My son has made tremendous progress in the Barton System. When he started as a first grader, he could only read short two- and three-letter words. Reading was a chore. Even with flash cards and repetition, he wasn't getting it.

After participating in this program, he is now reading at grade level and can easily get through a book.

Lisa Hartley
Pleasanton, CA


In 5th grade we realized that our son was about to enter middle school, and yet was still functionally illiterate.

I began working on Level 1 with Danny, and for the first time, I could see that things were making sense to him.

His reversals of letters and numbers when writing went away. It was amazing.

A quantum leap in his spelling and reading comprehension took place.

We've been using the Barton System for 18 months. Danny made the Honor Roll this year. His most recent report card was straight-A's!

The school principal was so impressed by Danny's improvement that she ordered the Barton System.

Mike Billo
San Francisco, CA


My second grade-daughter hated school and often came home crying. She complained that the other kids laughed at her. I was concerned about my daughter's skills and horrified that she hated school!

My daughter began the Barton Reading System in October. I am thrilled to report her progress. In just two months, her reading improved by 20 words per minute. She now loves school. She also loves to read. She still has more work ahead, but she loves "doing Barton." Thank you for such a wonderful program.

Susan Garcia
Pleasanton, CA


I have been home schooling for over 6 years, and I've been searching for a curriculum that would help my children with their reading and spelling, as well as be easy to use and not require a great deal of training outside the home. I had almost given up hope when I finally stumbled across the Barton Reading and Spelling System.

The Barton System's train-as-you-go style makes it extremely easy to use. All the lessons are laid out very clearly, and it's lots of fun. In just a few short months, my son's spelling has improved, and he has even commented on how the system has helped him to hear sounds in the words he spells.

My daughter, who was always reluctant to pick up a book, can hardly be found without one now, and her spelling has improved tremendously. They both look forward to our time together, especially the games at the end.

I am very excited about the Barton System. I hope many more homeschooling families will find it to be the key to their child's success in reading and spelling.

Linda Luebker
Castro Valley, CA


Because he sees how much the Barton Reading and Spelling System has helped him, my second grade son asks, "Mommy, why can't everybody have tutoring?"

This system has saved our family years of searching and frustration, and has given my son the confidence to continue trying.

I appreciate the step-by-step details of the lesson plans and the integration of spelling along with reading.

Sue Maass
Cupertino, CA


The Barton System has made a great difference to my daughter. Her reading, comprehension, and joy in reading have all improved because of this program. She is becoming more confident, and she can now attack words successfully.

In spelling last year, she struggled so much. Now she gets assigned 15 words each week, and gets 12-13 right.

Her reading is more fluid. She wants to try words she has not seen before, and often gets them right. All of her teachers have seen the difference.

This program is special and needs to spread. If you need a voice, I pledge my support.

Paul Theobald
Pleasanton, CA


I'd like to send a note of praise regarding the Barton Reading and Spelling System. I am a parent AND a tutor. The Barton System gives students rules to follow and "tricks" to help them remember the rules. In my opinion, it is a program that helps the "falling through the cracks" kids who are bright but struggle with reading.

My son is one who needed this program. He now picks up things to read that he wouldn't have considered a year ago.

Victoria Rosenberg
Pleasanton, CA


I can't believe that I am almost 50 years old and I've never known any of this. I didn't even know what a phoneme was until I looked it up in the dictionary.

When I started volunteering at the literacy program, I thought to myself, "This is something that I can do because I read really well." Well, it didn't take me long to figure out that doing and teaching are completely different.

Now I understand what the struggling kids are dealing with. I had my doubts at the beginning whether or not I could teach this way, but I'm getting more confident. I can't tell you how impressed I am by your system.

Joan Lehman
Copperopolis, CA


My son is now in Level 5 of the Barton System and he's in a reading frenzy. When we were shopping at Costco, I finally had to take his book away. He said it was so good he couldn't put it down. Those were the magic words I'd hoped to hear for so many years.

After one year of tutoring, he's gone from struggling with second-grade readers to rapidly and accurately reading -- and loving -- fifth-grade books. Your system is fabulous.

Sharon Marriott
Livermore, CA


Although we have only been working in the Barton program together a short time, the change in the body posture of these students is so amazing. They walk with more confidence, now with their heads looking up and forward — no longer down or to the side.

