Syllable Division,  Types of Syllables

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)

Here is a worksheet example. It asks that the student write the sound of each Consonant + LE syllable just like the list I wrote above.

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  • thehomeschoolingdoctor

    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

    • momssoulcafe

      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

      • thepicturebookpusher

        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?

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