We are so grateful to Yellow Parachute for the tutoring they did with our daughter. Our tutor’s clarity, flexibility, patience and concern for our daughter; and for our family worked wonders. Our daughter has a chronic illness that took an inexplicable turn for the worse this fall, which jeopardized her life, her aspirations for high school graduation and for college admission for Fall 2016. Her daily situation was unpredictable and at times her learning was impaired making it difficult to know when to meet and how to approach a given subject. Our tutor was flexible in his approach, and ultimately, she got through both AP Calculus and Honors Physics. In Calculus, he played a supportive role as she managed to attend some classes and sort of keep up with the class by attending occasionally. For physics, he had to teach her most of the course including labs. He went the extra mile and met with her physics teacher to understand the labs including their learning purpose.
As of now, our daughter is experiencing the best health she has ever had, and the crisis is past. Because of her efforts, and the support of Yellow Parachute and her teachers, she is going to graduate on time, having learned most of the things she wanted to learn. Being able to get through her health issues without an enormous educational hole to climb out of at the end of it makes a huge difference to her sense of well-being. Thank you.
The years I worked with Tim were the best of my life. Not only did I receive a great education, but I also had fun doing it. From reading poetry by the lake to solving puzzles, I really enjoyed my non-conventional schooling with Tim. I loved the flexibility that homeschooling offered me, and I had much more time to spend with my family and to do the things I love. Working with Tim took the pain out of going to school so much that I could enjoy learning again. Also, having one on one time with my very own teacher helped me to succeed and understand so easily. I believe it is what has made me into the great student I am today. Being able to have some say in what I learned about was a big bonus. For once I didn’t always have to learn information that I may or may not care about. I got to do a few projects on topics of my choosing, and that was nice. Working with Tim felt like working with a friend and mentor. We had a good time together, and I miss the days I got to work with him. Among studying the normal curriculum, we took field trips, gardened, watched documentaries, and learned about current events-things I almost never got to do in public school. I will forever be grateful to Tim for putting up with my antics and for teaching me despite me not always wanting to learn. We connected in a way that is almost impossible to achieve with conventional school teachers. When I went back to public school in ninth grade, I took on honors classes and did extremely well. I credit Tim with most of my success. Being his student was one of the best experiences I have ever had.
Stephanie Gulliver (Art Teacher at Southwest Christian High School):
Reid has been very helpful to our school as our Art Department has been expanding. He has met with me on occasion the last 2 years, working with our Visual Art Department staff to guide us in curriculum building and class choices that will work best for our size school. This advice has been greatly appreciated!
His knowledge in the arts, both as an artist and an educator has been a great resource for me as the head of the Art Department here at Southwest Christian High School.
Reid has also worked alongside one of my former students during her Senior internship. He allowed her to job shadow and she could get a taste of what it is like to be a full-time artist.
“Mrs. Thorpe is a fantastic tutor, who has provided me with much more than just the skills I needed to succeed at school. She has become a strong, caring and kind adult figure in my life and I appreciate all of the help and advice she has given me. I would recommend “Yellow Parachute” to any student who wishes to not only improve grades but also immerse in a subject at an in-depth level and at the pace of choosing.”
-10th Grade Student – Edina, MN
“Our daughter has been coached by Yellow Parachute since 2005, when she was in 6th grade. We saw immediate progress, and she has been an A student ever since, thanks to the support that Cara Thorpe has provided. We can’t recommend her, and her team of tutors enough: organizational skills, time management, math, writing, homework completion, are all skills that K-12 Learning Solutions successfully taught our daughter. On a personal level, Cara was a delight to have in our home. She always timely, professional, and warm and caring. K-12 Learning Solutions has been a blessing and we will continue to use the tutors as our daughter enters the last years of her education.”
-Parent – Edina, MN
“Here are the three reasons we have enjoyed having our kids work with you and your tutors:
1. Each of you has taken a very personal interest in getting to know our kids….not just their development needs, but interest in them as a person.
2. Each of you has brought a clear expertise to the table in working with our kids. You have listened carefully to what I have been searching for in each case, and then provided the right person for the job.
3. We have seen results. Learning does not happen in a linear fashion, so it is often difficult to judge progress along the way. But in each case, we have seen clear growth in our children…both in what they have learned and how they are learning it.”
– Parent, – Edina, MN