These students were the ones who avoided class and who could care less about anything which required them to read. I wish you could see them now as we work together. They do not want to stop.

The Barton System has not only improved their reading and spelling skills, but also their self-esteem! It is GREAT to see their smiles, their confidence, and their willingness to participate in class.

Mary Charuhas, SDC Paraeducator
Pleasanton, CA


I have been a special education teacher for the past 18 years. I work in the Special Day Class with high school students. These students typically read at the second to fourth grade levels. Despite years of Special Ed help, improvement is usually minimal.

But my SDC high school students using the Barton System have shown 4 to 7 years of growth in reading when tutored twice a week for 2 years.

With the state's demands for higher standards and test scores, we must offer our struggling students a reading program that works — like the Barton System.

Gail Myers, SDC Teacher
Pleasanton, CA


I am so proud of the progress my students have made with your program since last spring. One of my students in sixth grade has moved through Levels 1 and 2 and is beginning Level 3. It has been slow and steady and really worth the effort on his part and on mine. His reading has improved as well as his spelling. He is now able to compete at the challenge word level in spelling bees, and read Stuart Little for his book report with great enthusiasm and comprehension.

I am so very grateful to you for providing this high-quality and super-effective system.

Denise Friedman, Resource Specialist
Chicago, IL


When this student began third grade, he was disinterested in reading altogether, and he was unable to read grade-level material fluently.

With the support of the Barton System, he is now confident in his abilities, and he's able to comfortably read grade-level material. He now has the ability to read multi-syllabic words.

Amy Soule, Third Grade Teacher
Pleasanton, CA


I have struggled for nearly 35 years with dyslexia. I was diagnosed at a young age, but my parents felt I "just needed to work harder" because I was so bright. I managed to graduate from high school with a lot of help and luck. But I dropped out of several colleges because I was just too frustrated to continue.

I have been a student in the Barton System for the past six months. I cannot begin to share how many times I have finished a tutoring lesson and said, "Gee, if only it had been explained this way when I was in school, I might not have struggled so much."

The confidence I have in my reading ability has grown incredibly.

I recently was required to give a speech to a group of over 400 people. Before starting the Barton System, I would have refused because my reading problems were so severe. Instead, I gave the speech — and received a standing ovation. It made my year.

Trish McCauley, adult student
San Jose, CA


A very useful, well-taught, and well-constructed program. I think they would be a great asset to this community.

I shared the materials with the Head of Special Education, who also found them to be excellent.

Risa Sokolsky, Professional Tutor
Newfield, NY

 

Price & Ordering

Links

Single Tutor Version Back to Top

Order the Single Tutor Version


The Single Tutor version is ideal if there is going to be only one Barton tutor.

But BEFORE you order Level 1, give your student our 10-minute Student Screening.

The Student Pages come as blackline masters. So one tutor can teach many different students.

But the Single Tutor version includes only one spiral-bound copyrighted Tutor Manual, and only one set of tiles. That means only one tutor can use it with one student at time.

An experienced teacher can use this version to teach a small group of students (maximum of 3 students) by ordering up to 3 extra sets of tiles.

What’s included in the Single Tutor version?
Each level of the Single Tutor version includes:

  • 2 Tutor Training DVDs
  • 1 coil-bound copyrighted Tutor Manual
  • 1 unbound blackline master of the Student Pages
  • 1 set of color-coded letter tiles
  • Plus anything else needed to give the lessons or play the games in that level
  • Free unlimited support by phone, email, tutor support website, or online Barton Tutor chat group

What’s a Level?
To learn about levels, click here. It takes most students 3 to 5 months to complete a level once they reach Level 3. Levels 1 and 2 will not take that long.

Single-Tutor Prices

Level #
Title
Single Tutor Price
1
Phonemic Awareness
$250
2
Consonants & Short Vowels
$250
3
Closed & Unit Syllables
$300
4
Syllable Division & Vowel Teams
$300
5
Prefixes & Suffixes
$300
6
Six Reasons for Silent-E
$300
7
Vowel-R Syllables
$300
8
Advanced Vowel Teams
$300
9
Influences of Foreign Languages
$300
10
Greek Words & Latin Roots
$300

This price includes:

• all of the training a tutor needs – on DVD
or you can watch our training videos online
• the training comes to you
so there are no travel costs
• the training is reusable
train everyone with the same DVDs
your aide, next year’s teacher, etc.
• free unlimited support
for anyone using the Barton System

Order just one level at a time
When it arrives, spend 6 hours watching our tutor training DVDs. You can watch all of it on one day, or you can spread it across several evenings.

