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Park Forest Montessori School

1833 Park Forest Avenue
State College, PA 16803

(814) 237-9274


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our objective is to apply the belief of Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, that children have a natural curiosity and love for knowledge, and that the goal of education is to cultivate the child's own natural desire to learn.

Dr. Montessori felt that children should choose their own work�learn by doing things for themselves, specifically through the use of their hands and senses�and should have an environment to help them perfect all their natural tools for learning. She thought that the most important period of life is from birth to age six, when the child's mind absorbs and develops from its environment. She also believed that there are special sensitive periods when it is easier for a child to learn a particular skill than at any other time in life.
Excerpted from the preschool's website