Development of the will, choice among options, active engagement in a prepared environment; serene, minimalist, limited, open-ended materials; an esthetic of less is more, subtle is best, beauty over cutesy; respect for the whole child, including the senses; a call to deep interest over superficial curiosity; long concentration over titillation – once again research proves another aspect of what Montessori observed and intuited!

“Some educators have resisted the trend toward the ever-more embellished classroom. Montessori schools have long emphasized a calmer, understated look. Individual teachers have eschewed the pricey trend, too.”

read the NYTIMES article here