Or start watching our tutor training videos the minute you place your order – over the internet – on your desktop or portable computer, on your iPad or Android tablet, or even on your phone.

Then start teaching the very next day using the lesson plans in our Tutor Manual.

When your student starts the last lesson in that level, order the next level.

It takes most students 3 to 5 months to complete a level once they reach Level 3. Levels 1 and 2 will not take as long.

Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee:
If at any time, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with the quality or effectiveness of the Barton System, you can return it for a full refund.

If a level proves to be too easy, we will gladly exchange it for the next higher level.

Too Expensive? Think Again
Less than $ 100 per month

It will take a student with moderate or "classic" dyslexia, being tutored one-on-one twice a week, from 3 to 5 months to complete a level once they reach Level 3. So it costs less than $100 a month to use the Barton System.

If you’re a parent and that’s still too much, click here for ways to lower the cost.

To Order The Single Tutor Version:
To order on our secure e-store using a Visa or Mastercard, click here.

To order by phone, call 408-559-3652.

To download an order form that you can fax or mail in, click here.

Purchase Orders can be faxed to 408-377-0503.

Can I get extra tiles?
Yes, you may purchase up to 3 additional sets of tiles, but only for the Barton Levels that you purchased directly from us. We do not sell extra tiles if you purchased it used from someone else. To order extra tiles, click here.

Or if you have an iPad, use our Barton Tiles app instead of ordering tiles.

More questions? Click here to read our Ordering FAQ’s, call us at 408-559-3652, or email your question to us by clicking here.
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Site License Back to Top

Order the Site License Version

A Site License is cost effective only if your site will have three or more tutors.

Watch: What is a Site License?

 

A Site License is ideal for:

  • professional tutoring centers,
  • early intervention programs,
  • adult literacy programs,
  • charter schools that support homeschool parents, or
  • large schools with three or more Reading or Resource Specialists.

Everything in a Site License version comes with permission to make an unlimited number of copies: the Tutor Manual, the Student Pages, the training DVDs – even the color-coded tiles.

We also include two items to make it easier to train tutors using our Tutor Training DVDs: a Facilitator’s Guide, and a Training Day Planning Guide.

What is a site?
A site is the physical site of a single school or tutoring center or adult literacy center. Anyone tutoring at that physical site, whether a paid staff member or a volunteer, would be able to use the Barton System on that site.

A charter school that support home educators can buy a site license so that their homeschooling parents can get the Barton System through them, either for free or for a small duplication fee.

Is there an annual renewal fee?
No. You buy a Site License just once. You can use it forever, and make an unlimited number of copies, at no additional cost.

Can every school in my district use our Site License?
No. Each school would need its own Site License. Remember, a site is the physical site of a single school or organization.

If you are interested in a district-wide license, please call our office at 408-559-3652 to discuss your specific needs.

What’s included in a Site License
Each level of the Site License version includes:

• 2 Tutor Training DVDs
with the right to duplicate them
or your tutors can watch them online, for free

• 1 blackline master of the Tutor Manual
• 1 blackline master of the Student Pages
• 5 sets of color-coded letter tiles
with the right to buy extra tiles at our cost
• Plus 5 sets of everything else needed
to give the lessons
or play the games in that level

Can I get extra tiles?
Yes, with a site license, you may purchase an unlimited number of additional sets of tiles, but only for the Barton Levels that you already own. To order extra tiles, click here.

If your staff or tutors have iPads, they might prefer to use our Barton Tiles app.

Site License Prices

Level #
Title
Site License Price
1
Phonemic Awareness
$750
2
Consonants & Short Vowels
$750
3
Closed & Unit Syllables
$1000
4
Syllable Division & Vowel Teams
$1000
5
Prefixes & Suffixes
$1000
6
Six Reasons for Silent-E
$1000
7
Vowel-R Syllables
$1000
8
Advanced Vowel Teams
$1000
9
Influences of Foreign Languages
$1000
10
Greek Words & Latin Roots
$1000

This price includes:

• all of the training a tutor needs – on DVD
• the training comes to you
there are no travel or trainer costs
• the training is reusable
train everyone with the same DVDs
all teachers & aides, volunteers,
next year's teachers, etc.

