Now you can teach your toddler with confidence...
...and have fun too!
No idea where to start?
Not sure what to teach or how to teach it?
Frustrated by boring toddler curriculums that don’t fit your unique toddler?
Tired of spending hours sifting through Pinterest to find developmentally appropriate activities?
Down on yourself because you got everything planned but can’t seem to get started?
You are NOT alone:
“I was having trouble initiating and finding the motivation to do some activities. I felt like I had to start completely from scratch and make everything perfect.”
“I’ve seen a lot of curriculums out there, and most of them seemed too concept-based instead of experience based. My son is a very physical boy, so he doesn’t sit well.”
“I was having a hard time coming up with activities that were age-appropriate for my toddler. I thought that I should be able to work out a plan by myself, but didn’t know where to start.”
It's a meaningful and influential way for you to spend time with your toddler.
You can provide the kind of encouraging environment you want for your toddler, filled with creative play around his or her unique interests.
You get to have the best hours of your little one.
You’ll have your precious toddler home with you more often and you’ll know exactly what’s going on.
If your little has behavioral challenges, you can provide more consistency and follow-through to support your child.
Am I challenging my child enough … or too much?
Am I missing some key skills and knowledge?
Am I doing right by my child?
What methodology should I follow?
Which lessons are the right ones for my kiddo?
How do I TEACH? What activities should I use? Will my kid like it?
You can teach your toddler without dry, boring premade programs.
You can teach your toddler in a way that’s fun for both of you.
Organized enough for you to follow, yet flexible enough so you can follow your child’s lead.
Process- and exploration-based.
Theme-based with literacy, math, science, arts, and technology interconnected.
Research-based, Mom-tested, Toddler-approved.
Designed by a certified teacher actively teaching her own toddler at home.
Because when you have a done-for-you curriculum with these high standards and must-haves ....
The child-led homeschool curriculum for moms who want to make sure they are
helping their toddlers learn while honoring their playful, inquisitive toddler ways.
The Young Toddler is designed to expose toddlers to the Tot School concept. This includes developing a routine around your child’s natural flow and introducing activities. During this time, you’re encouraged to observe as much as possible to help set a routine and define interests.
* Created for toddlers between 18 and 22 months-old, it is an excellent starting point for toddlers of any age.
* Each month there is a new theme based around a color and shape, with sensory and motor activities, as well as an introduction to a variety of art mediums.
* More laid-back, The Young Toddler eases your child into Tot School. This means you can take your time learning about their interests, how they learn, and develop your own routine around their natural flow.
Every letter of the alphabet is connected to a theme. This is not intended to be done alphabetically. Parents choose which theme/letter to do based on their toddlers interests or things happening in their lives. It’s designed to be used in conjunction with the Extra Themes:
* Each letter of the alphabet has it’s own 2-week theme, though the primary focus is on the play-centered learning activities, with some exposure to the letter.
* Each letter theme includes 4 tot trays, 6 theme activities, 2 sensory bins, a book list, songs/fingerplays, 2 letter activities, 2 shape activities, 2 color activities, a literacy connection, and 2 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) connections.
The Extra Themes include holidays and other themes toddlers are usually interested in. I add new themes to this section every month, and I develop new themes tailored to your toddler’s interests - just send in your request via email! (And at no additional cost to you!)
* Themes in this section include holidays, seasons, and your toddler’s interests.
* Each theme in this section includes 6 theme activities (or more), 2 tot trays, a book list, songs/fingerplays, a sensory bin, a literacy connection and 2 STEAM connections.
* Online access means you can access new themes immediately.
* If your toddler develops a new interest, send me an email and I’ll create a relevant theme for you at no extra cost.
So if your child loves pirates the same way my daughter loves farm animals, just let me know and you’ll get a new theme that will delight your toddler.
Weekly planning template
Theme extension ideas
Lyrics to songs and fingerplays
Recommended read alouds/books
Suggested ideas for theme-based sensory bins
4 tot trays for building specific skills within the theme (e.g. fine motor, cognitive, math, …)
Literacy connections (theme-based story with retelling sensory play, Youtube video, extensions into art and cooking activities, and more.
Letters, shapes and colors introduced with a play-centered approach that supports skills like math, sensory, literacy, and fine motor learning.
Special theme activities that includes gross motor play, and many activities to choose from to support your toddler’s interests and learning needs.
Links to online videos I’ve selected on Youtube to accompany each theme.
Theme-specific printables to support and enhance the hands-on activities used in your lessons. All your resources are made for you!
I was having a hard time coming up with activities that were age-appropriate for my toddler. I thought I should be able to work out a plan by myself, but didn’t know where to start. The Toddler Experience Curriculum took out the hard work of planning activities by myself. It gave me more time to play with my child instead of spending a lot of time searching on Pinterest. The curriculum [encouraged] me to do activities with my son, like fine motor activities, that I didn’t even think he would be able to do.
Anjuli | from England
The supplies are simple to prepare & easy to find (bet you’ve already got most of them on hand) so you can spend more time WITH your child & less time PLANNING.
The Toddler Experience Curriculum is developmentally perfect for ages 18 months to 3 years old. That means no more guessing… you won’t frustrate or under-challenge your child... you’ll be confident and your little one will be engaged!
You’ll know the specific skill sets your toddler needs to have.
