Montessori schools are an important, widespread alternative to early education for children. Rather than the traditional teacher-centric model, Montessori places the child at the center of their educational experience. Each child makes their way through a set of Montessori designed activities, each with a very specific interface, evolved over the years.
The linked article talks about the impact that Jony Ive’s decision to scrub skeuomorphism from iOS has had on the Montessori experience. Very thoughtful piece.