• all materials can be duplicated
there are no consumables
• free unlimited support
for everyone using the Barton System

Grants:
A few organizations write a grant to fund a Site License. To learn more about grants, click here.

To Order The Site License Version:
To order on our secure e-store using a Visa or Mastercard, click here.

To order by phone, call 408-559-3652.

To download an order form that you can fax or mail in, click here.

Purchase Orders can be faxed to: 408-377-0503.

For our mailing address, click here.

More questions? Click here to read our Ordering FAQ’s, call us at 408-559-3652, or email your question by clicking here.
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Trade Up Option Back to Top

Order the Trade Up Option

Many schools or organizations start with a Single Tutor version of the Barton System – to try it out. Once they see the rapid improvements in reading and spelling, they want to “trade in” their Single Tutor version for a Site License.

So we created a Trade Up Option – for those who want to trade in their Single Tutor version for a Site License.

Here’s how it works.

You get to keep the Single Tutor version that you already own.

We’ll send you a complete Site License version, but charge you only the difference between the two versions.

For instance, a Site License version of Level 1 is $750. But you already paid $250 for the Single Tutor version. So the Trade Up Option for Level 1 is $500 – which is the difference between those two prices: $750 - $250 = $500.

What’s included in a Trade Up Option?
A complete Site License version.

Each level of the Site License version includes:

• 2 Tutor Training DVDs
with the right to duplicate them
or buy extra DVDs at our cost

• 1 blackline master of the Tutor Manual
• 1 blackline master of the Student Pages
• 5 sets of color-coded letter tiles
with the right to buy extra tiles at our cost
• Plus 5 sets of everything else needed
to give the lessons
or play the games in that level

Can I get extra tiles?
Yes, you may purchase unlimited number of additional sets of tiles, but only for the Barton Levels that you already own. To order extra tiles, click here.

Trade-Up Prices

Level #
Title
Trade Up Option
1
Phonemic Awareness
$500
2
Consonants & Short Vowels
$500
3
Closed & Unit Syllables
$700
4
Syllable Division & Vowel Teams
$700
5
Prefixes & Suffixes
$700
6
Six Reasons for Silent-E
$700
7
Vowel-R Syllables
$700
8
Advanced Vowel Teams
$700
9
Influences of Foreign Languages
$700
10
Greek Words & Latin Roots
$700

To Qualify for the Trade Up Option
You must already own the Single Tutor version of that level.

Grants:
A few organizations write a grant to fund the Trade Up Option. To learn more about grants, click here.

To Order The Trade Up Option:
To order on our secure e-store using a Visa or Mastercard, click here.

To order by phone, call 408-559-3652.

To download an order form that you can fax or mail in, click here.

Purchase Orders can be faxed to: 408-377-0503.

For our mailing address, click here.

More questions? Click here to read our Ordering FAQ’s, call us at 408-559-3652, or email your question by clicking here.
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Extra Tiles Back to Top

Order Extra Tiles

Color-coded letter tiles are an essential part of the Barton Reading & Spelling System. You can only purchase letter tiles for the levels of the Barton System that you already own.

Single Tutor Tiles:
One set of tiles is included inside each Single Tutor level of the Barton System, which is all you need if you are tutoring one-on-one. But if you are tutoring 3 students at a time, you’ll find it helpful if each student has their own set of tiles.

So owners of a Single Tutor version can purchase up to 3 extra sets of tiles for each level they own.

Or if you have an iPad, use our Barton Tiles app instead.

Site License Tiles:
Five sets of tiles are included inside each Site License level of the Barton System.

Owners of a Site License can purchase an unlimited number of extra sets of tiles.

Or if your tutors have iPads, they might prefer our Barton Tiles app.

Prices for Extra Tiles

Level #
Title
Extra Set of Tiles
1
Phonemic Awareness
$3
2
Consonants & Short Vowels
$10
3
Closed & Unit Syllables
$10
4
Syllable Division & Vowel Teams
$10
5
Prefixes & Suffixes
$10
6
Six Reasons for Silent-E
$10
7
Vowel-R Syllables
$10
8
Advanced Vowel Teams
$10
9
Influences of Foreign Languages
$10
10
Greek Words & Latin Roots
$10

 

To Order Extra Tiles:
To order on our secure e-store using a Visa or Mastercard, click here.

