& Spelling System
20-minute demo is not an entire lesson.
It is a small
portion of six different lessons. You will see how we explain
syllable types, and how we use them to make syllable division
and spelling simple and logical.
demonstrating is taught at the end of Level 3 and the beginning
of Level 4 in the Barton Reading & Spelling System. So we assume
students have already mastered the seven essential phonemic awareness
skills, the sounds of the short vowels, all the consonants, and
the five most common digraphs.
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Was that an entire lesson?
A: No. It was a small portion of six different
lessons. You saw how we explain syllable types, and how we use
them to make syllable division, and spelling, simple and logical.
Is the entire lesson in color?
A: No. Only the first 20 minutes of a lesson are
in color. The rest of each lesson is in black and white, using
paper and pencil.
What are the steps in a Barton lesson?
A: To see the steps in our lesson plans, click
How long does a lesson take?
A: A tutoring session should never last more than
detailed information on lesson length and frequency, click
I’m trained in a different Orton-Gillingham system. This
is so much easier than what I learned.
A: You’re right.
the many years Susan Barton tutored dyslexic adults, teenagers,
and children, she was trained in seven different Orton-Gillingham-based
methods, as well as three of the Lindamood-Bell programs.
creating the Barton Reading & Spelling System, she combined
the best ideas from these systems – then simplified and
organized the material for ease and effectiveness.
Barton also created new procedures that incorporate the latest
research on phonemic awareness and fluency.
she created many techniques to teach spelling rules and patterns
– so that a student’s spelling improves as much as
their reading. The Barton System teaches spelling much more strongly
than any other Orton-Gillingham-based system.
also wanted to create a system that tutors without college degrees
or teaching experience, and who might be dyslexic themselves,
could use successfully.
Barton Reading & Spelling System is the result of years of
development and “beta testing” in Adult Literacy programs
and Elementary schools. That’s why it works so well—whether
the students are adults, teenagers, or children.
of people around the world – homeschool parents, volunteer
tutors in adult literacy programs, reading and resource specialists,
and professional tutors – use the Barton System to improve
the skills, and the lives, of people with dyslexia.
Can I become a tutor?
A: Yes – IF you can pass our tutor screening.
learn more about becoming a tutor, click
Why do you use nonsense words?
A: In order to be able to read and spell
multi-syllable words, a student must be able to easily read and
spell any one-syllable word – whether they’ve
seen it before or not.
because each syllable in a multi-syllable word looks like a nonsense
word. So only when students become fast, accurate, and comfortable
reading nonsense words, will they master reading and spelling
Does tutoring have to be one-on-one?
A: One-on-one is ideal. Parents paying a tutor
should demand one-on-one.
teachers in a school setting can use the Barton System in small
groups of up to 3 students.
learn how and why, click
I’m a homeschool mom. Can I teach all my children at the
A: Maybe, but we don’t recommend it.
with dyslexia progress at different rates, and they make mistakes
during tutoring. Think how embarrassing it would be if a younger
brother or sister made fewer mistakes, and progressed faster,
than an older sibling.
we recommend one-on-one tutoring – even in a homeschool.
How young or old can a student be?
A: The Barton System has been used successfully
with children as young as 5-and-a-half and adults as old as 70.
of the procedures in the Barton System will offend an older student.
a student must FIRST be able to pass our Student Screening.
learn more about the Barton Student Screening, click
How do I learn the Barton System?
A: Most Barton tutors learn from the tutor training
DVDs included inside each level of the Barton System. Watch
the DVDs on a Saturday afternoon, and start tutoring on Monday.
learn what’s included in each level of the Barton System,
you’d rather learn in a group setting, you can attend our
week-long course, “The Barton System—Live”
taught each summer by Susan Barton herself.
here to learn more about our Summer Seminars.
Susan Barton can be hired to give a one-day workshop at your school called “The Barton System: Just The Rules.” To check availability and the cost of doing on on-site training day, call our office at 408-559-3652 and ask for Lisa.
I’m skeptical. I’ve tried a lot of systems –
from The Phonics Game to Vision Therapy to a Sylvan Learning Center.
Nothing has helped very much.
A: If you’ve already tried any of these:
Kuman, Score or other learning centers
- motion-sickness pills
- herbal remedies
exercises, such as:
- Cranial adjustments,
- Brain Gym,
- Corrective Crawling.
- Interactive Metronome
- or other such “therapies”
much success, your child may have dyslexia. Independent, scientific,
replicated research does NOT support the use of these systems
for children with dyslexia.
learn why, click here.
Will the Barton System really work?
A: Yes, but only if:
don’t have to take our word for it. Independent, scientific,
replicated research supports our approach – for students
who have dyslexia.
read that research, click
tutors, and students will tell you how well it works.
read what they say about the Barton System, click
guarantee your satisfaction. Here’s
If at any time, for any reason, you are
not satisfied with the quality or effectiveness of the Barton
System, you can return it for a complete refund.
What if I get stuck or don’t understand something?
We offer free unlimited support
for anyone using the Barton System.
you have a question or need help, just call us at 408-559-3652
or send an email to Info@BartonReading.com.
I’m in England. Is the Barton System suitable, given the
differences in spelling between British English and American English.
A: The Barton Reading & Spelling System was
designed by an American who was very aware of the spelling differences.
there are only three major differences in spelling between British
English and American English. The first difference doesn’t
appear until Level 7. And in Level 9, The Influence of Foreign
Languages, we explicitly teach the other two.
the Barton System is appropriate for both American and British
our tutor training DVDs are currently available only in NTSC
format, not PAL. So you must use a DVD player that can play NTSC
How much does the Barton System cost?
A: The Barton System is surprisingly affordable
– especially compared to the alternatives.
have two prices. The Single Tutor price is for one tutor. The
Site License price is for sites with many tutors.
the prices of those two options, click
How long will it take?
A: No two people with dyslexia learn at exactly
the same pace, so we can provide an estimate.
a student has classic, moderate dyslexia, and is tutored twice
a week in a one-on-one setting, for an hour each time, it will
take 2 to 3 years to complete all ten levels of the Barton System.
After those 2 to 3 years, a formerly struggling student will read
well and spell competently at the mid-ninth grade level.
with mild dyslexia often complete the system sooner, while students
with severe dyslexia may need more time.
student can make faster progress if tutored more often. A child
tutored 3 or 4 times a week will progress much faster.
Does the Barton System cure dyslexia?
A: No. Use of the Barton Reading & Spelling
System can prevent (or fix) the reading, spelling, and writing
failure caused by dyslexia.
no one can “cure” dyslexia. We teach them to read
and spell in ways that makes sense to them — logical ways
that require very little memorization. With this training, they
can succeed in school and in life – and they can put their
gifts to good use.
people with dyslexia do have talents and gifts in one or more
of these areas:
of all types – painting, sculpting, weaving,
graphic arts, etc.
– both vocal and instrumental.
skills – they can visualize in three-dimensions,
and tend to think in pictures rather than words.
– they tend to be very skilled at working with, and fixing,
machines – copiers, cars, computers, farm equipment, etc.
– many of our highest-paid athletes and coaches are poor
readers and spellers.
– their minds are busy and constantly creating things.
Thinking – they naturally think “outside
the box.” They often find patterns or “see”
solutions that no one else notices.
– they love to know “why” things work –
or don’t work.
– their intuition is right more often than wrong.
would want a world without people with these talents?
they need to complete school, with their self-esteem intact, in
order to use their gifts and talents.