Our story at Yellow Wood is unique and full of passion for helping students succeed. Back in 2013, Laurie Geary was determined to find a better way to guide students and help them overcome learning challenges. She had experienced first hand what learning disabilities did to the confidence of her students and needed a new solution. She found cognitive therapy and primitive reflex integration and never looked back.
In the summer of 2013, she traveled all summer to families’ houses providing one-on-one tutoring using the new methods she learned. Fall 2013 she opened her first “cottage class” of 8 middle school students and continued tutoring one-on-one with students. The next year enrollment doubled and she hired her first employee.
Flash forward to 2019, we have 7 team members at Yellow Wood and provide services to about 40 students in the Lexington, KY area and online. We are still committed to finding a path to success for each and every one of the students we work with.
What do we do?
We provide families with unique learning needs the tools and support they need to homeschool successfully! We use brain based techniques including movement, games, and hands on learning to overcome learning challenges and gain confidence!
Who do we work with?
Is your child a unique learner? Are you considering homeschooling but feel overwhelmed with how to do so with learning differences? We are here to help! We work with a wide variety of students, including those with a diagnosed learning disability, unmotivated learners, or those who thrive in a small and customized environment. Some specific learning differences we've worked with are:
- down syndrome
- and more!
Where do we start?
At Yellow Wood, every new student is first evaluated for their cognitive and academic skills, including working memory, visualization, critical thinking, reading, handwriting, math, primitive reflex integration, social skills, executive functioning, and more. This evaluation gives us a snap shot of the student's skills so that we can strengthen their weaknesses and challenge their strengths. Whether in Lexington or Online, this is our first step for any student we work with!
2. Customized Goal Plan
Using the evaluation, we create an Goal Plan for every student. This action plan includes detailed descriptions of the student's cognitive and academic skills. We then explain the skills we will focus on with your child and what resources will be used to strengthen those areas. It also lays out goals for the student's classes at Yellow Wood and the curriculum they will be using. Every student's Action Plan is unique and it provides the roadmap for success.
3. Choose your Path
Yellow Wood Tutoring is not a one size fits all approach. We offer homeschool classes both online and in Lexington, KY, as well as our exclusive online parent membership site with workshops and resources to do what we do
Carlie Hope, age 16
“From a girl who hated school and cried… to a girl who LOVES school and has friends at school who aren’t bullying her.”
My daughter, Carlie Hope, was born with a rare liver disease called Alagille Syndrome. It is a genetic disorder that can affect the liver, heart and other parts of the body. Unfortunately, this causes severe itching all over her body. The itching made grade school a bit challenging but with scheduled meds, a 504 and eventually an IEP, she made it through 5th grade fairly well. The transition to middle school was quite challenging not only physically but also emotionally. Through lots of prayer and researching for creative options, I stumbled upon Yellow Wood! Carlie started with private tutoring sessions a few times a week and then transitioned to the cottage school the following fall. Carlie went from a girl who hated school and cried when I made her attend to a girl who is thriving, catching up to grade and LOVES school and has friends at school who aren't bullying her. I believe God directed us to Yellow Wood because Carlie needed the special attention and individualized plan for her education.
Joshua, age 12
“Joshua’s anxiety is gone and he is so excited about learning. I no longer have to struggle with communicating Joshua’s needs to teachers.”
Laurie Geary, the founder of Yellow Wood Tutoring, had worked with my son for a few summers. We were thrilled with the advancements Joshua would make each summer. But with no time left after a long school day to continue the exercises, Joshua would usually start losing his desire and ability to achieve by Christmas. Since Laurie was so familiar with Joshua’s abilities, we finally took her up on her offer to integrate a child with Down syndrome into her cottage school. By the end of 5th grade, after spending most of his time in a resource room for the last three years, Joshua was suffering from an anxiety disorder. He had a tremendous desire to learn and do things he saw the typical kids doing in his school but had been categorized as never being able to do any of that so was segregated. He loved his teachers and classmates but was very sad on the inside. That has all changed, thanks to Yellow Wood tutoring. With the small classrooms, truly individualized lesson plans, cognitive exercises, and relaxed but structured atmosphere, Joshua’s anxiety is gone and he is so excited about learning. I no longer have to struggle with communicating Joshua’s needs to teachers. These teachers know he is capable and encourage me to challenge Joshua. We have high expectations of Joshua and most importantly, so do the teachers at Yellow Wood.