Welcome To Auburn’s House Montessori

Our mission is to honor individual personalities. Children explore their potential of learning through the Montessori approach of the “whole child”.  In this loving and nurturing environment children can grow to respect themselves and the world around them.



Ms Auburn has had over 30 years of teaching experience on the Monterey Peninsula; Teaching Montessori has helped children cope with the changes that can take place in a child’s life after a move from a city, state, or country.


Serving Families on Monterey Peninsula Since 1985

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The ratio of 14 students to 2 teachers allows opportunity for individual instruction, encouraging self-discipline, self respect and the joy of learning.

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Great reasons to enroll your Child

  • Montessori Teacher for over 30 years
  • 14 students to 2 Teachers Ratio
  • Average 8o % Military Families 
  • Children work at their own pace
  • Kindergarten Program 
  • Performing Arts Program
  • Ages 2.6 to 6 years old
  • Monday – Friday 
  • Half Day Program 8 am to 12pm
  • Full Day Program 8 am to 3 pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • Cooking Activities 
  • Immunization Waver
  • Large Playground
  • Easy Access Parking
  • Minutes from DLI & NPS Housing
  • Parents Testimonials On Website

Montessori Education Versus Traditional Education

The goal of both Montessori and traditional education is the same: to provide learning experiences for the child.  The biggest differences lie in the kind of learning experiences a school provides and the methods they use to accomplish this goal. Below is the differences of a Montessori school classroom versus a Traditional school classroom.

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Montessori Classroom 

Emphasis on: cognitive and social development

Teacher: has unobtrusive role in classroom

Discipline: environment and method encourage self-discipline and encouraging the “whole child”.

Method: mainly individual instruction, mixed age grouping, grouping encourages children to teach and help each other.

Child’s freedom : chooses work, discovers own ideas from self teaching tasks, works as long as they wish on chosen project, sets own learning pace, spots own errors from Montessori material, reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success, encouraging child to learn respect of self, environment and their friends around them.

The classroom: multi-sensory materials for physical exploration, child size furniture so a child can have easy access to tasks without asking, child can work where they chose, move around at will without disrupting work of others.

Traditional classroom

Emphasis on: social development

Teacher: is center of classroom

Discipline: teacher acts as primary enforcer of discipline

Method: group and individual instruction, same age grouping, most teaching done by teacher, curriculum structured for child through age

Child’s freedom: guided to ideas by teacher, generally allotted specific time for work, if work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher, learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards

The classroom: set up with task stations, fewer material for sensory development, material brought out when being used, encourages a child to participate in groups. Classrooms students to teacher ratio is rising, which challenges each child to focus on the teachers ideas in order to learn.



July & August Newsletter

Hi everyone we are so excited about SUMMERTIME and the things the children will be learning, such as birds, nutrition and nursery rhymes. Activities with arts and crafts, cooking and performing a play will be combine with the subjects we are learning.  There will be parent participation so please look at the dates which will be posted on the community board.

We also want to welcome Liz for the summer.  Liz is a student at CSUMB and will be giving volunteer hours for Auburn’s House.  Liz is interested in child development and will be teaching in Spain later this summer.  We are excited to have her share her talents with us.      Welcome aboard Liz!

Cooking  We will be cooking through out the months of July and August. We are asking each child to bring something for the food we are cooking. There will be a sign-up sheet the week before we cook.  This will be on the community board, just sign your child’s name to the certain ingredient.

Dates to Remember

Cooking Days!

Thursday July 11 Pizza

Thursday July 25 Number fruit salad

Thursday August 8th Let’s build a salad

Thursday August 22 Hide and seek muffins

 Events to Remember

Friday July 26th at 6:00P.M. Art Show and Pot Luck

 Saturday July 20th at 1PM  Auburn’s House is having a Benefit Concerthere to support our performing Arts Program ! The Potluck Theme is “Down Home Cooking”  $12 Performances by Nashville’s Ernie Halter –  Opening is Andrea Delacruz ! !







Our Concert was a Huge Success! We sold out and had Great Music, Great People and Great Food!

Ms. Alena’s Imagine Dance had her dancer connected emotionally to the song as she learns choreography to move to it, this  empowered her to share her connection about her father serving overseas, in a dance performance to a packed audience!


