About Us

Text Box: Phone:  705-645-2929
E-mail: info@peppermintsticklearningco.com

Our History and Products:

 

             In 2005, we (Rob and Joy) were looking for fun and easy-to-teach Canadian-based curriculum for our own children. It was HARD and sometimes impossible to find products that were really valuable to us for homeschooling. Encouraged by a another home school curriculum provider who had a good knowledge of what was already available and reminded of my personal background (see “About Rob and Joy” side-link for more info), I (Joy) began to write science curriculum, publishing my first book at the end of 2007. By the time Peppermint Stick Learning Company Inc. began selling in the Spring of 2008, other subjects had been included. 

Our products… over 250 pages of helpful educational resources!

A comment we receive from a number of our customers is that our selections present something quite unique in comparison to other curriculum companies!

             We believe that good curriculum should be academic, teacher-friendly, and interesting to learn by students of all learning styles. For this reason, the “teaching methods” incorporate a variety of ways of teaching the content (visual, hands-on, auditory — rather than just one type of style), allowing all students to enjoy their school days! Teacher work (preparation and demonstrations) are kept to a minimum and independent student learning is encouraged under the teacher’s guidance. Lessons or units often can be rearranged if desired, since the curriculum is not typically written in a style that requires a rigid sequence. Teachers have the flexibility to add things to the lessons if they find “neat things” on-line or from another source; yet PSLC lessons are relatively complete for guidance on their own. (If you are like me and collect “odds and ends” from various places, try our new PRINTABLE book format on disk so that you can print it out yourself and put it in a binder. Then you can hole-punch your “odds and ends” like colouring pages, etc. or notes on weblinks or videos and insert these right beside the specific lesson!) One of my pet peeves is finding learning “gaps” - missing lessons in a teaching resource. I know you could write down a list of things that you want to study about or have your child “just discover” whatever interests them but that increases the likelihood of learning gaps (and thus, possible frustration or discouragement/feeling like quitting and not prepared as well for future schooling in high school or post-secondary). Academic learning should provide knowledge and skills that are of present interest and future practical use for the students, and avoid the large amounts of entertaining trivia (“trivial”), busywork, boring drills, dull discussions, or other wasteful distractions from learning valuable good stuff. PSLC curriculum saves time and organizes relevant material into bite-sized chunks at the student’s level so that a busy mom’s day can run smoother and so that children feel a sense of accomplishing something of worth and grow in wisdom.

             We also believe that Canadian students should have a strong Canadian focus in their curriculum, even though there are useful resources from some non-Canadian curriculum publishers. While we do not stand behind all opinions/perspectives/views, methods, or activities taught within the current public school system, as Christians and Canadian citizens who are responsible for educating children how to live in 21st century society with Biblical values, we do uphold the overall skill-levels and general topics of study that are in our government standards. The methods we use have been successful in classroom and home education settings since the 1950’s/60’s in Canada. It is how we were taught—at home and in the classrooms. In contrast to some complaints about the American school system during that time period (and since), we (Rob and Joy) generally had excellent teachers and we liked school. In our experience, children generally learned meaningful skills and caught the delight of lifelong learning from caring teachers who presented material in an atrractive way. Today, there are still some good teachers in the school system however, they face increasing pressures to provide a very different education than previous generations. Because the public school system has changed to be so different in its focus and time management, we and a number of other parents, have found it much easier and more effective to meet (and exceed) the standards and better prepare our children for life beyond the elementary years by home schooling them. 

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All of the titles pictured below are PSLC publications. (For simplicity’s sake, I have not pictured the individual titles of the Foundational Science Units, which are published as collections in the beige science curriculum full-year books already pictured.)

             PSLC academic curriculum is “kid-tested-and-approved”, AND yes, even longed for! A common complaint in our household still is that they want more “PSLC schoolwork” when they are on “school break” (e.g. Christmas holidays, fall or spring breaks, or a Saturday). Some moms who have liked our methods provided guidance for only one child; others have taught 2 children of “school-age” together and others such as myself, juggle care of babies or toddlers and multi-grades at the same time as sometimes house construction/renovations/packing/unpacking. It is curriculum that I find the easiest to use as a busy mom and I originally created it to be something that was doable AND enjoyable for the long term. It’s “simple”, “fun”, and “it works” to give your child a meaningful education and love of lifelong learning! 

 

NEW! Handwriting for Grade 4 is finished as of July 2014.

Titles being worked on (covers may change and are in draft format presently):

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..plus Math Sticks 2, more Phonics Units, Creative Writing (grades 4-8), and more Multi-grade Science Curriculum for junior/upper elementary.

 

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Text Box: About Rob and Joy (owners)

Titles published under the imprint of Peppermint Stick Learning Company Inc.: