Susan Barton loves hearing from homeschool parents who have completed the Barton System — and the difference that has made in their child’s skills.
We did it! My son has successfully completed the Barton Reading and Spelling System.
We began homeschooling shortly after I started Barton with him, which allowed us to really focus on it and do it at a time of day when he had the energy reserves to tackle the challenge the program presents.
We started Barton in June of 2018 and just over 3 years later, he can read just about anything. A boy who could barely get through two pages of a Percy Jackson book recently read five chapters in one sitting.
A boy who couldn’t spell basic vowel team words like “cool” or spell the word “magnet” the same way twice in 4th grade (in spite of the word “magnet” being provided in the title of a writing prompt and in spite of science being his favorite subject), can now successfully spell sentences like “My cousin Jim, a sophomore, is studying anthropology.” (That’s a Book 10, Lesson 10, sentence. He nailed it.)
He has discovered that he has a superior sense of narrative and creativity which he has applied to writing a couple short plays (one of which was chosen to represent the class in a talent show at our homeschool community) and short stories.
His confidence has improved so much.
Just wanted to share our success to encourage all of you still in the trenches to keep going, because it’s worth it!
Michelle Pollace, homeschool parent
Susan Barton loves hearing from parents who have found their child’s gifted areas, as this parent has.
A year ago, my son Martin could not read a sentence . . . and he was in the 4th grade. We had gone through vision therapists and reading tutors. He worked so hard but got nowhere. He even had an IEP at school, but he never really got “better”.
We finally went to a psychologist who did many rounds of testing that showed Martin has a perfect dyslexic brain. It wasn’t a vision issue or a learning disability. He is literally wired this way, and I have come to learn how amazing his brain really is.
Martin has been tutored in the Barton System for about a year with Mrs. Tara Whitlow. His progress is amazing. My baby boy is finally seeing his hard work pay off.
I can’t thank you enough.
And I think the Barton System should be in every school district in this country.
Katie Daley, parent
Susan Barton loves hearing from parents who refuse to believe the predictions of teachers or school psychologists, like this parent.
She did it !!!!! My daughter successfully completed all 10 levels of the Barton Reading & Spelling System today.
When she was 8, we were told that her severe dyslexia would probably prevent her from ever reading, much less spelling, anything – and to prepare for making technology a huge part of her world.
But she can now read anything I put in front of her and spell most things correctly.
Also, a few weeks ago, she completed the first book she ever read completely on her own, The Hobbit. She read it, understood it, correctly answered questions about it, and was able to converse intelligently on it.
Thank you, Susan Barton. Thank you doesn’t even begin to touch my level of gratitude, but thank you for everything !!!
Katie Ballard, homeschool parent
Susan Barton loves hearing from teachers and reading specialists who use the Barton System, such as this one.
I work with a young man in second grade who has had a very difficult time with reading in his short school career. I began using Barton with him in December this year and am already seeing such progress that it literally brings tears to my eyes when I think about how far he has come.
I have worked with this student since kindergarten and am just blown away by his quick growth and progress.
The other day he asked me who made this program. I told him it was you, and he said that I should write you a letter to thank you because it is working! So here I am letting you know that your program is amazing
Kaleb and his family thank you for creating it!
Heather Wisniewski, Reading Intervention Teacher
Stride Academy, a charter school, won Innovation Of The Month from the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools for their amazing success with students who have dyslexia and bilingual students.
Two Dyslexia Specialists, who are also Certified Barton Tutors, run the school’s intervention program using the Barton Reading & Spelling System.
They educate parents and teachers about dyslexia, screen students who have 3 or more of the classic warning signs, provide tutoring, and ensure teachers provide classroom accommodations.
Students who struggled and failed at traditional schools are thriving at Stride Academy – academically and socially.
To learn more, watch this 4-minute video.
Susan Barton loves it when parents, tutors, and teachers post success stories on Facebook, like this one.
My little girl passed the Barton Level 4 posttest tonight. I high fived her and told her how proud I am of her.
She asked, “Mom, why are you crying?”
“Because you almost could not read at all this time last year. Look how far you’ve come.”
She then shared that she’s no longer afraid to read in front of the class.
Don’t give up, mamas! Celebrate the little milestones and successes!
Erika Workman, parent
I love getting email from parents who decided to tutor their own child at home, like this one:
It’s a hot summer day in Kansas, and I’m sitting outside my son’s door with tears running down my cheeks as I listen to him read a chapter book out loud to himself.
He is so proud of the way he can read. He began your program on July 29th last year, so he is just one week shy of his one year anniversary.
I am a former 3rd grade teacher who teaches him Barton at home, Monday through Friday, one hour a day.
You have changed the course of his life.
And you have given us, his parents, so much hope.
Bless you. We are grateful for you!
Ann and Michael, parents
Overland Park, KS
Don’t waste the summer. Instead, tutor every day and your student will make amazing progress, as this parent shared:
When our son finished second grade, the school evaluated his reading level. It was 1.9, which meant he was a full year behind.
After only 2 months of tutoring him myself over the summer every day, using the Barton Reading & Spelling 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. Our son 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.
This is why Susan Barton warns parents that if their child needs testing to prove dyslexia, do not wait until they have finished the Barton System.
I wanted to share some exciting news about my son, Brian, who is now 16.
He was diagnosed with severe dyslexia when he was 10.
He needed an updated educational evaluation for accommodations on the college entrance exams. He was evaluated by Dr. Varia, Ph.D. from Mindwell Psychology. She has a strong specialty in dyslexia.
After Dr. Varia tested him, she told me that she would not have known Brian has dyslexia had I not told her prior to the exam. Her testing did not pick it up. She said Brian has been completely remediated. I was stunned!
I knew your program was the best, but I had no idea that it could improve Brian’s reading and spelling skills to the point that his dyslexia became undetectable.
So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so very much!
Amy Summers, parent
and Certified Barton Tutor at the Advanced Level
Susan Barton loves hearing from Barton tutors who monitor progress using normed standardized tests, as Karyl does:
I have been using the Barton Reading & Spelling System for 16 years. The growth in my students reading and spelling skills is amazing.
I use the Word Identification and Spelling Test (the WIST) to monitor progress.
Most of my students have scores in only the 1st to 5th percentile on their first day of tutoring.
I give the WIST again at the end of Level 4. Their reading and spelling scores then range from 45th to 55th percentile.
But I urge parents to continue the tutoring process because by the end of Level 8, their children’s reading and spelling scores jump to the 75th to 95th percentile — way above their peers.
Parents and teachers call it a miracle. But I know it is the Barton System that makes their success possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Certified Barton Tutor at the Advanced Level
Los Angeles, CA