The Backyard School

The summer I turned twelve, I started a preschool in my backyard. At 50 cents per child for a 3-hour morning of childcare, The Backyard School was a great deal for parents of 2–5 year olds in my neighborhood. Once parents were assured my mother would be home to provide back-up, I was able to enroll 25 little ones. My sister and best friend agreed to be co-teachers. This entrepreneurial venture required us to interact with a number of adults in addition to the children’s parents. We elicited picture book recommendations from the town librarian. We asked neighbors to save coffee cans we could use to make drums. We persuaded the guys building houses nearby to give us the cut ends of 2 X 4 board

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Wellan Montessori School

80 Crescent Avenue

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Phone: (617) 969-4488   

Fax: (617) 969-4430

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Wellan Montessori School is a non-profit school which admits students of every race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political views.