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Welcome to Carefree Kids

The mission of Carefree Kid's Montessori Center is to help develop a child physically, socially, spiritually and intellectually to become the person that God intended him/her to be.

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Email: info@carefreekids.co.za
Phone: +27 12 348 7099
Address: 545 Molly Ryde St, Garsfontein, Pretoria, 0081

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+27 12 348 7099 info@carefreekids.co.za 545 Molly Ryde St, Garsfontein, Pretoria, 0081

We follow the Montessori Curriculum that emphasise learning as a process that cannot be determined by a child’s age. Instead, learning is a process that is determined by the rate and speed at which a child can acquire one skill before moving on to another skill. Click on the tabs below for more information.

STIMULATION – 4 MONTHS
GOALS ACTIVITIES
Can lift head and shoulders Bells and bright colours activities
Holds head erect Mirrors
Swimming motions Toys which make sounds
Hands come together in the middle NB! Gentle Music
Hands reach for lifted knees and feet Physical Contact NB
Rolls from back to side Pictures on the walls and ceilings
Starting to bridge lift hips off surface Toys of different textures
Back is firm when held in sitting position Cushions to prop the baby up
Beginning with a plucking & pulling motion Plastic or wooden beads threaded on elastic. These can be stretched over the cot so that the baby can reach them
Reaches for a toy and holds it Baby Gym
Resistance if you try to take a toy out of their hands Plastic cups and bowls of different sizes and colours
Friendly to strangers Different size and textured balls
Anticipates being lifted Rattles that the baby can hold easily
Laughs at another baby Shakers that they can hold and shake
Looks in direction of a person leaving the room Speak and sing to the baby
Visual memory of 5 – 8 seconds Mobiles can be hung higher
Laughs loudly Start playing in sandpit
STIMULATION – 5 MONTHS
GOALS ACTIVITIES
Takes weight on stretched out arms NB! The 4 months activities are still applicable
Feet to the mouth “See-saw” – place the baby on your foot or
Plays with feet NB! Use a toy as bait to encourage them to roll over
Practices bridging by kicking and rolling from back to side Physically handle the baby
Rolls side to side Learn new movements
Head is firm and back is straight Place cushions around the baby to help with sitting
Puts weight on elbow when on stomach and reaches out with other arm
Objects to mouth NB
Uses both hands to grasp
Holds out arms to be lifted
Stops crying when spoken to
Is interested in toys
Reacts differently to laughing or being reprimanded
Can distinguish between parents and brothers and sisters and teachers
Turns head towards person talking or singing
Follows a disappearing object
Visual memory up to 3 hours
Recognise familiar objects
Anticipates the whole object if they see a part of it
Stop crying when they hear music
Experiments with sounds, mimics sounds
Smiles and vocalizes mirror image
Uses sounds such as p,b,m
STIMULATION – 6 MONTHS
GOALS ACTIVITIES
Takes weight on stretched out arm and reaches out with other arm The 4and 5 months activities are still applicable
On back: Lifts head up. Kicks legs in the air Mobiles must be higher now
Sits momentarily without help but with hands forwards to give support Bells and bright colours
Only stands with lots of support, bounces Mirrors
Passes objects from one hand to the other Rubber mat
Holds and eats a biscuit Baby toys which make sounds
Hits object on table Gentle music
Touches image in the mirror Physical contact continues to be important
Picks up a spoon Pictures on the walls and ceilings
Holds 2 blocks Toys of different textures – everything goes to the mouth
Talks babbles with a person Cushions to prop the baby up
Recognise his bottle Plastic or wooden beads threaded on elastic
Opens mouth for food Baby gym/activity centre
Examines the face of person holding them Plastic bowls and cups of different shapes and sizes. The baby will hold these and bang them together
Becomes attached to specific people Different size and textured balls
Begins recognising the names of family Rattles with a grip
Differentiates between a friendly and harsh tone of voice Plastic measuring spoons
Can distinguish between their mother and themselves when laughing at their images in the mirror Beans in a tin or plastic bottle that the baby can hold easily and that they can shake
Looks at objects even though they are out of their field of vision Speak and sing to the baby
Will pick up objects that have fallen See saw on lap
Makes approx. 4 sounds Roll over – use a toy as bait
Responds to their name Physically handle the baby
Begins listening to and reacting to music Help the baby when they learn to crawl by placing your hands against their feet
