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Spelling Sampler from Phonics Pathways by Dolores G. Hiskes

 

There are six different spelling rules for the "k" sound. They are introduced one at a time in order of complexity. The diacritical mark for this sound is simply "k":

  1. (pg.40) At the beginning of a word it is usually spelled "k" if the following letter is "e" or "i," as in "keg" or "kid."

    keg Ken kid

  2. (pg.40) If the following letter is any other vowel, it is usually spelled "c" as in "cat," "cot," or "cup."

    catcupcotSee sample page 40.

    it's k and not c with an i or an e

  3. (pg.42) At the end of a short-vowel, single-syllable word "k" is spelled "ck":

    rackdecksicklockSee sample page 42.

  4. (pg.76) At the end of a long-vowel single word "k" is spelled "k":

    bakepeeklikejokeLuke

    (The silent "e" and double "e" are explained more fully in Phonics Pathways.)See sample page 76.

  5. (pg.102) At the end of a multisyllable short-vowel word, "k" is spelled "c":

    panicpicnicmimicfrolic

  6. (pg.102) When a suffix beginning with a vowel is added to the above words, the "c" ending becomes "ck":

    panickingpicnickingmimickedfrolickedSee sample page 102.


There are three more spelling patterns for the "k" sound which are not rules:

"x" as in "fix" See sample page 105.
"qu" as in "quick" See sample page 115.
"ch" as in "Chris" See sample page 205.


© 2006 Dolores G. Hiskes
May only be reprinted with permission from the author

Cc, Kk
a
c-a
ca
e
k-e
ke
i
k-i
ki
o
c-o
co
u
c-u
cu

cat, keg, kid, cot, cup

 

 

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Table of Contents
Getting Started
Short Vowel Sounds
Two-Letter Blends
Three Letter Words
Vision Exercises

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