Upon a first inspection, a Montessori classroom may seem quite spartan, devoid of the usual brightly colored non-sense bulletin boards created from pre-cut borders from the dollar store and neatly lined up uncomfortably stiff desks. Instead of screaming for your attention, the "work" in a Montessori classroom is patient and waits for the child to interact with it, letting them decide what they would like to do on their work mats. The objects all have an undercurrent of purpose with a coating of fun. The beauty is in their stillness. A busy classroom of mixed aged friends, free of raucous sounds and full of excited learning.