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Basic Consonant-l-e words
words - early practice
Remember to divide before the consonant-l-e syllable -- if
the syllable ends in a vowel, it's "open" and has
a long sound, and if it ends in a consonant it's "closed"
and has a short sound.
Before you use this "practice" page, practice the
words in separate decks of short and long vowels. The student
may also need more practice and drill with open and closed syllables.
Puzzles putting together words with consonant-l-e are also a
good idea. After you've practiced this page one column at a
time, try reading them across the rows. Always preface
by recalling what the difference between the two columns is.
Ask probing questions about dividing the words into syllables
- it's an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge about
open and closed syllables, especially good for the kids who
learned to read the syllables but didn't necessarily understand
that "ap" is going to sound like "ap" in
nap and snap, and also in apple and apply and apprehend.
This page offers practice switching letters that sometimes
get confused. It does include r-controlled syllables;
omit these if the pattern has not been learned.
There are hundreds of "able" and "ible"
words for all those wonderful things that are doable.
You might want to practice those separately, as well, since
they all end in an "ubble" or "ibble"
sound, but the emphasis is on the syllable *before* the 'able'
*These are 'bonus' words (because they've got vowel digraphs
in them, which don't come along for a while). They can be deleted
or included as 'sight words,' a preview of things to come, especially
if they are already in the student's 'sight word' lexicon.