a Level? Back
tutors need to be trained as quickly as possible.
why we split the Barton System into ten levels. That means you
don’t have to learn the entire system before you start.
Click here to watch Susan Barton explain Levels
need to learn one level at a time.
is shipped in a separate, easy-to-store box.
contains everything you need to be successful:
Tutor Training on DVD
tutor training DVDs contain five to six hours of in-depth instruction.
Susan Barton will demonstrate every lesson you’ll be
teaching in this level – with a real student.
stop and practice new skills every ten to fifteen minutes.
demonstrate mistakes students may make – and how to correct
training comes to you – so you don’t have to attend
seminars to get started.
rather attend a seminar, that option is sometimes available in the summer. Just click
here to learn more.)
Tutor Manual with Complete Lesson Plans
manual contains everything you need to teach the lessons in
one well-organized place.
lesson plans are provided. There is enough material in our lesson
plans to teach a lesson twice – without using the same
words, sentences, or stories.
in our tutor manual contains a wide column and a narrow column.
The wide column contains full scripting (for those who want
that level of support) while the narrow column contains just
summary information To view a page from our tutor manual, click
contains many steps, starting with the easiest and working up
to the hardest. To view an outline of the steps in a Barton
lesson plan, click
Color-coded Letter Tiles
letters tiles are manufactured specifically for the Barton Reading
& Spelling System. As
you saw in the demo, color makes syllable types obvious, and
it simplifies syllable division.
All other manipulatives
else you need to teach the lessons or play the reinforcement
games is included.
Plus free unlimited support
If you ever have a question while using the Barton System, just give us a call, send us an email, visit our Tutor Support webpage, or post a question on our online Barton Tutors chat group.
are ten levels in the Barton System Back
just one level at a time. Spend a Saturday afternoon watching
its Tutor Training DVDs. Then start teaching on Monday.
your student is near the end of that level would you get the next
contains from 10 to 15 lessons. (Levels 1 and 2 are a bit shorter.)
If a student
is being tutored twice a week, it will take from 3 to 5 months
to complete a level (once they are in level 3 or higher).
with a school or buying these with a grant, you may wish to get
all ten levels at once.
But if you’re
a parent or on a tight budget, you can get just one level at a
& Short Vowels
Syllables and Units
Division & Vowel Teams
Reasons for Silent-E
of Foreign Languages
Words & Latin Roots
Our level numbers
do NOT equate to grade level. They simply indicate the sequence
in which the material must be taught.
why most students, no matter how old they are, must start with
Level 1, click here
who have completed all ten levels will be reading, spelling, and
doing basic writing at the mid-ninth
and Sequence Back
see what’s taught in every lesson of every level, click
of the Barton System
offer two different versions of the Barton System.
Tutor version allows one tutor
to teach many students.
License version allows many tutors to teach many
more about these two versions, and their cost, click
We are the
sole distributor of the Barton System. So if
you are with a school or other governmental agency, you do not
have to request competitive bidding to obtain the Barton System.
In May 2003,
the Barton Reading & Spelling System was approved by the California
Board of Education. These materials have now been added to their
Instructional Materials Approved for Legal Compliance
list. To see the results of searching for Barton Reading & Spelling System on their website, click here.
That means any public school in California may purchase the Barton System
using textbook funds.
Does a student have to start at Level 1?
A: Most students need to start at Level 1 –
no matter how old they are.
because research proves that a lack of phonemic awareness is what
is preventing them from being able to read unknown words by sounding them out – and to spell by sounding out. Phonemic awareness
is the ability to hear and manipulate each sound in a word –
in your head, without letters.
research shows there are seven
essential phonemic awareness skills a student must have before
letters will start to make sense. We teach all seven of those
skills in Level 1.
So if your student has not had recent and intense Orton-Gillingham-based tutoring,
start the student in Level 1. If it proves to be too easy, we
will exchange it – FREE – for Level 2.
But if your student has had recent and intense Orton-Gillingham-based tutoring, let
us know. We will then send you the post-tests for our first
few levels so you can determine the right starting spot for that student.
Do you have pre- and post-tests so that I can prove progress on
A: Yes. Each level has a post-test that you can
use as a pre-test (if necessary) to prove that a student could not before you taught those lessons, but the student can do those same tasks easily and with at least 95% accuracy (which is true mastery) after you have taught the lessons in that level.
By the way, if you are a Resource Specialist, let
us know if you need IEP goals that exactly match each level in the Barton System.
How long does it take to complete all ten levels?
A: Since no two people with dyslexia learn at exactly
the same pace, we can only provide a range.
