Have you ever noticed the utter lack of clutter in our classrooms? In Montessori we refer to this as the "prepared environment". Maria Montessori said that "the importance of the prepared environment is to, as far as it is possible, render the growing child independent of the adult."
A calm, ordered inviting environment to a successful classroom experience. Work is displayed in an inviting and organized manner. Items are accessible to the children, and children are taught how to work in and maintain their classroom environment.
The prepared environment, and the way the children interact with it, is an amazing thing!