the fun songs and games she plays and then impresses us with the new words she has learned. On a recent car trip she spent about 20 minutes saying all the words she knew (i.e. parts of the body, members of her family, food, descriptive adjectives) etc. Her Spanish has surpassed ours! She often breaks out singing a Spanish song she has learned from class. Señora Ure teaches Spanish in a fun and creative way with such energy and enthusiasm…. it is no wonder our daughter loves going to class!

Kim Venetz
Manhattan Beach, CA

The Spanish in Action program is fantastic!

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The Spanish in Action program is fantastic! My daughter considers it a treat, not a chore to attend yet another class in her busy schedule. Ms. Maria ensures that each class is interactive with the children by including art, games, music, and lots of conversing in Espanol. She makes the learning process fun! I also love the intimate size of each class as I know that Ava is getting attention and also bonding with other students. Thanks to Ms. Maria, Ava is learning more about our culture's traditions and language even more, outside of our home environment.

Becky Anzivino
Redondo Beach, CA

We adore you Mrs. Ure! Thank you so much for being a wonderfully positive influence on our boys.

We adore you Mrs. Ure! Thank you so much for being a wonderfully positive influence on our boys. They love the subject you teach and enjoy your class every week.

Jill Pierce
Manhattan Beach, CA

Maria immersed them in the Spanish language and culture and created a fun and safe environment for them to learn

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I was searching for a way for my kids to practice and expand upon the Spanish they learned from their babysitter, and we were very lucky to find Maria and the Spanish in Action program. From the first day, Maria immersed them in the Spanish language and culture and created a fun and safe environment for them to learn. The small group setting in her home made me and the kids comfortable right away, and Maria's friendly demeanor as she greets the kids at the door makes drop off and pickup easy. Both of my boys have done Maria's summer camps and loved them! Every year when I ask what summer camps they want to do, the Spanish in Action camp is the first one they ask for! I highly recommend Maria and Spanish in Action!

Donna Hughes
Manhattan Beach, CA