The importance of the Montessori Prepared Environment has been noted by educational researchers inside and outside of the Montessori community. In the conducted research there are lessons for us all. There are also a number of research studies, recently conducted, which do not name Montessori by name, but do extol the characteristics of a Montessori Prepared Environment.
Here are a few of my current favorites:
This article discusses the decorations in a classroom and the effect they have on learning and attention. In our Montessori classrooms we strive to make the Montessori materials, the curriculum, the focus.