Other Activities 

The children will be displaying their art as a form of an Art Show. There will be a community pot luck to follow.

Friday August 30th at 12:00 P. M. A Play, Mother Goose!

The children will be performing for their families and friends. Curtain time is at 12:00 with refreshments to follow



May News Letter

In May we will be learning all about the stage and will be working on a play to perform for our families.  Wednesday May 31st at 12:00 p.m. we will have our Spring Performance.  So Mark your calendar.

Children’s Open House 

On Thursday May 16th Auburn’s House will be open starting at 5:00 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. This is a time where your child can show you the work (presentations) he is learning and have mastered. It is good to give yourself about 30 minuets for your child to show you around the school.  It is a magical and special time for the children,

Field Trip  

We will be going to Santa Lucia Conservancy Thursday May 23rd. We will keep you informed as we get closer to the date.


Dates to REMEMBER: 

MONDAY May 27th the school will be closed for Memorial Day!

WEDNESDAY June 5th – FRIDAY June 7th the school will be closed for a spring break.



May 15, 2013

Warm up

We will take turns playing musical instruments. Our focus will be on the following:

  • Turn taking
  • 8 counts(holding counts)
  • Tempo ( adajio , allegro)
  • Zoom Gali Gali rhythm sticks (keeping beat and rhythm of the music)

Cool and Jazzy Walks & Move and Bend:  I will guide children to focus on the following understandings as they move to the beat of music:

  • Walking and stepping can be done in time with the steady beat of music
  • There are many different ways to walk in time with the steady beat of music
  • Walking movements can be used to show recognition and interpretation of music
  • Jumping, bending, and moving can be done in time with the steady beat of music
  • Jumping and bending movements can be used to show recognition and interpretation of music

We will practice performing in front of the audience (each other). I will emphasis the following goals

  • Audience awareness= respecting the dancer performing with silence
  • Dancer’s presence in front of the audience= entering and exiting the stage

Cool Down

April News Letter


April News Letter

Spring is here! The focus is the garden and nature. We will study and observe bugs, seeds, dirt, roots, sprouts, seedlings, and anything that relates to nature.


The week of April 15th we will be learning all about strawberries.

Monday we will be cutting strawberries for a fruit salad

Tuesday we will be baking strawberry tarts

Wednesday we will be planting strawberry plants

Thursday and Friday we will be sewing strawberry sashes

AND of course we will learn how a strawberry grows. Hmmm Can there be tiny seeds outside the strawberry?

Earth Day


Monday the 22nd we will be celebrating Earth Day.  We will be planting in our garden the final sprouts and some new seeds. We will be planting sunflower seeds, along with some lettuce seedlings.  We will also be making ice cream.  Please sign up for an ingredient for the making of ice cream.  This will be posted on the Community Board.

You scream,  I scream, We all scream for Ice Cream!


Parent/ Teacher Conferences

We will be having conferences the week of April 29 – May 3rd. Please sign up on the community board. Schedule times will be Monday – Friday 11:00 – 12:00 for half day and 2:30 – 3:00 for full day with 20 minutes for each time slot.  This will be a time to ask any questions that you might have about your child. Miss Auburn is looking forward to talking with you.



That is right Miss Alena is back and will be teaching an eight week dance session with the children. The first dance class will start Wednesday, April 10th at 12:00 p.m. and run eight consecutive Wednesdays.  Each class will run for a half an hour. The eight week session will cost $40.00 for each child and Auburn’s House will complete the rest of the cost. Please make your checks out to Miss Alena’s Imagine Dance. On June 3rd at 12:00 p.m. the children will have a dance recital for their families.

Dance Class Update

April  10- May 1st. 2013

It is a pleasure working with the dance students here at Auburn’s House Montessori.  Although we are continuing to explore ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance, the emphasis during this dance session has been growing in the knowledge of music and its relationship with movement.  We have been enjoying tempo games where each student takes turns playing a variety of instruments (i.e. tambourines, drums, cymbals.)

The Tempo games we have explored include: “Slow motion: Adajio” and “Go Go Allegro.”  During these activities, your children learned to distinguish between fast & slow tempos and the kind of movement that would be needed to dance to that kind of tempo.

