Her method is based on children 'as they are', and not as the adult sees them to be. The system is designed to give the child a stimulating and engaging environment, with the use of specially made materials, to enhance the child's learning at each specific period of growth.
The Montessori method has a threefold emphasis: the child, the environment, the directress. The child is encouraged to grow at his own pace and to move from one activity to the next freely. The environment is uniquely prepared to allow the child to 'learn through doing'.
The classroom is designed to encourage creative activity, develop the senses, and increase motor coordination and intellectual activity. The directress, or teacher, is the facilitator of learning. She directs the children when they require it, and assists the child in the learning process.