You’ll have 24-hour online access to the curriculum so you can print and prep whenever you have the time.
Themes are based on your toddler's interests (seriously, you can request specific themes that YOUR child will love and I’ll develop them for you and no extra cost! An endless supply!).
You’ll receive 5 one-month themes for colors and shapes suitable for ages 18 months to 22 months.
26 two-week themes for each letter of the alphabet for 2-year olds are included.
New themes are added on a regular basis and at your request.
All the activities are hands-on, process-based, play-oriented, and child-led.
I'll help you handle challenges that come up.
A bunch of toddler worksheets and workbooks.
Develop a love of learning and reading.
Strengthen fine- and gross-motor skills.
Provide exposure to academic concepts including name, letters, counting, shapes, and color identification.
Develop strong problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, and creativity.
Help toddlers explore their world using all their senses.
Inspire and encourage their curiosity of the world by asking questions and seeking answers.
Every theme includes sensory bins, along with other sensory and open-ended experiences.
The curriculum can be customized to every child, and most activities can be made easier or harder to fit your unique child’s abilities.
I appreciate Amanda and The Toddler Experience because it is the only curriculum I could find meant for toddlers to be used by a parent at home rather than in a childcare setting. It's incredibly well developed and has so much to choose from that one can easily find something that will appeal to their individual toddler's interests and abilities. I love that a million ideas that I could have spent hours rounding up online and then spent additional hours figuring out the best way to implement them, are already here and organized for me, which is just what this busy mama needed.
Jessica | from Texas
I love the flexibility of it. I go through each week and pick the activities we're going to do when and can adjust things based on my son's abilities or interests. The tot school has been wonderful to expand my son's skills, and I love watching him learn and get better at the activities!
Kelly | from Indiana
Hey Beautiful Mama! I'm Amanda, and I'm the founder of Sicily's Heart and Home where I teach mamas just like you how to teach your toddlers and preschoolers at home. Before becoming a stay at home mom, I was a teacher. I have a BS in Elementary Education and AA in Early Childhood Education. Most of my teaching career was in preschools and head start programs. I adore teaching toddlers.
I decided to leave public school teaching to homeschool my own children. I designed this curriculum because I couldn’t find a child-led curriculum that was flexible enough to meet my Sicily’s unique needs and interests.
I love using my teaching knowledge to help other parents who know child-led is the right approach for their child, but aren’t quite sure how to go about it.
Do I need to follow the curriculum exactly?
No. I provide resources in the curriculum to help you identify your toddler’s interests and choose a theme that best suits his or her interests. It’s a very flexible curriculum. If interested, there are enough activities to keep going into a third week. But if it turns out your toddler isn’t really interested in that topic, you’re encouraged to move on to a new theme.
Are there assessments?
No. The goal of the curriculum is to expose toddlers to academic concepts and build a lifelong love of learning. Toddlers are not expected to remember the academic skills at this point. There is a quick checklist of skills for each activity and an overall skills list included in the getting started guide.
Will I really have time to implement the curriculum?
I get it ...You’re a super busy toddler mom with 986 things to do. I’ve laid out all the steps in crystal clear fashion so that you don’t have to worry about anything. It only takes me 10-15 minutes every night to get set up. I even get laundry and cleaning done during the day since most of the activities are child-led.
What age is the curriculum for? Will my 4 year old be able to use it too?
The curriculum was designed and is developmentally appropriate for ages 18 months through 2 years old. But yes, a 3 and 4 year old can benefit from the curriculum as well.
The curriculum is extremely adaptable. You just need to up the challenge a bit. For example, if you are doing one of the counting activities, your toddler might only be counting to 5 whereas your 4 year old could be going to 50.
Are all the materials included?
Any learning cards, counting mats, clipart, and printables (which are very few) you need are provided. However, the other materials you will need are typically found around the house.
What themes are included?
There are over 50 themes included, and more are added every month. There are too many to list on this page, but if you would like to see which themes are already in the curriculum, send me a quick email and I'll get you the list.
I was hesitant before purchasing The Toddler Experience. I just didn’t know where to start and wasn’t sure if I could commit to doing a curriculum. I loved Amanda’s e-mails and found her to be knowledgeable and approachable, so I took the plunge. It’s nice to have specific activities I can pull out each day before we play. I love watching my son go about his day and then go back and forth to the activities. His love of creative projects has been fostered. I am able to pick up on what he enjoys or doesn’t more readily. The Toddler Experience can work for any child in many different situations.
Halie | from Utah
Before purchasing The Toddler Experience, I had trouble knowing what was age appropriate for my son. I struggled with knowing what kinds of things to do and how to do them. When I came across Amanda’s curriculum, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. I’ve seen a lot of curriculums out there, and most of them seemed too concept based instead of experience based. I chose The Toddler Experience specifically because my son is a very physical boy, so he doesn’t sit well. Amanda’s program incorporates learning through experience and doing rather than a traditional sedentary approach to learning.
Lacie | from Colorado
I love how flexible the curriculum is. I can follow it as rigidly or as loosely as I feel. Now my son recognizes a routine and keeps me on track! It’s just so much easier to have the ideas and just quickly gather the materials. I also love how new themes are added every month. It’s like a membership without the constant cost.
Tatjana | from Utah