Often in spelling and writing the letters and their pronunciations are considered, but what I had never experienced until working with Orton Gillingham is how to spell a letter sound. This post is on how to spell consonant sounds. Next week, I will cover spelling vowel sounds.
There are letters that make sounds, d says “d” (dog), and there are sounds made up of letters, the sound “sh” can be made using the letters sh (shout) or ch (chef). We call that how you “spell” a sound.
This can come in handy when teaching how to spell and read. Knowing that certain letters and letter combinations make certain sounds that may not look right at first, can make a word that is foreign suddenly make sense. Once it is realized that gh can say “f” in a word like laugh or cough, spelling these word groups doesn’t seem so hard.
Here is a list of each consonant and how to spell the sounds :
“h” h (hip)
“j” j (jump), g (e,I,y) (gem), -ge (rage), -dge (judge), du (educate)
“l” l (liver)
“v” v (violin)
“b” b (best)
“m” m (milk), -mb (comb), -mn (column)
“sh” sh (shower), ch (chef)
“r” r (rest), wr (wrench), rh (rhino)
“p” p (pest)
“f” f (fish), ph (phone), -lf (calf), -gh (laugh)
“sk” sc (scoot), sk (skate)
“ks” x (box)
“n” n (nose), gn (gnome), kn (knife)
“?h” th (thimble) unvoiced
“g” g (glue), gh (ghost), gu (guitar)
“ch” ch (church), tch (match), tu (picture)
“kw” qu (queen) (qu together are considered a consonant in OG)
“s” s (scar), c (cist – e,I,y, rule), sc (science), ps (psychic)
“gz x (exit)
“k” c (cram), k (kick), ck (kick), ch (Christmas), lk (chalk), que (antique)
“ng” n (think, thing)
“w” w (wing)
“d” d (dog), -ed (bogged)
“t” t (tick), -ed (jumped)
“z” z (zoo), s (was)
“hw” wh (while)
“th” th (mother) voiced
“y” y (yes)
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