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The Barton Reading Program

The Barton System is a research-based tutoring system that provides intense intervention for individuals with dyslexia or related learning disabilities. It is influenced by the Orton-Gillingham approach and offers a structured and systematic approach to improving reading and spelling skills. This system is widely used by various professionals, including educational therapists, speech-language therapists, and parents. The program is recognized for its effectiveness and complies with several educational standards, including the No Child Left Behind requirements.

Barton Tutoring is personalized, one-on-one tutoring that caters to the unique needs of each learner. The program uses a multi-sensory approach to reading with auditory, tactile, and visual activities that teach phonemic awareness, types of syllables, probabilities and rules, roots, and much more. To ensure effectiveness, Barton requires a minimum of 100 minutes per week, with each session lasting 50 minutes. Sessions can be scheduled 2-3 times per week.

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Kingsfield Farm

Covenant has formed a partnership with Kingsfield Farm, a ten-acre farm situated in northwest Cypress, owned and operated by Keith and Julie Miracle, who are parents of students at the school. The aim of the partnership is to enhance Covenant’s classical education practice by providing students with opportunities for hands-on experience in agricultural projects. Additionally, the partnership will enable seventh and eighth-grade students to carry out field studies at the Farm.

The Miracles purchased the farm in 2003 from descendants of German immigrants who previously ran a small floriculture business for ten years, selling field-grown specialty flowers at local farmer’s markets. The farm’s original owners raised cattle and farmed the land that extended all the way across Little Cypress Creek to Huffmeister Road. Working on the Farm will provide students with a connection to the experiences of local people in history.

In 2011, the Miracles replaced the longhorns that came with the property with a flock of American blackbelly sheep. These small sheep are traditionally raised for meat and typically measure under three feet in height. The blackbelly sheep lamb twice annually, and most ewes produce twins. The Miracles learned about small livestock management through their experience in controlling coyotes, managing flood dangers, parasite control, nutritional requirements, and, most interestingly, sheep behavior. The behavior of sheep is often compared to human behavior in the scriptures.

The Farm was recently designated as a Texas Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in 2021. As a result, it is responsible for increasing and maintaining songbird populations while also working on predator and erosion control. Current projects being undertaken at the Farm include developing a new pond, creating and installing songbird feeding stations and bluebird houses, developing a new flower and herb garden, managing the American blackbelly sheep flock, and expanding into dwarf goat species.

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