Dyslexia Policy

Dyslexia Policy presentation



Guinness World Records Writing Challenge

Guinness World Records is challenging children ages 7 -12 to create a song, poem, rap, poster, short essay, or video describing a record THEY would like to set or break in the next 20 years! The winner will earn $750 and be entered into the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records.  Learn more here.


How do I help my child pick a book at the appropriate reading level?

Choosing a Book in the Comfort Zone by Elain K. McEwan

Ever wonder how to help your child pick a book that is a perfect fit? A book they can read AND understand.  Here is a helpful process that you can guide your child through to help them choose the perfect book. In fact, this is the process most good readers do without thinking about it.  Initially,  your child may need you to explain each step and support them as they move through the process, but over time, they will become more independent and eventually be able to choose the perfect book independently.

Finding the Right Book for Your Child by Reading Rockets

This short article gives an overview of what to consider when looking for a book that matches your child’s interest.  The process for seeing if the book is a “good fit” is a little easier to follow; however, it does not take into account comprehension. It is still worth a look if you need a simple way to help your child pick out a good book.

Understanding Dyslexia in Gainesville

Understanding Dyslexia in Gainesville (U.D.I.G.)

May 18 th at 6:00 p.m.

Think Tank for Kids with Dyslexia and their Parents:

Parents and children are invited to attend together then split into and report back from separate focus groups.

Brian Beckett and Ashley Pennypacker Hill will lead the kids through sharing their experiences and any tips they have found to help them navigate school with dyslexia (if you have a technology tip bring your device to help teach others).

Blake Beckett, Kara Dawson, and Ritzy Ettinger will lead the parents through a similar discussion, from the parents’ perspective.

Then we will get the two groups together at the end to share ideas.


Where: PK Yonge Community Classroom

When: May 18,

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Brian Beckett – Teacher at Camp Crystal Lake and parent of kid with dyslexia

Ashley Pennypacker Hill – MTSS Specialist at PK Yonge

Blake Beckett – Third Grade Teacher at PK Yonge and parent of kid with dyslexia

Kara Dawson – UF College of Education Faculty and parent of kid with dyslexia

Ritzy Ettinger – Guidance Counselor at PK Yonge

The Importance of Phonemic Awareness in Learning to Read

Is your child struggling to learn to read? Phonemic awareness, or the awareness of phonemes, the smallest parts of sound that make a difference in a word’s meaning, is critical to learning to read.  In this article Wesley Hoover explains what phonemic awareness is and why it is so important.

The Importance of Phonemic Awareness in Learning to Read by Wesley Hoover

Summer Science Fun!

***Early Bird Special Rate available if you register now through June 6th**  $6 off!

Looking for some summer fun learning, but don’t want your child gone all week at camp?  Check out Summer Science Fun at the HRC!  This exciting new offering is led by Jessica Adams, Organizer for the Gainesville Homeschool Cooperative and experienced educator.

Bring your 5 – 8 year olds to learn about physics concepts and create their own toys to help them discover more about the physical world.  Over the span of 4 weeks, just one 2hr session a week, your child(ren) will have the opportunity to enjoy air-conditioned fun with other kids, designing, building, decorating, and playing with their own unique creations, as well as participating in cooperative games that will get them practice with divergent thinking.  Each week your child(ren) will have at least one new project to create and bring home for future play.  We will have group level discussions about related science topics and play games relevant to the topic and project of the day.

Choose between Wednesday mornings from 10am until 12 noon or Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm (see dates below).  Sibling discount is available.  Please no children under age 5 in the class.  Reading is not required, however adequate manual dexterity and vocabulary comprehension are needed.

Drop off or stay and play.  Your choice!  Younger siblings may use the play space provided by the HRC while older siblings are in class.

$80 covers all 4 weeks and includes materials fee.  Sorry, no partial session spaces are available, but look out for Summer Science Fun 2 later this summer!

*Option A:  Wednesdays, 10am to 12pm:  June 18, 25, July 2, 9

*Option B:  Thursdays, 1pm to 3pm:  June 19, 26, July 3, 10

*  Both days cover the same material.

To ask any questions you may have, please contact Jessica Adams at (727) 501-2798 or by email at random.adams@gmail.com.


TO REGISTER, PLEASE GO TO:  http://tinyurl.com/kl78hav


Payment methods accepted include:  Paypal, check, or cash, after registration confirmation.

