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.
"The more the capacity to concentrate is developed, and the more often the profound tranquility in work is achieved, the clearer will be the manifestation of discipline within the child."-Dr. Maria Montessori