To order by phone, call 408-559-3652.

To download an order form that you can fax or mail in, click here.

To fax in a purchase order, just dial: 408-377-0503.

For our mailing address, click here.

More questions? Click here to read our Ordering FAQ’s, call us at 408-559-3652, or email your question by clicking here.
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Barton Tiles App for the iPad Back to Top

Watch demo video

This optional iPad app is more than just tiles on an iPad. It is a true student management system. The tiles and words for each student's lesson appear automatically.

Since you do not have to set up and put away the tiles, you will have more time to teach.

To learn more, click here.



Stand-Alone Books Back to Top

Order Stand-Alone Books

Once students in the Barton System realize they can read accurately and fluently, they’ll want to start reading books.

This usually happens near the end of Level 3.

But at that point, they only know two syllable types, Closed and Unit, plus contractions.

Reading research clearly shows that emerging readers will improve their fluency (speed) only if they read books that contain controlled text. In other words, books in which at least 95% of the words can be sounded out using the rules the student already knows.

Unfortunately, most books on the library shelf—even ones aimed at young readers—contain all seven types of syllables. So if you hand a student one of those books to read, the student will have to revert to guessing – the very habit you’re trying to break.

That’s why we hired authors to write Stand-Alone Books. Each of these 32-page books contains one long story written using Controlled Text plus the Sight Words taught in the Barton System.

These books provide Barton students with lots of decoding practice, plus the satisfaction of reading a good book from cover to cover – independently – perhaps for the first time in their life.

Right now, there are seven Stand-Alone Books that students can read at the end of Level 3, eight for students at the end of Level 4, and five for students at the end of Level 5. Check our list of titles frequently, as it will be expanding rapidly.

Each book was written to be enjoyed by both children and adults.

To read a few sample chapters from a Level 4 book, just click here.

Stand-Alone Books for the end of Level 3

Book #
Book Title Author
Price
SA01

Fish, Fox,
and Then Some
Seven classic Aesops fables, retold using one-syllable words.

Karin Fisher
$7.95
SA02

A Job for Jeff
The story of a teen who applies for a job as a summer camp counselor.

Peggy Smith
$7.95
SA03
The Champ
The adventures of a boy and his new puppy.
Peggy Smith
$7.95
SA04
Pig, Pig, and Pig
Three little pigs, retold using sophisticated one-syllable words.
Karin Fisher
$7.95
SA05
The Tax Man
A tax preparer can't get his first computer to work, so his son tries to teach him.
Andra Hansen
$7.95
SA06
The Quest
A story of a stow away, who eventually ends up owning the ship.
Andra Hansen
$7.95
SA08
The Moth
A Vietnamese folktale of a greedy landlord and the boy who outsmarts him.
Karin Fisher
$7.95
SA25
Jim and the
Milk Truck
Jim does good deeds and falls in love with a woman on his milk truck route.
Melissa Duersch
$7.95
SA26
Quack!
A sweet fantasy about a fixing a duck who could not say quack.
Melissa Duersch
$7.95
SA27
The Small Child
An adaptation of a fairy tale called The Hazelnut Child.

Melissa Duersch

$7.95
SA28
Fletch
Fletch, a big shaggy dog, tries to get his owners to relieve the pain of a bee sting, but he has a hard time showing them what is wrong.
Kathleen Stepaniuk
$7.95
SA29
What Luck?
Rick must drive his dad's old rusty truck, which his mom promises will bring him luck. Rick has several bad luck adventures before finally discovering its good luck.
Kathleen Stepaniuk
$7.95

 

Stand-Alone Books for the end of Level 4

Book #
Book Title Author
Price
SA07
The Kingdom
of Nod
A sweet tale about an unlucky young queen, and the men who try to win her hand.

Peggy
Smith

$7.95
SA09
A Chain of Gold
The story of one family’s escape from Poland during World War II.
Andra Hansen
$7.95
SA10
Colleen
A pesky sister rescues her older brother and his friend from a cave.
Judith Burns
$7.95
SA11
Justin & Tony
When Justin’s best friend moves away, Justin defeats a bully and makes new friends.
Peggy Smith
$7.95
SA12
Ladybug
Brit discovers that her new friend is homeless when serving food at a soup kitchen.
Andra Hansen
$7.95
SA13
The King of Pongo
Returning Peace Corp volunteers move to a small town and try to fit in.
Peggy Smith
$7.95
SA14
The Legacy
The true story of Martin Luther King’s ancestors and his fight for civil rights.
Andra Hansen
$7.95
SA15

Wilson Otis, P.I.
A private detective helps a friend track down a hit-and-run driver.

