A great tutoring system for children, teenagers, or adults who struggle with spelling, reading, and writing due to dyslexia or a learning disability. Students who have completed all ten levels will be reading, spelling, and doing basic writing at the mid-ninth grade level.

Reading & Spelling

These are the steps in a Barton lesson:

A - Quick review of prior lesson.
B - Phonemic awareness warm up.
C - Teach new skill or rule, in color.
D - Read & spell real words using new skill or rule, in color.
E - Read & spell nonsense words using new skill or rule, in color.
F - Read & spell both real and nonsense words, on paper,

     in black and white.
G - Read & spell phrases on paper, in black and white for

      fluency as well as accuracy.
H - Read & spell sentences on paper, in black and white
      for fluency, accuracy, and phrasing.
I - Read controlled-text stories on paper, in black and white, for

    fluency, accuracy, and phrasing. Also to check for comprehension.
J - Extra practice pages can be done as seat work or sent home.

Scope and Sequence

Level 1: Phonemic Awareness

We teach the 7 essential phonemic awareness skills as

rapidly as possible.

Lesson 1: CV and VC nonsense words
Lesson 2: CVC nonsense words
Lesson 3: VCC nonsense words
Lesson 4: CCV nonsense words
Lesson 5: Rhyming & Real Words

Level 2: Consonants & Short Vowels

Lesson 1: A, B, F, M, P, S, T
Lesson 2: I, C, G, H, L, N, R
Lesson 3: O, D, J, K, V, Z
Lesson 4: U, W, X, Y, QU
Lesson 5: E, SH, TH, CH, WH, CK

Level 3: Closed & Unit Syllables

Lesson 1: Blends at the End
Lesson 2: Blends at the Beginning
Lesson 3: Blends at Both Ends
Lesson 4: Digraph & 3-Letter Blends
Lesson 5: Spelling–Floss
Lesson 6: Spelling–Kiss the Cat Rule
Lesson 7: Spelling–Milk Truck Rule
Lesson 8: Spelling–ING INK Units
Lesson 9: Spelling–Catch Lunch Rule
Lesson 10: Spelling–Contractions
Lesson 11: Spelling–Kind Old Units

Level 4: Multi-Syllable words and Vowel Teams

Lesson 1: Open Syllables
Lesson 2: Syllable Division Rule #1
Lesson 3: Syllable Division Rule #2
Lesson 4: Spelling–/k/ in the middle
Lesson 5: Spelling–Double Letters
Lesson 6: Spelling–Schwa
Lesson 7: Syllable Division Rule #3
Lesson 8: Syllable Division Rule #4
Lesson 9: Three-Syllable Words
Lesson 10: Spelling–The Banana Rule
Lesson 11: Spelling–The Confident Rule
Lesson 12: Spelling–Long A, E, I at End (Vowel Teams)
Lesson 13: Spelling–Long O, U at End (Vowel Teams)
Lesson 14: Spelling–Vowel Teams in Middle 3 (Vowel Teams)

Level 5: Prefixes & Suffixes

Lesson 1: Plurals–S versus ES
Lesson 2: Consonant Suffixes
Lesson 3: ED and ING, The Doubling Rule
Lesson 4: Other Sounds of ED
Lesson 5: Vowel Suffixes
Lesson 6: Spelling–The Change Rule
Lesson 7: Spelling–TION versus SION
Lesson 8: Prefixes: dis, in, un, non
Lesson 9: Prefixes: mis, sub, re, pre
Lesson 10: Prefixes: inter, mid, over, up

Level 6: Six Reasons for Silent-E

Lesson 1: Silent-E’s in One-Syllable words
Lesson 2: Syllable Division with Silent-E
Lesson 3: C’s and G’s with Silent-E’s
Lesson 4: Spelling–V at the End
Lesson 5: Spelling–The Huge Bridge Rule
Lesson 6: Spelling–The Dropping Rule
Lesson 7: Spelling–Tricky Suffixes
Lesson 8: Spelling–PH and Medial Y
Lesson 9: Unit–TURE
Lesson 10: Spelling–TION and SION
Lesson 11: Silent-E Units
Lesson 12: Consonant-LE Syllables
Lesson 13: Spelling–The Sprinkle Vehicle Rule
Lesson 14: Spelling–ABLE versus IBLE

