Go to the End and Count Back Three, if You See Consonant + LE

The syllable pattern in REVLOC is is a departure from the Vowel-Consontant-Vowel patterns. This one is Consonant+LE. It is the L in REVLOC.

If you have not read the post on REVLOC, please read it and come back.

When you have a word with a Consonant+LE at the end, count back three letters, then divide the word. Consontant + LE is ALWAYS at the end of the word.

The C+LE endings are:

  • ble
  • dle
  • fle
  • gle
  • kle
  • tle
  • zle
  • ple

They are pronounced as:

  • ble = b’l (as in bubble)
  • dle = d’l (as in idle)
  • fle = f’l (as in ruffle)
  • gle = g’l (as in giggle)
  • kle = k’l (as in pickle)
  • tle = t’l (as in turtle)
  • zle = z’l (as in sizzle)
  • ple = p’l (as in people)

Within this syllable division type there are different kinds of words.

One, when the middle consonant is doubled.

For example: Cuddle, sniffle

Or, when there is a consonant you can hear.

For example: shingle, tangle, purple

Or, when there is a ck inside the word.

For example: crackle, fickle, freckle, pickle

In this case, when dividing the word, you DO break up the CK.

So, to actually divide a word, it would look like this:

  • Cuddle (Oh! I see a C+LE!) I go to the end, count back three, and divide

Cud (closed syllable or C)      dle (Cons. + LE or L)

  • Purple (I see C+LE at the end!) go to the end, count back three, and divide

Pur (r-controlled or R)             ple (Cons. +LE or L)

  • Crackle (I see C+LE at the end! But oh no, there’s CK and I have been told to leave blends and digraphs together. RULE: In cons. + LE you are allowed to break up the CK)

Crac (Closed or C)                 kle (Cons. +LE or L)

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(11) Comments

  1. I’ve been a bit MIA. Sorry! Anyhow, we just reinforced this yesterday in homeschool school. I went ahead and bought “How to Spell” to go along with How to Teach Spelling so I could give them practice without me having to be there ALL the time! They seemed to do well with the -LE count back three. However, I missed the little tidbit on the -CK division so I’m glad you pointed that out!

    Funny about the accidental misplacement of your post! I did that once when I uploaded a photo–it went to my blog and I only wanted it to go into storage to use later for some post!

    Also, I guess I didn’t see the worksheet. Did I miss it or did it not get attached to the post? Thanks!! ~~Terri

    1. Hi! Sorry for the delay in answering you here. Yes. C+le is included. To divide this syllable type, always go to the end and count back three. So, double would divide — dou / ble

        Thanks! Another question:
        Is the “go to the end and count back three” a rule that can applied to dividing all kinds of syllables (words), in general; or is it only a rule for words ending with C+le?

  2. Go to the end and count back 3. Except for ck PICKLE. Must keep ck together. Divide before or after? Wht say the “experts?”

    1. Hi Mel, you do break up the CK in Consonant + LE words — always. Under other rules, that would be a no-no, but in the case of C+LE, it’s always broken. That’s what the experts who taught me, taught me.

      So, speckle, would be spec kle (the syllable kle says k’l and you would teach that syllable, along with other C+Le syllables: ble = b’l (as in bubble), dle = d’l (as in idle), kle = k’l (as in pickle), etc.

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