At School in the Hills, we follow a traditional Montessori education. Within Montessori, the Four C’s refer to four essential qualities nurtured and developed in children: Concentration, Coordination, Collaboration, and Creativity. These qualities are fundamental for a child’s overall development and are emphasized throughout our curriculum.
Just like Maria Montessori, we recognize the importance of concentration as a critical factor in learning. The prepared environment in Montessori classrooms is designed to promote deep focus and concentration. Through engaging and purposeful activities, children are encouraged to concentrate on tasks for extended periods, developing their ability to sustain attention and engage in deep learning.
Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on the development of fine and gross motor skills. Activities such as pouring, threading, and using various Montessori materials help children refine their hand-eye coordination, balance, and overall physical abilities. These activities support physical development and contribute to developing cognitive and social skills.
Collaboration is an essential aspect of the School in the Hills approach to education. Our classrooms are designed to foster a sense of community and encourage children to work together towards common goals. Collaboration in Montessori encompasses various aspects, including peer-to-peer interactions, cooperative learning, and teamwork.
In our classrooms, the environment is carefully designed to inspire creativity. It is filled with various materials and activities that allow children to explore and engage in imaginative play, artistic expression, and problem-solving. The materials are carefully selected to stimulate the child’s senses and promote open-ended exploration.
The Four C’s are considered essential in Montessori education as they support the holistic development of children, nurturing their ability to concentrate, coordinate their movements, collaborate with their peers, and build creativity from within. By focusing on these qualities, Montessori education aims to prepare children for success in both academic and life skills.