“Maybe I’m just not cut out for this. No matter what I do little Johnny just won’t pay attention.”
“I’m so caught up in planning that I don’t spend quality time with my child. I feel bad because that’s what they need the most.”
“It’s hard for me to remember my child is always learning. He is exactly where he is supposed to be. But sometimes I wonder if I’m doing enough.”
“I wish our days were easy going, full of learning and exploring. And most importantly, I wish I could give little Susie my undivided attention.”
Being at home with littles all day can be stressful. And that’s without adding teaching them on top of it.
There’s more information out there about how to teach your child than ever before, making it difficult to even know where to start.
Then once you do start, you spend hours pinning activities that you think your little one will enjoy. You take the time to set it up and get excited for their little face to light up when they see it.
Your little one has no interest in the activities you set up. They don’t have the attention span to focus for more than 2 minutes on activities that took you hours to find and prepare for.
Then those dreaded questions of “Am I doing this right? Am I meeting her needs?” start to pop up. You start to feel defeated because nothing you do seems to grab their attention.
You feel bad because you spend so much time planning and preparing. You get so caught up in planning that you aren’t able to spend quality time with your child. Which you know is the most important.
But have you noticed? Putting a simple box in front of them provides hours of fun. I mean that took 2 seconds to prepare for and they focused. Did you know they were learning too?
Learning at home with your little one doesn’t have to take you hours of prepping. And your child CAN pay attention longer than 5 minutes.
The secret is to find your child’s true interests. Easy going days full of learning and exploring are possible when you take the time to figure out how your child learns and what they want to learn about.
Planning and prepping only takes minutes when you have simple activities at your fingertips that provide a high value learning opportunity.
When my daughter turned 18 months, I felt pressured to start teaching her. I hopped on Pinterest and spent a whole week planning and preparing for a farm theme that was full of learning.
A whole week of planning and she spent 2 minutes exploring what I set out then went to play with her baby dolls. She never touched those activities again.
After spending a few months trying different methods, I realized that I just need to let my daughter do her own thing. But at the same time, I felt like I needed to be in control. I needed some sort of structure.
That’s why I created the structured child-led approach. Today I spend an hour planning and preparing for the whole week.
She is engaged in most activities I set out because they are based around her interests and the skills she is ready to learn.
Our days have a natural flow that allow her the flexibility to follow her curiosities, but gives me the structure to feel in control...even when I’m not.
I want you to be able to confidently teach your child at home too.
“I really struggled with starting to teach my little one at home. I kept thinking “Can I even get myself organized enough to do this. Maybe he'd be better served by a 'real' preschool where they knew what they're doing.” I needed to be walked through the process of starting. I was glad to have all the information in one place in a logical order rather than piecing it all together myself. It gave myself permission to let it be a process rather than "this weekend I'll get organized and we'll start 'school'". Amanda gave me baby steps and clear direction."
“Before purchasing Amanda’s curriculum, 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 this one 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 more traditional sedentary approach to learning."
Everything you need to successfully teach your child from 18 months until Kindergarten.
Age appropriate activities that are simple to set up with high value learning opportunities that leads to exploring new things and stumbling upon interests you wouldn’t come across otherwise
Guidance on what to teach, when to teach it, and how to teach it
Access to like-minded mamas to drain ideas, find support, and vent without being judged
This preschool program is designed to learn academic skills through your chlid's unique interests. Spend your days exploring your child's questions and topics of interests while integrating math and literacy.
New unit studies are added each month. I work with you to develop unit studies based on what your child is interested in and the questions they asks.
Spend time exploring your child's questions, interests, and hobbies through these hands-on, child-led unit studies.
Each unit study includes:
-Invitations to explore
-Activities to answer common questions
This section includes general math activities for all the recommended skills for 3 and 4 years old. Have the freedom to jump around based on your child's readiness and interests in skills.
A full literacy program for learning to read and write. Find activities for comprehension, rhyming words, and sight words.
This section also includes alphabet learning where your child will learn the sounds of each letters and practice writing using sensory materials at 3 years old. They will move to blending sounds to read simple CVC words and writing with a pencil at 4 years old.
This section is flexible enough to follow your child's lead with readiness on each skill.
These classes are simple to understand and relevant to teaching your child at home. New classes added all the time.
Teaching Toddlers at Home | Teaching Preschoolers at Home | Learning to Read
Encouraging Environments | Learning in the Early Years | Learning Math
What is Child-Led Learning? | Teaching with Invitations | Learning to Write
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Every month I will challenge you with learning experiences. Prizes will be awarded every month. Some challenges are just for you, others are for your child, and some are for you both.
