you so much for this reading system. This is the first
time I have seen improvement in my son's reading. He
has also noticed the improvement, which has made a huge
difference in his attitude.
only wish I had found this system earlier -- when he
was in first grade.
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.
participating in this program, he is now reading at grade level
and can easily get through a book.
I am tutoring my son (age 8) using your program. I started tutoring him in March 2011. At that time, he was at the 2nd percentile for reading. I just got his testing results from December 2011. He is now at the 48th percentile!!!!!
To say I am thrilled is a complete understatement.
Thank you for the Barton System. It has changed my daughter's life.
We felt she was underperforming in school. After finding your website, we had her tested for dyslexia.
I started tutoring her this last summer. This fall, she made 6th Grade Honor Roll, working independently. The most exciting part is that she told me she actually volunteered to read in class for the first time ever!
San Jose, CA
Things here at Skagit Family Learning Center in Washington are going great.
For example, once my daughter completed Level 2 of the Barton System, we had her retested with the Phonemic Awareness Test (the PAT). Before Barton tutoring, she was at the 5th percentile. After just 6 weeks of Barton, she scored at the 67th percentile.
Her self-esteem went up like a rocket and keeps on soaring.
It was like an answer to a prayer that we found out about you and your program. I was hours away from ordering the Wilson System, but I did not have total peace in my heart about that program. I was new to learning differences and overwhelmed by all the choices.
I am a homeschooling mom of three boys. A counselor from the Homeschool Legal Defense Association called me late one afternoon. She encouraged me to look into your program. My husband (also dyslexic) and I were sold almost instantly. We said, "This is it."
My son has done so well with your program. What an encouragement to see him progressing and retaining the knowledge. I can't express in words our gratitude to you.
My son just completed level 3, and wow!!! I have seen such a huge difference not only in his reading and spelling, but his self-esteem continues to improve. Thanks for everything.
Christina Fox, homeschool parent
and former Special Ed teacher
Joshua is in the middle of Level 4, and his teacher is very impressed with his progress.
Joshua brought home an Amelia Bedelia book from the library. He has NEVER read a book on his own before. He sat down and read it, cover to cover (42 pages) all by himself this past week. We are so excited! This is wonderful progress!
A few weeks ago, he looked at me with a book in his hand and said, "Mom, I never thought I'd say this, but I think I like reading."
He is a sponge, and so eager to learn. But up until now, all the programs we tried were like sand, bread crumbs or confetti. A sponge just won't soak up those things. Your program is the liquid he's been waiting for.
My son, Kyle, has had trouble reading since kindergarten. He went through 5 years of elementary school staying at a kindergarten reading level. Teachers said he wouldn't ever read or he'd only be a sight reader.
Then one of his teachers, Emily Moss, got trained in the Barton Reading & Spelling System. She started tutoring him at the beginning of sixth grade. He just finished seventh grade, and his success is beyond words. For the first time, he took the state standards test at the end of the year, and he passed the reading portion with a 3 -- which means he met the standards. His teacher was so excited that she pulled him out of lunch to give him the news. Imagine going from the kindergarten level to the 7th grade level in just 2 years.
He's able to read billboards, and he reads books he's interested in all by himself. He's never had that type of independence before.
I want to thank you for the program. My hope is that all schools will have at least one teacher who has been trained in your program so they will be able to help another child like Kyle.
When our son finished second grade, the school evaluated his reading level. It was 1.9 to 2.3.
After only 2 months of tutoring him myself over the summer using your system, he has improved greatly. The school tested him at the beginning of this year, third grade, and his reading is now 3.2 to 5.0.
His self-confidence is so much better than it was a year ago. He will even read out loud in Sunday School in front of his friends.
Recently, there was a story about a dyslexic boy in their lesson. He raised his hand and shared that he has dyslexia, too. Jonah explained that he was born with it, and that he can read just as well as any of them, it just sometimes takes him a little longer.
Bless you for what you have done for our son.
Barton is a wonderful program. My son, who is profoundly dyslexic, thanked me for finding it. He has been through years of SETTS and outside tutoring of various kinds, but nothing worked for him until your program.
We are only at Level 3, but his progress is steady.
New York, NY
First, I would like to thank you for the wonderful program you have developed. I wish I had found it sooner! I have worked on reading with my dyslexic daughter for years, and sometimes felt more frustrated than helped by our former curriculum.
