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I Am Not Worried Anymore

Susan Barton loves hearing from parents about the impact Barton tutoring has had on their child, as this parent shared:

Dear Susan,
I could share this with a friend, but it would not mean as much to someone who does not have a dyslexic child.

My son is 13. He is dyslexic, and we used your program 4 times a week. When we started, he could not read at all. Not “cat,” not “at,” not “me.”
He could not rhyme or decode sounds.

He’s had three big milestones in the last month.

Milestone 1:
This year, for the first time, he tested in the normal range for reading at school.

Milestone 2:
I still read to him nearly every night because it’s our thing. And I’m going to keep it up until he tells me he’s done.

Last week, he was annoyed at the place I stopped. So he picked up the book and continued reading it to me out loud. Usually, he picks books to read that are well below his grade level. But this one is rated for grades 6-8, and he handled it with little trouble.

Milestone 3:
He had friends over today and they were playing a board game. He thought one of his friends was making up the rules, so he pulled out the rules and read them out loud to the group. HE READ SOMETHING OUT LOUD TO A GROUP. ON PURPOSE. And he understood what he was reading!

ImNotWorriedI have been concerned about him moving on to high school in a year and a half and having to read for comprehension.

But I’m not worried anymore.

Jennifer Streetman, parent
Grand Junction, CO

Thank You For My Daughter’s Victory Story

Susan Barton loves hearing from homeschool parents who have completed the Barton System — and the difference that has made in their child’s skills. 

My daughter struggled learning to read. Most days in Kayla’s early elementary years involved tears over writing and reading. By the end of third grade, she was clearly falling well behind her peers. Yet she tried to hide her inability to read.

In our attempt to find answers to her struggle, we discovered that dyslexia was the root of her issue. After much research on program options, we were convinced that the Barton Reading & Spelling System was what she needed.

We were blessed to find a Barton tutor in our area. She was amazing! Within the first couple months of using the program, my daughter, who used to cry at the thought of reading a simple paragraph, would be curled up with her nose in a book for hours. She suddenly loved to read and a whole new world was opened to her.

Proficiency in reading came quicker than in writing. In sixth grade, she still could not write a cohesive paragraph. So her tutor worked with her through seventh grade until Kayla far exceeded her grade level.

Kayla’s experience with the Barton System really changed her path in life. Previously she’d had no thoughts of college. But with her boost in confidence, she decided she would like to try it. I can’t tell you how thrilled we both were, when prior to eleventh grade, she passed an English placement test and was accepted at the college of her choice. She even passed the College Composition CLEP test!

Kayla completed a number of dual enrollment classes her junior and senior years of high school and even graduated a year early.

She graduated college with an associate degree at age 18! She was on the Dean’s list every semester and graduated with high honors. She excelled as an intern in her field of study, where she is now happily working full time. She is confident and loving it.

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We are so grateful to have discovered the Barton System. Thank you so much!

Lisa Wadel, parent
Marion, PA

We Did It

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.

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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
Campbell, CA

Diagnosed at 14

It is never too late to close the gap, as this homeschool parent shared: 

We homeschooled our five children with ease — until we got to our fourth child. We knew Daniel was not learning like his siblings. By the time he was 8, his 6-year-old sister was reading circles around him.

When Daniel was 10, we sought professional help. But he was mistakenly identified as having an eye tracking disorder. The tracking exercises did nothing to improve his reading.

At 14, we finally had him tested by an educational psychologist who said Daniel was severely dyslexic, something we suspected, but did not comprehend. His reading score was at the 3rd grade level.

We immediately hired a tutor using the Barton System. Daniel made significant progress in a short time and grew in both his reading skills and his self-confidence.

At 16, he started his first college class and has since been dual enrolled, completing 30 college credits. With accommodations, including audio books and extended test time, he’s been very successful — averaging an A in the past 5 semesters of coursework!

At 17, he passed his written driver’s test at 85% without accommodations — a huge milestone for him!

We are so thankful for the Barton System, and we look forward to seeing his future accomplishments as he graduates high school and continues on to college.

Christine Torre
Homeschool Parent
Dawsonville, GA

Alex won an essay contest

When students finish Level 10 of the Barton System, there’s no stopping them, as this mother shared.  

While I was homeschooling, I took both of my sons through all 10 levels of the Barton System.

Asher, my older son, is finishing his first year in a traditional school as a Freshman, with straight A’s.  His teachers often express amazement at how little his dyslexia is hindering him.

Alex, my younger son, found out he won an essay contest with a $150 cash prize the same day he finished Level 10.

From a boy who struggled to write more than a few sentences 3 years ago to an essay winner!

Many thanks to you and the Barton System.

Maureen Becker, parent
Redwood City, CA

Why I support homeschooling

Most homeschool parents do not know any more about dyslexia than teachers. But homeschool parents tend to focus on their child’s strengths while they continue to search for answers – as this mom shared.

I have homeschooled all 3 of my children, one of whom is severely dyslexic. It has been wonderful to be able to tutor my son in the Barton System while making every accommodation he needs to excel in all subjects.

Though he struggled with reading and writing for years before we found the Barton System, we always focused on his strengths, so he has never felt like he wasn’t as smart as others. Quite the contrary. He has excelled in math – completing high school geometry in 7th grade, and he is a history buff. He is also in a high school level literature discussion group (he listens to the books on audio), and he is involved in sports and theater.

My other two children are not dyslexic, so he has no qualms at all about asking his little brother or older sister how to spell a word now and then. To him, being dyslexic is really no different than someone being a faster or slower runner, taller or shorter, blue eyes or brown eyes, etc.

I am incredibly thankful to Susan Barton for giving so much of her time to present lectures on dyslexia. I went to one of her free presentations at my local public library about 4 years ago, and it literally changed our lives. I suddenly realized what was going on with my son, and shortly thereafter, had him diagnosed with dyslexia and started tutoring him with the Barton System.

To hear Susan Barton’s advice for homeschool parents (or those who are thinking about homeschooling), watch her free 30-minute on-line presentation by clicking on the following link:

http://www.bartonreading.com/index.html#homeschool

 

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