Your children also learned how to hold counts especially 4th & 8th counts.  The children were able to see that by holding counts, the beats of the music change; We later compared the same tempo of the 8 count to and through movement across the floor.

May 8th, 2013

Warm up

We will take turns playing musical instruments. Our focus will be on the following:

  • Turn taking
  • 8 counts(holding counts)
  • Tempo ( adajio , allegro)

Cool and Jazzy Walks:  I will guide children to focus on the following understandings as they move to the beat of music:

  • Walking and stepping can be done in time with the steady beat of music
  • There are many different ways to walk in time with the steady beat of music
  • Walking movements can be used to show recognition and interpretation of music

We  will continue to  explore  ballet this week:  Emphasis on Plies, Passes, and chasses.

  • Plies
  • Passes
  • Chasses

We will practice performing in front of the audience (each other). I will emphasis the following goals

  • Audience awareness= respecting the dancer performing with silence
  • Dancer’s presence in front of the audience= entering and exiting the stage

Cool Down

 Until next time !    Miss Alena


November 2012 Newsletter



We will be cooking on these specific dates:

Tuesday 6th: Mash potatoes with homemade butter

Friday 9th:  Zucchini  Bread

Tuesday 13th: Pumpkin Pie

Friday 16th: Honey Corn Bread

Vocabulary and Talk Time

We will be talking ALOT about, sharing, gratitude, being thankful, and community.  We will be having a food drive and the children will be giving to the community.  We will also make “Metal Inset” cards and hand those out, along with the food we collect.  There will be more information as the time gets closer.


Here at Auburn’s House there is a special ceremony we have for a child’s  birthday.  Please arrange a time with Miss Auburn when you want to celebrate your child’s Birthday.  The child is to bring any goodies to share with his friends i.e. cupcakes, cake, fruit, etc.  Please have your child bring a photo representing every year from birth to present date. We usually start the ceremony around 11:30 and family is welcomed!

Scholastic Books

This will be the first time we are sending out Scholastic book order forms.  If you want to you can buy some books and Auburn’s House will send them out for you.  The deadline will be posted on the forms.  In return the school receives points, so we can receive some gifts. We will see how it goes.

Dates To Remember

The school will be closed for fall break starting Monday October 13 to Monday October 22nd.  We will see you all back at Auburn’s House on Tuesday October 23rd. Have a great time with your children.

Thanksgiving Break

The School will be closed for the Thanksgiving weekend. Thursday November 22 and Friday November 23rd. Happy holiday!

October 2012 Newsletter

Dance Class

It was exciting to peek in on the children with Ms. Alena and watch them dance around the stage.  Every child is participating and is having a wonderful time. I will post the  dance days on the bulletin board as a reminder, so you can encourage your child when dance class is.

Friday, October 26th at12:00 pm will be the dance performance. Please mark your calendars.

Art and Music

The children will be painting various pictures through out the month. They will be listening to different types of music, i.e. jazz, classical, country, etc, while they paint. We will talk about the composers and what feelings we have when we hear and paint to the music. We will have a showing of the children’s paintings during the dance performance.


The children have been sad about the dying sunflower they planted this spring.  We are drying out the two big sunflowers and are waiting to harvest the seeds. We also pulled up the drying stem of the plant and worked the soil to get ready for our winter squash. We are harvesting the tomatoes and are finding out how sweet they are.  The artichoke plant is blooming leaves and will be ready in the spring for harvest.  The children patiently await the pumpkins to turn FULL orange.  We are hoping to harvest them in October. HARVEST time is a great time to talk about living things, the gifts the plant brings us and to respect the end of the plants cycle.

Harvest Celebration

Every year Auburn’s House celebrates Halloween by having a Harvest celebration.  This year it will be held on Wednesday October 31st from 11:00 to 12:00 pm. The children love this event and talk about it every year when Halloween approaches.  We celebrate this day by having game booths set up in the outside classroom.  We need parents to participate and sign up for a booth.  As the date gets closer there will be a sign-up sheet for parents to sign.  Please do not have children come in costume or bring candy.  Costumes are welcomed on Halloween night…  TRICK-OR-TREAT.  Mr Joe and Miss Auburn will be home to give out candy that night, at their house/Auburn’s House.