I love how the Barton System is broken down so that the student is learning one thing at a time. Your spelling and syllable division rules, and any exceptions, are clear.
I love knowing exactly how I'm supposed to be teaching the program.
I especially appreciate how available you make help for those using the Barton System. I've not needed it yet, but I'm thankful knowing it's just an e-mail or phone call away!
I just returned from my 9-year-old grandson’s school, where I tutor him 3 times a week (while the rest of his class has reading groups). We also have another 45-minute session on Saturdays.
We are in Lesson 1 of Book 3, and I am so impressed and pleased with his progress. A week ago, he was happy saying, “I am learning to read.” Now he is saying, “I can read.”
Obviously, he’s got a long way to go, but his confidence has soared in the six weeks we’ve been working with the Barton System.
Today I had tears in my eyes as he finger-spelled, and then wrote on paper, word after word after word. He suddenly knows that he can access this mysterious code that has stymied him for so long.
When I looked into the Barton System, I was a bit nervous about the money. But the Florida Center for Reading Research endorsement and the California Department of Education approval persuaded me to give it a try. It has been such a wonderful gift to me and Charlie. And I now realize the cost is not much, especially when bought one level at a time, over the months
Susan Barton, thank you, thank you, thank you! I wish you could see the change in Charlie’s reading skill and confidence level.
Nancy Gage, grandparent
Los Lunas, NM
About this time last year, my daughter was struggling with reading and spelling. She was starting to ask us what was wrong with her that she couldn't read. She wondered if she was just stupid. She was in second grade, had received over a year of tutoring using the Open Court program, and was only reading simple Dr. Seuss books -- if we could get her to read at all.
Around the first of the year, a friend suggested we visit your website. We instantly recognized that she is dyslexic.
In February I began tutoring her with the Barton System. After 9 months, she is in Level 5. Last Friday evening, when I came home from a meeting, she excitedly told me she had spent the last two hours reading Harry Potter. "I can read every word, just like that!" she said, snapping her fingers to show me how fast she could read the words.
Now, every evening, she settles down with Harry Potter and VOLUNTARILY reads -- and ENJOYS it. I know she understands what she reads because she tells me all about what is going on in the story.
I cannot tell you how grateful I am for your website and your program. It has made a world of difference to us. When we sit down to our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, we will say "thank you" for Susan Barton.
Walnut Creek, CA
Since my child began tutoring with Rosemarie Hoffman using the Barton System, both her reading and spelling have improved tremendously.
In reading, she increased over 200 lexile points, and while still in 3rd grade, she was reading at a 5th grade level.
Before tutoring, she was only receiving 5 spelling words per week while the rest of her class received 17. By the end of the school year, she was also receiving 17 words -- as well as completing a few of the bonus words.
I cannot tell you what this has done for her confidence and self-esteem in school.
During our year of homeschooling, my daughter got twice a week tutoring from a Certified Barton tutor. She is now in the middle of Level 4.
This year, I decided to re-enroll her in public school. Yesterday, the reading teacher listened to her read. Natalie read all the "assessments" for 4th grade perfectly. She made one error on the 5th grade assessment, and Natalie opted to try their 6th grade reading passage. She did pretty well on that one, too. That means in her 5th grade class, she will be able to read grade-level books independently.
Natalie said, "Mom, this Barton Tutoring really works!" She was very excited.
I can't thank you enough for all the time you have given to help people with dyslexia
Sebastian was SO excited to read a "story" yesterday. He has a younger brother who is reading stories every day, so he has been waiting to be able to read one himself.
Then today he told me, "Mom, this is a great program. I'm really becoming a good speller. The finger spelling works great! I'm so excited. I can't wait to read another story."
He's quite a talker, so this is a paraphrased version, trying to show how happy he is with this program, how confident he's becoming, and that he 's now ENJOYING working on reading.
Thank you again for all of your help, and for this wonderful system that moms and dads can pick up and give as a gift to their children.
Grove City, PA
I never though that I would ever see my son read for pleasure. He is only on Level 4 of the Barton program, but he is now reading novels. Not only is he reading, but he is comprehending what he reads.
His teachers are ecstatic with the progress he has made since the beginning of the school year.
Needless to say, I am extremely happy. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Perdita Smith, parent
Kellie finished all 10 levels of the Barton Reading & Spelling System. It was worth every penny.
