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Mission Statement

To share the stories, philosophies, and resources that inform our unique approach to tutoring, to empower ourselves and our community in individualized learning, and to uplift families, educators, and students.
What is Yellow Parachute Academy?
What is Yellow Parachute Academy?
Personalized Learning Elementary School High School Middle School Learning How to Learn Organization & Study Skills

What is Yellow Parachute Academy?

For the past few weeks I’ve been hearing from a lot of my parent-friends who have concerns about what school will look like in the...
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Survey Says...
Survey Says...
Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn Executive Functioning Skills

Survey Says...

Last month we conducted an informal poll on the Yellow Parachute Learning Partners Facebook page where we asked parents what was t...
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Jump In Coaching
Jump In Coaching
Stress & Anxiety Personalized Learning Parenting Organization & Study Skills Middle School High School Elementary School

Jump In Coaching

"We are not winning at distance learning today. The youngest is already back in bed. He was so crabby he refused to do his school ...
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Redefining “Routine”
Redefining “Routine”
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Stress & Anxiety Organization & Study Skills Executive Functioning Skills

Redefining “Routine”

Routine (noun) rü-ˌtēn.  A regular course of procedure. Habitual or mechanical performance of an established proced...
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We're Working On It
We're Working On It
Personalized Learning Parenting Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

We're Working On It

As parents, there is so much on our plates these days. We're hands-on parenting 24-7. We're working from home. We're helping our k...
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Why it’s Important to Worry About Yourself
Why it’s Important to Worry About Yourself
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

Why it’s Important to Worry About Yourself

With today’s announcement making the temporary closure of schools in Minnesota permanent for the remainder of the school year, you...
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Just give me a routine I can break
Just give me a routine I can break
Organization & Study Skills Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Executive Functioning Skills

Just give me a routine I can break

Just give me a routine I can break! Perhaps by this time in the school year I’ve repeated, “We will NOT have a morning like this a...
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nev·er·the·less
nev·er·the·less
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

nev·er·the·less

nev·er·the·less/ˌnevərT͟Həˈles/adverb in spite of that; notwithstanding; all the same. however.An example of nevertheless is conti...
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Surviving? Our kids ought to be thriving in school.
Surviving? Our kids ought to be thriving in school.
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

Surviving? Our kids ought to be thriving in school.

Do you argue about the same school-related problems every evening? See tears or anger that you don’t understand? Feel like you hav...
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Why we procrastinate, and how we can change
Why we procrastinate, and how we can change
Learning How to Learn Parenting Organization & Study Skills

Why we procrastinate, and how we can change

I’ve been thinking a bit about procrastination. It’s finally spring in Minnesota, and it seems that along with 60-degree weather a...
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Fostering Focus and Building Meaning Part II: Lessons from Your Kids’ Favorite Teacher
Fostering Focus and Building Meaning Part II: Lessons from Your Kids’ Favorite Teacher
Parenting Organization & Study Skills

Fostering Focus and Building Meaning Part II: Lessons from Your Kids’ Favorite Teacher

Does your kid have a favorite teacher? Maybe even teachers, plural? They’re amazing, aren’t they? The work your kid will put in fo...
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Getting Rid of Squirrel-Brain: How to Work Smarter Not Harder
Getting Rid of Squirrel-Brain: How to Work Smarter Not Harder
Learning How to Learn Organization & Study Skills

Getting Rid of Squirrel-Brain: How to Work Smarter Not Harder

Dear Generation Z, aka iGens, aka “teenagers,” I’m worried about you. I know, I’m a worrier. But this world isn’t like it was when...
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How To Do The Things You Don’t Like Doing (And How YP Can Help)
How To Do The Things You Don’t Like Doing (And How YP Can Help)
Parenting Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

How To Do The Things You Don’t Like Doing (And How YP Can Help)

