Barton Reading

February 28, 2011
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Barton Reading

Content: Reading
Grade(s): PreK – 5th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Minimal
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$$$ || ?
Updated Review: May 12, 2014

From Barton Reading’s website:

The Barton Reading & Spelling System teaches people from all walks of life exactly how to tutor people with dyslexia. The Barton System is divided into ten levels and is Orton-Gillingham influenced.

The tutor training DVDs contain 5-6 hours of in-depth instruction. Susan Barton, the program developer, will demonstrate, with a real student, every lesson you’ll be teaching. You’ll stop and practice new skills every ten to fifteen minutes. And, you’ll see mistakes students may make – and how to correct them.

Complete lesson plans are provided in the Tutor Manual. There is enough material in the lesson plans to teach a lesson twice – without using the same words, sentences, or stories. Each page contains a wide column with full scripting (for those who want that level of support) and a narrow column with just summary information.

Each level 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).

Level Summary:
1 Phonemic Awareness
2 Consonants & Short Vowels
3 Closed Syllables and Units
4 Syllable Division & Vowel Teams

5 Prefixes and Suffixes
6 Six Reasons for Silent-E
7 Vowel-R Syllables
8 Advanced Vowel Teams
9 Influences of Foreign Languages
10 Greek Words & Latin Roots

About the Author:
Susan Barton spent the first 20 years of her professional life in the computer field. During that time, she watched her nephew, Ben, have significant difficulty in school. Susan changed careers and devoted herself full time to figuring out the puzzle of dyslexia. She spent years tutoring children from ages 6 to 17. During this time, she learned many Orton-Gillingham-based methods, several of the Lindamood-Bell systems, and became quite knowledgeable about Attention Deficit Disorder. In 1998, Susan Barton founded Bright Solutions for Dyslexia whose sole mission is to educate parents and teachers about the causes, symptoms, and research-based solutions for children and adults with dyslexia.

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