My daughter would not be in the National Honor Society, making all A’s and A-’s without the Barton System.
But more importantly, it restored her self-esteem!!!!
I am so thankful for this program. It saved her life – many, many times.
Pilot Grove, MO
I have been looking for an effective solution to my 10 year old's reading challenges ever since I started homeschooling her in Kindergarten. We have done Brain Gym, Learning Rx, and spent a year going to a Sylvan Learning Systems Center 8 hours a week. We spent thousands of dollars but saw only limited improvement.
She is extremely intelligent, and it didn't make sense that she had reading challenges. She is very articulate, has an advanced vocabulary, and learns very effectively when information is presented orally.
When our COVA teacher suggested we check out your website, I did -- and was amazed. My daughter fit many of the indicators of dyslexia. At that point, she had been on an IEP for three years with very little improvement.
I have been using the Barton System since the beginning of last school year. I have seen incredible improvement in my daughter's reading ability.
Colorado Springs, CO
My husband and I are truly amazed by the progress our 9-year-old son has made. In the past 13 months, he has gone from not being able to read to not being able to put books down.
He is reading "Animorphs" at the moment, and he likes to read out loud to me on short drives. Recently he said to me, "I'm your live audio book!"
to let you know how wonderful the Barton System has been for
my son. We hired a Barton tutor in 2005, when my son was 7
and in Kindergarten, at the bottom of his class and barely
able to read and write. We knew he needed special help that
the school didn't offer.
has been tremendous. He is now in first grade and at the top
of his class. His teacher says that he reads at a third grade
given him a confidence and self-assurance he didn't possess
before. We now have a happy son who volunteers to explain spelling
and grammar rules to the other kids in his class.
and his tutor, for helping him succeed in school and in life.
Los Gatos, CA
My daughter is in third grade. She started the Barton System in June and is now on Level 3, Lesson 8. She has gone from reading at a 2.3 AR (Accelerated Reader) at the beginning of the year (just 7 weeks ago) to a 6.3 AR level at the end of last week. My daughter wants me to laminate her latest report because she is soooooo proud.
Because I have seen such great success, and I truly believe in this program, I'm making small steps in the direction of educating others. I met with the principal today to talk about holding an in-service day on dyslexia and starting a support group for parents. I had some of my daughter's reading scores, writing samples, and grades from this quarter with me -- and the principal was impressed by her growth.
She said they are always looking for new resources to use, and that what I'm doing is in the direction that the school would like to take. She was very interested in learning more about the Barton Reading & Spelling System, as long as it was scientifically based -- which I assured her it was.
Angelo is doing great with the Barton System. He is working with a Barton tutor in Pacifica. He's finally reading for pleasure !!!!!
Now I have to make him put the book down and turn off the light at night. YAHOO !!!!
Half Moon Bay, CA
My daughter, Liz, is 9, homeschooled, and in 4th grade.
She got off to a much slower reading start than her brother, but I figured it was just her style. Then in 2nd grade, when her reading was not improving, she worked out every trick imaginable to keep from reading out loud to me, and any reading was becoming torture for both of us.
Her older brother had loved playing the phonics game, and he picked it up amazingly fast. For Liz, it was like a cruel punishment.
I didn't know what was going on, but the only reading disorder I knew the name of was dyslexia. So I did an internet search. I was amazed how other parents were exactly describing my daughter.
Now that I had a diagnosis, I needed a solution. More internet searches. I came across the Barton System, watched their video, and decided to give it a try.
We are currently in Level 6. Her reading has improved so much it is amazing. Today she was asked to read out loud at church. She hesitated for only a second before she agreed to read a passage, unrehearsed, in front of 30+ people. The only word that tripped her up was "idolatry" - not a word she comes across too often in her 4th grade readers. I was so proud I was bursting.
Before Barton, Liz had wanted to read at church like her older brother, but when we tried to practice even the simplest reading, she would skip words, read them wrong, and quickly get embarrassed.
Now Liz reads for pleasure at night, is reading at grade level, and is gaining in fluency and speed every day.
Thank you for giving my daughter the gift of reading.
Las Cruces, NM
son entered the Barton program at the beginning of first grade.
I was amazed at how much progress Grant made by the end of
the year. He went from hating school to loving it. A huge part
was due to his success in reading.
can't imagine where Grant would be without the Barton program.