Recognises the voice of a familiar person
Vocalizes if happy or unhappy
Begins mimicking accentuating sounds
“Babbles” to get attention
STIMULATION – 7 MONTHS
GOALS ACTIVITIES
Pivots – turns around All the 6 months activities
Rolls from back to stomach NB Tearing paper
Sits without help. Protects with arms if starts to fall forward Hide and seek with a cloth over your head or their head
Drinks from a cup Wave and clap hands
Reacts when called Use their name when you speak to them
Shows resistance
Begins showing humour, teases
Looks for lost objects
Reaches for and picks up small things
Manipulates blocks and toys
Double sounds “babble”
STIMULATION – 8 MONTHS
GOALS ACTIVITIES
Crawls backwards on stomach, moves from prone to sit All the 6 months activities
Does not like this. Rolls over and sits upright Tearing paper
Can lean forward and go back in sitting position Hide and seek with a cloth over your head or their head
May pull self up against a rail Wave and clap hands
Very attached to mother Use their name when you speak to them
Reacts positively to other babies Colours
Prefers complex new toys Shapes
Stores colours and shapes in memory Finger exercises eg. Tooth picks in dough , buttons in bowl
Grasps with thumb and index finger Sensory Bins
Explore objects with index finger
Hits objects together
Drops one object in order to take another
Manipulates two objects at the same time
Examines objects re shape weight, texture, function and characteristics
Screams for attention
Listens to conversations
Singing tone
STIMULATION – 9 – 10 MONTHS
GOALS ACTIVITIES
Crawls forwards on stomach whilst pulling with arms The above mentioned activities
Lifts to sitting position and sits firmly Mobiles are now hung higher
Pulls self up with legs outstretched Physical contact is still very important
Holds on to furniture Talk to the baby – Name the body parts
Cannot sit down from standing position Let them pull themselves upright
Scared of strangers Push toys
Takes hat of head Baby jungle gym indoors and outdoors
Helps in holding a cup while drinking Bending and climbing and clambering
Unhappy if a toy is taken away Crawl through tunnels
Pushes an object away that he does not want Swings
Copies games Water toys
Eats solid food Sand pit
Shakes head for “no” Different size and coloured blocks
Waves goodbye Sponge blocks
Eats a biscuit without help Toys that fit into each other
Helps with dressing and eating for approval Containers in which to pack shapes and blocks
Has different moods Packing items in and out
Watches a falling object Toy telephones
Finds a hidden object if he sees where it is hidden Pull along toys
Picks up a bead Musical instruments
Hits 2 blocks against each other One piece jig saw puzzles with knobs on them
Mimics
Lifts lid of a box
Lifts up the box to look for object
Says “mama/Dada”
Babbles (4 syllables)
Reacts to own name
Reacts to verbal requests
Mimics cough or blowing a kiss
STIMULATION – 11 – 12 MONTHS
GOALS ACTIVITIES
Sways on hands and knees. Begins crawling on hands and knees or uses one foot bear walk NB. Crawls up stairs The above mentioned activities
Turns around to pick up toys while sitting – Balancing good Mobiles are now hung higher
Stands for longer periods alone Physical contact is still very important
Walks sideways against furniture NB Talk to the baby – Name the body parts
Stands up from crouched position by pulling himself up. Sits down on his own Let them pull themselves upright
Walks forward if both hands are held Push toys
Points to body parts Baby jungle gym indoors and outdoors
Associates characteristics with objects e.g. points up for a bird Bending and climbing and clambering
Give love Crawl through tunnels
Complaints about a dirty nappy Swings
Drinks out of a cup if held Water toys
Takes off socks Sand pit
Gives vent to different emotions Different size and coloured blocks
Reacts temporarily to no and stop Sponge blocks
Dependant on mother Toys that fit into each other
Tries to attract attention of family members Containers in which to pack shapes and blocks
Let’s objects fall for fun Packing items in and out
Offers a toy but does not let go Toy telephones
Toys in and out of containers Pull along toys
Offer toys and open fingers wide for handing over Musical instruments
Feeds self with a spoon One piece jig saw puzzles with knobs on them
Prefers one hand, hold with one and work with the other
Can take something whilst looking away
Can accept a third block without dropping others
Plays with cup spoon and saucer
Looks for objects where he last saw them
Colour concept is developing
Differentiates between black and white
Interested in motor car
Understands keywords in association with object/situation
Begins distinguishing different words and “speaks” with expressions
Reacts to music
Uses one word sentences, uses Mommy and Daddy, mimics well known words
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