Ok, so when it comes to getting to the gym, I’m pretty disciplined. But I’m disciplined because I enjoy it—the adrenaline, the foc...
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How Talking To Yourself Helps You (And Your Kids) Learn
How Talking To Yourself Helps You (And Your Kids) Learn
Organization & Study Skills Parenting Learning How to Learn

How Talking To Yourself Helps You (And Your Kids) Learn

Do you talk to yourself? I do. Like when I’m making a list of things to pack for the cabin, helping a student with a science quest...
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What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything
What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything
Teaching Stress & Anxiety Reading & Literacy Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Middle School Math Learning How to Learn Test Prep College Search Process High School Executive Functioning Skills Essays & Writing Elementary School ADHD

What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything

We spend a great deal of time telling you the how and why or our teaching, what inspires us, and how we hope to inspire our studen...
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Five Steps To Academic Success
Five Steps To Academic Success
Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn Essays & Writing College Search Process

Five Steps To Academic Success

I’ve spent nearly ten rewarding years as an ACT Test Prep Coach, preparing incredible young people for over 100 ACT and SAT tests....
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Change your life in 30 seconds or less with Habit Gal Sara Brand
Change your life in 30 seconds or less with Habit Gal Sara Brand
Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills

Change your life in 30 seconds or less with Habit Gal Sara Brand

Come New Years, the summer, the weekend, we make our lists—we will use the fresh start, the extra time, the good weather to exerci...
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I Asked My Kids To Set Their Own Bedtimes. Here's What Happened
I Asked My Kids To Set Their Own Bedtimes. Here's What Happened
Parenting Organization & Study Skills

I Asked My Kids To Set Their Own Bedtimes. Here's What Happened

More than a political-patriotic display of unity or might, the Olympics, for me, are incredibly moving. Watch an Olympic athlete i...
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How Asking For Help Makes Space For What Matters
How Asking For Help Makes Space For What Matters
Parenting Organization & Study Skills

How Asking For Help Makes Space For What Matters

This fall, Shauna Niequist’s, Present Over Perfect inspired me to clean out my closet, which in turn inspired me to clean out my l...
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Emotional Healing For An Organized Home With Suzanne van Dyck
Emotional Healing For An Organized Home With Suzanne van Dyck
Organization & Study Skills

Emotional Healing For An Organized Home With Suzanne van Dyck

Keeping a neat home is tough, and even tougher when kids are involved. It isn’t only the toys and sporting equipment that make org...
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How Productive Teens (And Parents) Get It Done In 5 Steps
How Productive Teens (And Parents) Get It Done In 5 Steps
Parenting Organization & Study Skills

How Productive Teens (And Parents) Get It Done In 5 Steps

Cultivating good habits is hard. You need to decide what habits are “good” in the first place, make a plan for acting on them, and...
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Making It Stick Part II: What We’ve Been Getting Wrong About Learning
Making It Stick Part II: What We’ve Been Getting Wrong About Learning
Teaching Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Executive Functioning Skills

Making It Stick Part II: What We’ve Been Getting Wrong About Learning

In 2018, we’re launching a new learning-to-learn curriculum, based on the latest research from educational and clinical psychologi...
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Improve Sleep And Study Time With Aromatherapy
Improve Sleep And Study Time With Aromatherapy
Stress & Anxiety Organization & Study Skills Parenting

Improve Sleep And Study Time With Aromatherapy

Home fragrance has come a long way from the synthetic aerosols and potpourri of yore. More than creating ambiance, a growing body ...
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Yellow Parachute 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (And Discounts!)
Yellow Parachute 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (And Discounts!)
Organization & Study Skills Parenting

Yellow Parachute 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (And Discounts!)

Much as I would love to trade love and good intentions alone this holiday season, the Santa-Industrial-Complex is far bigger than ...
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Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy
Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy
Teaching Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn ADHD Executive Functioning Skills

Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy

It’s not easy to recognize learning disabilities in our kids. To the untrained eye, disorders like ADD or ADHD might look like laz...
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