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Foundation in Sounds™

Question: What is the Foundation in Sounds™ Program? 

Answer: Foundation in Sounds™ is designed for parents, tutors, teachers, and other professionals who want to use the Barton Reading & Spelling System or other Orton-Gillingham influenced programs , but their students could not pass Part C of the Barton Screening.


Foundation in Sounds™ is an easy-to-use program for students of all ages that will improve a student's auditory discrimination, auditory memory size, and auditory sequencing skills.


When a student has finished all 12 lessons in Foundation in Sounds™, the student will be able to pass Part C of the Barton Student Screening.


Question: How do I get trained in the Foundation in Sounds™ Program?

Answer: Like the Barton System, all of the training you need comes on video, along with scripted lesson plans, and free unlimited support. So parents, teachers, and tutors can easily learn and use this program without having to travel anywhere or attend any training seminar. 


Question: How many lessons are there?

Answer: There are 12 lessons, with 9 procedures. Then beginning in lesson 9 two new advanced procedures are added.


Question: What are the procedures in a typical lesson?

Answer: In procedures 1, 2, and 3, your student will review what they have learned in the previous lessons with games, sequencing of Sound Pictures, and Colored Blank Tiles.


In procedures 4 and 5, you will guide your student into discovering new sounds.


In procedures 6 through 11, your student will practice those new sounds by doing a wide variety of activities.


Your student will end each lesson by marking it off their progress tracking sheet – so they can see that they are getting closer to the finish line.


Below is a description of each procedure: 
         1:  Review: Play a Game
         2:  Review: Sequencing with

              Sound Pictures
         3:  Review: Sequencing with

              Colored Tiles
         4:  Discover First Sound
         5:  Discover Second Sound
         6:  Which Word
         7:  Sequencing with Sound

         8:  Sequencing with

              Colored Tiles
         9:  Changing with Sound

              Pictures (Beginning in

              Lesson 9)
         10: Changing with Colored

               Tiles (Beginning in

               Lesson 9) 
         11: Play a Game (Optional)
         12: Student Tracking Sheet


Question: What sounds are covered in the 12 lessons?

Answer:The sounds include the following:
          Lesson 1: /m/ and /n/
          Lesson 2: /f/ and /v/
          Lesson 3: /th/
          Lesson 4: /k/ and /g/
          Lesson 5: /s/ and /sh/
          Lesson 6: /i/ and /e/
          Lesson 7: /u/
          Lesson 8: /a/ and /o/
          Lesson 9: /l/ and /r/
          Lesson 10: /d/ and /t/
          Lesson 11: /ch/ and /j/
          Lesson 12: /b/ and /p/ 


Question: Why aren't all the sounds from the alphabet included? 

Answer: Our main goal in developing the Foundation in Sounds™ Program was to improve auditory discrimination, auditory memory size, and auditory sequencing so that students would have the necessary skills to move into the Barton Reading & Spelling System; therefore, we only included the sounds that were on the Barton Student Screening. The sounds that are not included are H, QU, W, X, Y, and Z.


Question: What is included in the program?

Answer: You will get everything you need to do the lessons correctly. 


Online Tutor Training, (DVDs on Request): Our training contains two hours of explicit, detailed, step-by-step instruction for the tutor, parent or teacher. Be sure to watch the training in its entirety before beginning with your student.


Tutor Manual: The Manual is your guide as you work with your student. It is divided into 3 major sections: The first section consists of the Student Introduction and the Progress Tracking Sheet. The second section contains 12 lessons. Each lesson consists of 11 procedures.  The third section contains 4 Appendices: The Making Sounds Key, Keys to Success, Correcting Common Mistakes, and Games.


Student Handbook: The Student Handbook goes along with each lesson to help you keep track of how your student is progressing.  It includes a Tutor Tracking Sheet, a Making Sounds Key, a Notes section, and an Error Tracking Sheet.


Sound Pictures: You will receive 44 colorful Sound Pictures with the same keywords used in the Barton Reading & Spelling System, which make the transition smooth. The consonant Sound Pictures are blue and the Vowel Sound Pictures are yellow, which are the same colors used in the Barton System.


Colored Tiles: Students will transition from Sound Pictures to blank colored tiles while doing advanced procedures. Charts and Activity Sheets: Students will use charts and the activity sheets while practising their new skills.


Mirror: A mirror is provided to help students see what their mouth and lips are doing while making each sound.


Student Tracking Sheet: The colorful Student Tracking Sheet is for your student to track their progress through the program.


Free Unlimited Support: We provide free unlimited support by phone 719-476-0189 or by email


Question: Is there a Pre and Post Test for Foundation in Sounds™?

Answer: The Barton Student Screening Part C can be used to determine if a student needs Foundations in Sounds™. To learn how to give it and score it, click here


Once you have completed Foundation in Sounds™, give Part C of the Barton Student Screening again. Your student should be able to pass it easily, which means your student can now start the Barton Reading & Spelling System

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