I hope other children who struggle with reading and learning
disabilities will have the same opportunities that my son has
5th grade we realized that our son was about to enter middle
school, and yet was still functionally illiterate.
began working on Level 1 with Danny, and for the first time,
I could see that things were making sense to him.
reversals of letters and numbers when writing went away. It
quantum leap in his spelling and reading comprehension took
been using the Barton System for 18 months. Danny made the
Honor Roll this year. His
most recent report card was straight-A's!
school principal was so impressed by Danny's improvement that
she ordered the Barton System.
San Francisco, CA
I have been purchasing the Barton Reading & Spelling System for my children, all of whom have various learning disabilities (including dyslexia) and attention issues.
I have used other O-G based programs to teach them, but so far, based on completion of Levels 1 and 2 with my children, I am finding this to be, by far, the most complete method I have ever used.
I am VERY enthusiastic about the results I am seeing already. As a homeschool mom for 11 years of 4 children with learning challenges, this is BY FAR the best program I have found.
I wanted to let you know how much your tutoring program has helped my daughter.
Knowing Beth had dyslexia, I began tutoring her when she was 5. By the time she started Kindergarten, she was in Level 3.
I just had a parent-teacher conference last Friday, and Beth is at the top of her class in reading.
it came to reading, my daughter's frustration could be seen
in her contorted face as she tried to sound out words. It was
incredibly painful to watch her struggle day after day.
after only 18 months of instruction with the Barton System,
she enjoys reading! At night she goes to her room to read to
her sister. She reads signs as we drive on the freeway. She
even catches my errors. I'm dyslexic. I cannot tell you how
her corrections bring tears to my eyes.
free to give out my email address to anyone who wants to know
how a dyslexic child has been successfully homeschooled using
Although my grandson did "okay" in Kindergarten, he did not do as well as we expected. After learning more about dyslexia, when first grade began, I asked the school to test him for dyslexia. They said he definitely has it.
So I hired a Certified Barton tutors to work with him twice a week.
He is now in second grade. His teacher says that he is a champion reader. He has no problems with any part of their reading program.
Thank you for helping us find such a wonderful tutor for our grandson.
San Jose, CA
I'd like to thank you for the Barton System.
My son has always loved reading -- when someone else was doing it. If he wasn't listening to an audiobook, he was asking us to read to him. It gave him a great vocabulary (which made him good at guessing words), but he couldn't read himself.
When I found the list of symptoms of dyslexia on your website, I just started crying because it described him exactly. We suddenly knew why this smart little boy who loved reading just couldn't do it himself.
He's doing so much better now. We homeschool, so he has to be tested every year. I chose the Peabody (PIAT) because the format was more relaxed (my son HATES timed activities, and gets stressed when he's being tested). He's nine, but got 95th percentile for reading recognition and comprehension. His spelling was 53rd percentile - right where he should be for his age.
Considering he was at preschool level about a year and a half ago, that's a great result! Not that we needed the test to know he was doing better :-)
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!
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.
am on Level 3 with my daughter. I see a HUGE improvement. I
am no longer worried about junior and senior high. I know she
will be ok.
Barton System is an answer to a prayer! Thank you!
I'd like to share a quick success story. A few weeks ago, I discovered my son curled up in a chair reading a reference book on the Civil War. This was literally the first time I had seen him reading for pleasure. He did need help with a few words, but many of the long words (superintendent, overwhelming) he was able to read by breaking into syllables.
He was so excited that he kept sharing information from the book with me. He's 10 years old and is nearing the end of Level 4 of the Barton System.
He's always had the desire to read, but he is now learning the skills necessary to do so. We are both so pleased with his progress.
writing has improved dramatically. Her reading is improving.
She's more successful with spelling. She's happy again. She's
finally participating in class. Overall, her whole attitude
has changed. Even her teacher has noticed.
been very pleased with my son's progress. His reading has improved
as well as his writing. He has more confidence in reading,
and he's willing to read aloud now.
confidence level is higher, so he enjoys school more. He will
now pick up a book and read it on his own, where he never would
before. I could not be happier with his progress.
His tutor, Sheila Larson, is fantastic! I can't say enough good things about Sheila or the Barton program. They have both helped Matt so much.