If a student
has classic, or moderate, dyslexia, and is tutored twice a week
in a one-on-one setting for an hour each time, it will take from
2 to 3 years to complete the entire Barton System. So in just
2 to 3 years, you can take a struggling student to the mid-ninth-grade
level in reading, spelling, and basic writing.
with mild dyslexia may complete the system a bit faster, while students
with more severe dyslexia may need 4 to 5 years.
way a student can make faster progress is to be tutored more often.
If a child can be tutored 3 or 4 times a week, they’ll complete
the Barton System much faster.
details on the frequency and length of tutoring sessions, click
Why stop at the mid-ninth grade level?
A: There are no more rules to teach. At that point,
the student can read anything – even college textbooks.
In our society
today, adult reading level is ninth-grade level.
Once an adult
can read and spell at the ninth-grade level, they can read well
enough to attend Adult Basic Education courses to prepare for
the G.E.D. or go to college.
My child is only in third grade. Do I need to get all ten levels?
A: No. But do not stop at Level 3. Our level numbers
do NOT equate to grade levels. I recommend taking a student who is in elementary school all the way through the end of Level 8. That's because teachers in intermediate school (junior high) assume their students can already do everything we teach in Levels 1 through 8.
wonderful to see a child progress from being the worst speller
in the class in third grade, to being an average speller in fourth
grade, to being a superstar in fifth grade – and be able
to explain to the teacher exactly why a word is spelled that way.
We’ve seen this happen thousands of times.
taken many third graders through Level 8. If they’re being
tutored only twice a week, they may be a fifth grader by the time
they complete Level 8.
By that time,
they may have a large enough vocabulary to be able to tackle Levels
9 and 10. If not, work on growing their oral vocabulary and delay
those last two levels until seventh grade.
the Influence of Foreign Languages, and Level 10, Latin
Roots and Greek Words, ideally would be taught before a child
enters high school.
levels will ensure that the student can read and spell all of
the sophisticated words they’ll encounter in high school
and college science, social studies, and math courses.
Does the Barton System come with any software?
A: Yes. We have created extra practice games to
reinforce the skills taught in Levels 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the Barton System.
These free games
reside on the Internet, so you do not have to
purchase software to access them.
get the Barton Level, just turn to the Games section of your tutor
manual. It will show you the web address for our games.
If you have an iPad, take a look at our Barton Tiles app – which replaces the tile work done in each lesson.
I know the Barton System contains many one-page stories at the
end of every lesson. Are there any stand-alone books that my child
can read while going through your system?
A: Yes. Once children with dyslexia realize that
they CAN read – without guessing or memorizing words –
they’re eager to read books.
they’ve been taught all of the rules in the first 8 levels,
they can’t read most library books – without reverting
hired authors to create stand-alone controlled-text books for
every level of the Barton System.
an order form for these stand-alone books, click
We also search
libraries and other sources for controlled-text books. Books written
by other authors are listed in the Games section of our tutor
I am a Reading Specialist, and I can tutor students one-on-one. How many levels will I need
for a nine-month school year?
A: You will
need at least Levels 1, 2, and 3.
If your budget permits, also get Level 4. Some of your students may be able to complete the first half of Level 4 before the school year ends.
If I teach 3 students at the same time, do I need to modify
your system or get extra supplies?
A: Yes. Only one set of color-coded letter tiles is included
with each Barton Level. But it helps students stay actively involved
with the lesson if they each have their own set.
So we recommend you purchase an extra set of tiles for each student.
If you purchased your Barton Levels directly from us, and you have a single tutor version, you can
order up to 3 extra sets of tiles. If your school has a site license, they can order as many extra sets of tiles as they need.
To download the Extra Tiles Order Form, just
Can I teach the Barton System to my entire class?
A: No. The Barton System is not designed
to be classroom curriculum. So if you are a regular education teacher,
do not purchase the Barton System.
It was designed for intense intervention, which if possible, should be done one-on-one. The maximum group size allowed with the Barton System is three-on-one.
Please be aware you will not save any time tutoring in a group. That is because each student in that group must receive the equivalent intensity of 2 hours of 1-on-1 tutoring per week. The intensity in 3-on-1 tutoring is not the same as 1-on-1 tutoring. To get the same intensity, you must tutor a group of 3 students for 6 hours each week.
Also, the more students in a group, the longer it will take to complete the Barton System. Thatís because you have to pace the lesson for the slowest student. And you cannot present new material if any one of the students is absent.
So if at all possible, please do one-on-one tutoring – even if that means training an aide or a parent or a volunteer to use the Barton System.