Performing Arts/ The Venue

We will be having our second benefit concert for the performing arts.  The proceeds will go to the performers and the performing arts program. This will be Saturday, October 27th at 3:00pm. The Joseph Velasquez Band will be performing and Ernie Halter from Nashville. Joseph will be performing some songs he wrote for Auburn’s House children. We will be rehearsing the songs during school, so the children can perform on stage with him and the band! It will be a great time! (See attached poster for further information).

Parent Conferences

There will be parent conferences the first week of October.  Please sign-up for a day and time.  This will be posted ASAP!

August Newsletter


In August we will be focusing on “community”!

We will be asking guest speakers to come around the community and share their talents.  We might ask YOU! We will also be cooking more foods from our garden.  Please look at the menu plan below.  Each child will be asked to bring something to help contribute to the meal.  There will be a sign-up sheet every Friday. It is not necessary for your child to bring a lunch that day!

Cooking Days  Fridays August 10th, 17th, 24th









 August 10th  Pizza

August 17th  Homemade bread and Soup

August 24th  Finger Sandwiches with finger jello.


SUMMER BREAK  Tuesday August 28th – Monday September 3rd.

The school will be closed for a summer break and will be open the day after

Labor Day  September 4th will start the new school year.


If you have any questions regarding the monthly activities. Please feel free to ask. It will be a fun and exciting time!



July Newsletter


July is Book Month at Auburn’s House!

We will be focusing on books. We will be reading, singing and story telling.  We will be acting, drawing, story building, painting, arts and crafting are way with Books! We will be walking to story time at the Seaside Library! We will be asking parents to come in and read or tell one short story to the children. At the end of the month we will have an Art-Story telling Show! You will get a chance to view art on the walls and listen to some of the children either read or tell a story.






Story Time at the Seaside PublicLibrary  Tuesdays July 10,17, 24th at 10:30.

On these Tuesdays of this month we will start out around 10:15 and walk to the public library to listen to the librarian read some stories.  After we will walk back to the school and have are lunch before we go home.


Parent Participation  Monday- Friday July 16 – 20th Lets read a book, sing or tell a story.

We are asking parents to come into the school to read a book or tell a story to the children. There will be a sign-up sheet with more information as the time gets closer.


Lunch Pot Luck and Art-Story telling Show  Friday July 27th at 12:00 pm.

This will be a time when we can all get together and share a meal, while looking at art and telling stories. There will be more information as we get closer to the date, but save the date it will be a spectacular day!

June Newsletter


Children’s House Open House   Wednesday June 13th

Auburn’s House will be open from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. This is a time where the children will show you their work and you will get to experience just what we do at Auburn’s House every day. Plan about a half a hour time span.


School Play  Friday June 29th

We will be performing a play for our families.  Curtain time will start at 11:30. Then join us for refreshments after the play.  It shall be a great time.


May Newsletter

We are very excited because we are going into summer with friends we already know and a rooted group of children that are already on their way to concentration, order and learning a sense of ownership for their school.

Old and New Friendships

We are experiencing feelings with old and new friendships. We have seen our “old” friends leave to make new homes, but have also welcomed “new” friends to Auburn’s House.  A song we sing to remind us what friendship is all about:

“Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the others gold.

A circles round it has no end, that‘s how long I want to be your friend.”

If you don’t know the song, ask your child they will certainly sing it to you!


Teacher/ Parent Conferences Tuesday- Friday May 8-11

This is a time where you can sign up to see what your child has been doing at Auburn’s House. You will have 20 minuets! So bring your questions.  There will be a sign -up sheet posted so you can pick a day and time.

Parent Meeting  Wednesday May 23rd 7:00 PM

This meeting is an informational meeting.  We will be talking about the vision for the fall, kindergarten program, and discussing some ideas for an informational Montessori series.

Observing Memorial Day  Monday May 28th School will be Closed!

The school will be closed on this day. Have a great three days and we will see you back on Tuesday May 29th!

Field Trip  Thursday May 31st

We will be going to Santa Lucia Conservancy to see nature at it’s finest.

The Children learn about the native animals and plants on a nature hike.

Bring lunch for you and your child, we will be providing snacks and water to drink.

It will be a wonderful time as always !