Andra Hansen
$7.95
SA30
Crow, Cat and Beyond
A collection of seven Aesop's fables, and their morals, retold using Level 4 words.
Karin Fisher
$7.95
SA31
The Old Scroll
Max and Beth are Barton students whose tutor hands them an old scroll as a gift. If they can crack its code, they will go on a grand quest
.
Melissa Duersch
$7.95

 

Stand-Alone Books for the end of Level 5

Book #
Book Title Author
Price
SA20
The Tempest
The story of Noah’s Ark as told by Noah’s daughter-in-law to her children.
Andra Hansen
$7.95
SA21
Black Out
Travis saves the day when a power outage, and other problems, occur while his parents are gon..
Sandy Graham
$7.95
SA22
A Family for Jimmy
Jimmy, removed from his home due to neglect, is adopted by a loving couple.
Andra Hansen
$7.95
SA23
Sally Snail
To earn extra credit, Jill must give a presentation on her pet snail named Sally.
Peggy Smith
$7.95
SA24
The Wedding Rings
A rabbit disrupts the outdoor wedding in which Brent wants his dog to bring in the rings.
Sandy Graham
$7.95

 

To Order These Stand-Alone Books:
To order on our secure e-store using a Visa or Mastercard, click here.

To order by phone, call 408-559-3652.

To download an order form that you can fax or mail in, click here.

Purchase Orders may be faxed to: 408-377-0503.

For our mailing address, click here.

More questions? Click here to read our Ordering FAQ’s, call us at 408-559-3652, or email your question to us by clicking here.
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Grants Back to Top
A few schools and non-profit groups have purchased the Barton Reading & Spelling System using grants such as these.

Donors Choose
Teachers at public schools have posted requests for the Barton System on this nonprofit website. Local parents, fellow teachers, relatives, and even anonymous people can then donate to your project.

NEA Foundation

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Grants
Most juvenile justice offenders cannot read at grade level.

NEA Foundation
Grant money can be used for innovative ideas that improve student achievement.
Grants range from $ 1,000 to $ 3,000.

U.S. Department of Education Grants
This website lists federal grants for almost every educational need.
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Other Options Back to Top
To lower the cost, share the Barton System

If you’re a homeschool parent, and you know another homeschool parent whose child is also struggling in spelling, reading, or writing, share the Barton System and split the cost. If you live within walking distance, you can both start tutoring on the same day. After the first parent has finished a tutoring session, just walk the Barton box over to the other parent’s house.

If you do NOT live within walking distance, let one parent get a “head start.” After the first parent is through with all the lessons in Level 1, give the entire Level 1 box to the second parent. The first parent will then start Level 2, while the second parent starts Level 1.

For this option to work, you’ll need to order one extra set of tiles. Or if you have an iPad, you can use the Barton Tiles app instead of ordering an extra set of tiles.

Or buy a used Barton level
Contact Evelyn Smith. She is our only authorized reseller of Used Barton levels.

That means any level you purchase from her is legitimate and complete. She also registers each purchase with us, so if you ever want to order extra tiles, you can.

She frequently lists her used levels on eBay under the name timandevelyn.

Or you can call and speak with Evelyn, in Arizona, at 480-228-9200.

Her email is: etsmith2@cox.net

Once your child has finished a level, you can sell it to someone else, and use those funds to get the next level.

If you sell each reuseable level once your child has finished it, then it will cost very little go go through the Barton System.

And we provide free unlimited support to everyone who uses the Barton System, whether they bought it directly from us or bought it used from someone else.

Other options
Here are other ways to make sure your dyslexic child receives Orton-Gillingham-based instruction:

Attend a Private School for Dyslexic Students

All private schools for dyslexic students use an Orton-Gillingham-based system. Susan Barton wishes every student with dyslexia could attend one. But these schools are rare, often have a long waiting list, and are very expensive. Their tuition runs from $12,000 to $34,000 per year.