Level 7: Vowel-R’s

Lesson 1: AR and OR
Lesson 2: ER, IR, and UR
Lesson 3: Vowel-R with Silent-E
Lesson 4: Prefixes & Suffixes with Vowel-R
Lesson 5: Spelling–Commodore Sailor Rule
Lesson 6: Bossy W
Lesson 7: Spelling–Edward the Lizard Rule
Lesson 8: The Three Sounds of EAR
Lesson 9: AR and ER can say /AIR/
Lesson 10: Word Endings ARY, ERY, and ORY
Lesson 11: Vowel-R Plus R

Level 8: Advanced Vowel Teams

Lesson 1: Spelling: India Indian Musician
Lesson 2: Spelling: Obvious Spacious Religious
Lesson 3: Spelling: Radio Union Million Region
Lesson 4: Spelling: Industrial Special Dial
Lesson 5: IE: Piece of Pie
Lesson 6: OI, OY, EY: Oil Boy, Turkey
Lesson 7: AU, AW: Audience Saw
Lesson 8: OO: Good Food
Lesson 9: OU, OW: Mouse Group, Slow Down
Lesson 10: EA: Clean Breath is Great
Lesson 11: IGH, AUGH, EIGH, EI
Lesson 12: EU, TU: Feud, Sleuth, Actual
Lesson 13: Split Vowels

Level 9: Influence of Foreign Languages

Lesson 1: Greek Words
Lesson 2: Silent Letter Pairs
Lesson 3: Words That End in I and INE
Lesson 4: French Words: QUE and CH
Lesson 5: French Words: AGE and 2 Suffixes
Lesson 6: French Words: Silent and Accented E
Lesson 7: French Words: Silent S and T plus EAU
Lesson 8: French Words: OUR
Lesson 9: Spelling: G, GU, and GUE

Level 10: Latin Roots & Greek Combining Forms

Lesson 1: Latin: Chameleon Prefix: IN
Lesson 2: Latin: Chameleon Prefix: CON
Lesson 3: Latin: Chameleon Prefixes: OB and SUB
Lesson 4: Latin: Chameleon Prefix: AB
Lesson 5: Latin: Chameleon Prefixes: EX and DIS
Lesson 6: Greek Combining Forms
Lesson 7: Greek Forms in Science
Lesson 8: Greek Forms in Math
Lesson 9: Greek Forms in Medicine
Lesson 10: Greek Forms in Social Studies


Stand Alone Books

Reading Comprehension Activities

Barton Support Resources

At Beaches Reading Clinic we incorporate all of the available resources that enhance the Barton System.

Optional Fluency Building Drills

Imagine Reading Games

Spelling Rules Flash Cards

A Barton student must:
1. Be at least 5 years old and in kindergarten
2. Can speak and comprehend spoken English
3. Have an IQ of 70 or higher
4. Struggles with spelling when writing stories and cannot easily sound out unknown words when reading.
5. Can pass our Student Screen: https://bartonreading.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Student_Screen_04_OV_Video.pdf

Barton Tiles App

The Barton System

Spelling Success Games

The Reading Clinic

2034 Queen St E, 2nd Floor

Toronto, Ontario

M4L 1J4, Canada

Q: 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:
Hooked on Phonics
The Phonics Game
Reading Recovery
Fast Forward
Sylvan, Kuman, Score or other learning centers
Vision therapy
motion-sickness pills
herbal remedies
Neurodevelopmental exercises, such as:
Cranial adjustments,
Brain Gym,
Corrective Crawling.
Interactive Metronome
or other such “therapies”
without much success, your child may have dyslexia.
Independent, scientific, replicated research does NOT support the use of those systems for children with dyslexia.

To learn why, http://www.dys-add.com/getHelp.html#anchorOrton

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