 Classes will be hosted at the Homeschool Resource Center located at 1731 NW 6th St, Suite #C-1, Gainesville, FL 32609. All schooling backgrounds are welcome to register. I am an independent contractor using the space. For more information on the HRC, please visit their website: https://homeschoolgainesville.com/

Unique classroom/resource center for rent

Seeking freelance educators, tutors, teachers, and other education and child development professionals
Are you tired of hunting for a space at the library? Driving all over town to tutor in people’s homes, or cleaning your own house each time you have a student scheduled? Do you have a class you would like to teach, but you don’t have a classroom to teach it in? Do you need a reliable space for your group to meet? Me too! That is why I created this unique learning space in the heart of town.

The HRC has it all!
• Three separate rooms
• Tables and chairs
• Whiteboards
• Projectors
• SMARTboard
• Huge curriculum library available
• Wi-fi
• Computers and printer
• Manipulatives and educational games

Suitable for one-on-one tutoring of all age groups: public school, private school, college level, and for classes for up to 10 students. In a quiet building on NW 6th Street with plenty of parking.

Membership Dues
Tutor Member: One-on-one tutoring, $100/month, up to 15 hours
Teacher Member: Classes, $200/month, up to 10 hours

Hourly Rental Price
One to two hours $25/hr
Three to five hours $20/hr
Daily rental $100/dayImageImageImageImage

Battlebots–Register TODAY!

Dr. James and Gwen Thompson
April 10th – May 1st–Thursdays from 1:00-3:00
$120 + $48 materials

In this exciting four-part robotics series, for ages 7 to 18, students will learn simple circuits, battery basics, and mini-motors. This course is ideal for beginners in electronics, or young robotics enthusiasts who just want to have a little fun. This course will involve soldering, intermediate circuits, and electronics to create a series of increasingly complex robots starting with a Beginner Battle Bot and ending with an Epic Judo Bot which students will create during the three hour semester finale.  Students MUST have some experience in soldering and/or be able to follow tool safety rules and procedures.  Battling is not required.

Registration Closes Monday, April 7th.

Little Wiz Wednesdays

Only two spots left in our Junior Robotics: Little Wiz Kids Art & Design class.

Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

Register today at http://www.homeschoolgainesville.com

Check out this awesome line-up of activities:

Week 1: we will learn about Robots and their uses. The students will experiment with different robots to learn about design, form and function. We will build a Draw-bot and create our own works of robotic art.

Week 2: We will take Music with the Makey-Makey to the next level. We will design our own musical instruments and create unique musical compositions. Students will make their own conductive ink art for use with their sound machines

Week 3:  We will explore the concepts of robotics programming by “programming” ourselves just like we would a robot in the game “How to train your robot”. We will Push Button Programmable Robots to create a unique wall mural.

Week 4: We will be building on what we learned in Little Wiz Kids 1 and we will design our own “kicked up” Bristle-bot catamarans[S1] . This will be a much more complex build with more student involvement and creativity.

Parents Teaching Mathematics: Things to Know and Do–This THURSDAY!

Don’t miss it!

What: Hands-on How to Teach Math workshop

When: Thursday, February 20th 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Homeschool Resource Center

Why: Because YOU are your child’s FIRST teacher!

Register Now! Only three spots left!

About the Class

This two-hour informative and interactive workshop empowers parents to teach mathematics to their young children. The facilitator will cover mathematics content and pedagogy to help homeschooling parents “…create a rich integrated mathematics experience for their children”.  Mathematics topics for the workshop include number sense, basic operations and problem solving. In addition to the mathematics topics, the facilitator will address supporting frameworks such as (1) instructing for conceptual as well as procedural understanding and (2) using manipulatives.

About the Instructor

Dr. Thomasenia Adams is a mathematics teacher educator/researcher in the School of Teaching & Learning and the Associate Dean of Research, Faculty Development and Graduate Education in the College of Education (COE) at the University of Florida. Her scholarship includes funded grants at the national and state levels, including her role as Co-Principal Investigator on the Florida STEM Teacher Induction and Professional Support Center funded by the Florida Department of Education and the UF Noyce Scholars Program: Raising STEM EduGators funded by the National Science Foundation. Her list of credentials is too long to include here. To learn more Dr. Adams and her extensive accomplishments in mathematics education and teacher development please click http://education.ufl.edu/faculty/adams-thomasenia-l/.