For a list of private schools in your area, click here, then type in your name and mailing address. We’ll send you a list of private schools in your area.

Hire a tutor

Be sure to hire a tutor who is certified in one of the Orton-Gillingham-based systems.

To receive a list of Certified Barton tutors in your area, click here, then type your city and state as the message.

If you can’t afford a professional tutor, and you don’t want to tutor your own child, perhaps a friend, neighbor, or relative would be willing to do the tutoring – if you provide them with the Barton System.

Get your school to adopt the Barton System.

In many schools, the Barton System is used by Reading or Learning Specialists, Special Education teachers in the Resource Room, or by volunteer tutors in Early Intervention Programs.

All it took was one or two parents or teachers who used the first 2 or 3 levels of the Barton System with their children or a few students at the school to convince the principal of the need for the Barton System.

To learn how others have convinced their principal, click here.

Then go fight for change at your child’s school.

To read the research that supports this approach to reading instruction, click here.

To learn more about setting up an early intervention program, click here.

To learn about grants available for schools who want to purchase the Barton System, click here.

Do Nothing

This is the most expensive choice of all.

If you do nothing, your child’s reading, writing, and spelling skills will NOT improve.

Can you imagine how limited your child’s future will be if his or her skills are still like this twenty years from now?

To see what may lie ahead if nothing is done, click here.

You must find some way to get your child the right type of tutoring. It’s absolutely the best investment you can make in his or her future.

What won’t work?
If your child has dyslexia, many options out there will not help.

Before you spend your hard-earned dollars in the wrong direction, check out this list of “controversial therapies” – alternatives that research shows will NOT help children with dyslexia.

You’ve probably already tried at least one of them.

To view that list, click here.
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Q: Do I have to buy all of the Levels at one time?

A: If you’re 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, buy just one or two levels at a time.

Q: Does my student have to start with Level 1?

A: Yes. Most students need to start at Level 1 – no matter how old they are. Our level numbers refers to our teaching sequence, not grade level. Nothing in level 1 will offend an older student. They must master the material in Level 1 before moving on to Level 2.

That’s because research proves that what’s stopping them from mastering reading is their lack of phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate each sound in a word – in your head, without letters.

In fact, 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.

We actually start teaching students to read and spell by sounding out right in Level 1.

By the way, if you should buy Level 1 and discover that it’s too easy for your student, (which means he completes all of the lessons and the posttest, easily and with at least 95% accuracy, in just 2 to 3 hours), we will exchange it for the next level – for free.

But if a student has had recent and intense tutoring with a different Orton-Gillingham-based system, or a Lindamood-Bell program, and that student can pass our 10-minute Student Screening, then use our post-tests as a pre-test to determine exactly where the student should start.

Start by giving the student the post-test for Level 1. If the student can pass all parts of it easily and with at least 95% accuracy, then give the student the post-test for Level 2. If the student can pass all parts of it easily and accurately, then give them the post-test for Level 3, and so on.

Q: My child is in third grade. Should I stop after Level 3?

A: No, do not stop after 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.

It’s 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.

We’ve 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.

Level 9, the Influence of Foreign Languages, and Level 10, Latin Roots and Greek Words, ideally would be taught before a child enters high school.

Those two 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.

Q: Do you offer any grants?

A: No. We are not a granting agency. But many schools and literacy programs get the Barton System by writing a grant.

To learn more about grants, and see a list of grants that others have used, click here.

Q: I can’t afford this. What else can I do?

A: Click here to see your other options.

Q: Can I buy just the spelling rules?

A: No. Reading and spelling are highly related. We’ve integrated the teaching of both of those skills so tightly that it would be impossible to separate them.

Q: Can I start small and get a site license later?

A: Yes. To learn more about our Trade Up option, click here.

Q: I’m not sure if I need a site license. What’s a site?

A:
A site is the physical site of a single school or tutoring center or literacy center. Anyone working on that physical site, whether a paid staff member or a volunteer, would be able to use the Barton System at that site.

A Site License is cost effective if your site will have three or more tutors. If your site will only have one or two tutors, get one or two Single Tutor versions instead.

Q: Is there an annual renewal fee if I get a site license?

A: No. You pay for it only once. You can use it forever.

Q: Do you offer a district-wide license?

A: Yes. For more information, call our office at 408-559-3652.

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