Before his dyslexia was diagnosed, we tried everything -- Score, several private tutors including his beloved Kindergarten teacher, etc. Nothing worked and it all just served to frustrate Matt.
He would throw tantrums when he knew we were headed to Score or to a session with his tutor. When the crying would stop, he'd say things like, "I love Mrs. C but I hate practicing spelling with her."
With Sheila and the Barton System, there is never a complaint because he knows how much it has helped him.
I know you must hear this all the time: thank you for creating the Barton System. It's the only thing that has helped him.
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
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.
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.
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.
Castro Valley, CA
best part is the confidence he now has while reading. He doesn't
just guess at the bigger words. He can break them apart and
discern the sounds. I'm very thankful for finding the Barton
System. We had tried a private tutor and a Score center. They
didn't work. He was still struggling.
Barton System has taught him to 'hear' all the different sounds,
to take them apart, and to put them back together. It's a program
that has worked wonders for my son.
son Kolton is 8 and in second grade. When I started tutoring
him in October, the teacher said he was reading at the preprimer
(or Kindergarten) level. Kolton has steadily improved.
is now March. He is in the middle of Level 3. His teacher just
retested him, and he is now reading on a 2nd grade independent
level, and a 3rd grade instructional level. Isn't that just
At an IEP meeting, I was told that I needed to understand that some children were not capable of learning to read, and that I might need to resign myself to the fact that Kyle wouldn't ever learn how to read - despite his high IQ.
I began the Barton System in July. At that time, Kyle, who is 11, could not read a simple book such as the Berestain Bears. Simple sentences were frustrating because he guessed at so many words.
We have just started Level 4. Now he can read Magic Treehouse books independently. His reading is still slow, but he can sound out the long words. He is very proud of his achievements.
We actually have not tutored for a few weeks because he is enjoying spending time reading by himself.
He is now working more independently at school, and we are having fewer days when he complains about headaches and stomachaches when it is time to go to school.
I also want to add that this system has saved us lots of money. I have tutored him myself. Compared to the cost we thought we would have to pay for brain training, private tutoring, and vision therapy, this has been so simple and far less expensive.
Thousand Oaks, CA
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.
has been tutored for three months. We have already seen much
improvement in her grammar, spelling and reading. She is very
proud of her accomplishments. She now reads on her own, without
prompting, and often brags about being able to figure out new
Barton Reading and Spelling System is an Orton-Gillingham-based
program. It is meant mainly for home use, so it can potentially
save you a lot in clinician fees. There are training tapes
for the parents.
Barton, the author and creator of the system, is readily available
to answer questions via email or phone. The personal attention
and direction you receive is amazing!
Barton System was given a 5 Star Rating, their top rating.)
a consumer's guide written by parents
seen my daughter make huge strides in reading ability, and
her interest in reading has increased tremendously. It used
to be when I asked her to read, she didn't want to. Now she
picks up a book and reads it on her own. That's a huge change.
She even had a meltdown last week because she wanted to read
aloud to the family, but it was past her bedtime.
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.
spelling last year, she struggled so much. Now she gets assigned
15 words each week, and gets 12-13 right.
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.
program is special and needs to spread. If you need a voice,
I pledge my support.
is blossoming at school. She completed the first three Barton
levels before starting fourth grade, so she is in the regular
reading group. She is thrilled to be participating in grade-level
novel studies. She loves to read!
written expression has greatly improved now that she has the
tools to proofread her own work.
can't thank you enough for developing the Barton System for
parents like me, who have limited access to services and training.
is, by far, the most cohesive, understandable reading and spelling
program I have ever taught -- and I taught elementary school
for 14 years.
Red Lodge, MT
was while I was being trained to be a tutor in the Barton System
that I realized my own son needed to be tested for dyslexia.
Before my training, I didn't understand his struggles or how
to help him. He is currently being tutored, and with only a
few weeks under his belt, I already see his self-confidence
Barton System is user friendly, both for the student and the
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.
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.
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.
son is one who needed this program. He now picks up things
to read that he wouldn't have considered a year ago.
have been so excited teaching The Barton System and seeing
results in such a short time. My son Adam is doing very well.
In fact, he is now ineligible for resource! I have been waiting for
this day for years!
just want to tell the world that test results prove that with
hard work, determination, and the Barton System, a dyslexic
child can learn to read and spell.
you ever need a testimonial for the Barton System, please let