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"I thought that I should be able to work out a plan by myself, but didn’t know where to start. Amanda’s program 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 forced me to do activities with my son, like fine motor activities, that I didn’t even think he would be able to do."
"Tot School was leaving me overwhelmed. I didn’t even know where to begin. Amanda’s course helped me become aware of each learning domain and now I make a conscious decision to make sure each domain is covered every week. My son is enjoying the new variety of activities. Amanda’s program is easy to follow and understand with straightforward ideas that are easy to implement. I love the concrete ways to organize our space and the easy method of scheduling our day. You can take her ideas directly from the program and apply them."
"I appreciate Amanda and her program 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 child'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."
"Very informative and precise. Thanks for the elaborate explanation on how to homeschool a toddler and understanding the learning styles to manage the learning process successfully. Bless you more with success in everything you do."
Maria Theresa Padua
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(Value-$35) Organize your life, household, and homeschool all in one place.
(Value-$100) Spend 20 minutes on the phone with Amanda to discuss your little ones goals and where to start in the membership.
(Value-$10) Posters with easy to follow directions to help you explain how to form each letter, number, and shape
(Value-$25) That's right! Subscription boxes will be coming sometime in 2018! Pre-made sensory bins, tray activities, and literacy connections.This bonus is a coupon to get your first month free!
(Value-$10) Back pocket cards for quick STEAM activities when you need something to do
I'm Amanda, and I'm the founder of Sicily's Heart & Home where I help mamas just like you to teach your toddlers and preschoolers at home using a child-led approach. Before becoming a stay at home mom, I was a teacher. I have a BS in Elementary Education and an AA in Early Childhood Education. Most of my teaching career was in preschools and head start programs.
I decided to leave public school teaching to homeschool my own children. I designed this program because I couldn’t find a child-led curriculum that was flexible enough to meet my daughter’s unique needs and interests.
"The late afternoon slump was a struggle for my son. I couldn't find educational activities that would keep him engaged. I had seen Amanda’s curriculum, but I wasn't sure if I would follow through and actually do the activities. But after trying the sample theme, I really liked the variety of activities and my son really seemed to enjoy them as well. They were developmentally appropriate and engaging, so I took the plunge. The curriculum has really helped with our late-afternoon slump. I really love the wide variety of activities and how the activities in each group are centered around different types of themes (science, community, emotions, etc.). I can tell he is retaining a lot of the material because he tells his father about it in the evening."
"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 also felt like I had to do all the instruction instead of letting my son lead the way. However, since I already have all the ideas in Amanda’s curriculum, I just get to choose activities and use them as a guideline. I don’t strictly follow it, but I use it more as an idea bank to draw from. 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."
I’m sure you have hesitations about Nourishing Small Minds. After all it’s an investment. So let me address some of those questions right now.
Are there assessments?
No. The goal of the curriculum is to build a lifelong love of learning. And constantly assessing children puts a damper on that love. There is a quick checklist of skills for each activity and an overall skills list included to help you understand what skills are expected.
Will I really have time to implement the curriculum?
I get it ...You’re a super busy mom with 986 things to do. I’ve laid out all the steps 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.
You have instant access to everything 24/7, so you can gander on the membership whenever you have time.
What age is the program for?
The curriculum starts at 18 months and ends before your child starts Kindergarten. The child-led nature of the curriculum lets you decided how fast or slow you move through each stage. So if you feel your 15 month old is ready for a little structure and learning, then by all means start! If your 4 year old just doesn’t seem ready to apply certain skills then continue working with the 3 year old materials.
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 or outside in nature.
What happens after I sign up?
After purchasing, you’ll be sent login details via email. Simply log in to the site, and you’ll have access to absolutely everything in the membership level you chose at checkout.
As new content is added continuously, we’ll send you an email every other Friday to let you know what’s new so that you don’t miss a thing!
Does the program work for multiple ages?
The curriculums are designed to work seamlessly together. Many themes in the toddler curriculum overlap the unit studies in the preschool curriculum. So you have access to multiple levels on the same topic which allows you to teach multiple ages.
Will the price go up?
Absolutely. As we grow and the site includes more content, the price will definitely increase for new members. However, you will keep your same monthly membership rate as long as you are a current Nourishing Small Minds member. Join now to lock in the existing rate.
Can I cancel anytime?
Yes. However, in order to protect our content and curriculum, if you cancel before 6 months we will check your account to see what has been downloaded. If you downloaded more than 24 PDFs from any curriculum your account will be charged a $300 protection fee. Please see our terms and conditions for more information.