This morning, I woke up early to write curriculum. As I am creating the spelling lists, I have been investigating words further. Each list teaches a rule and also practices the new phonograms.
This morning I began to investigate words that end in UE. In Uncovering the Logic of English, all my examples were words ending in the long U sound. I am so amazed by what I just discovered and how it solves a few words I didn't even realize I still didn't know how to spell or why.
First, here is a list of the words ending with the long U sound or /oo/ spelled with U silent final E.
Now here are 11 words, most of which I found difficult to spell. These are all ending in QU, with it saying its advanced sound /k/. Since English words do not end in U, an E is added!
Here are 9 words ending in the phonogram GU. I added this phonogram to Dr. Orton's original 70 phonograms. I did not realize how valuable this is at the end of the word. Each of these words ends in the sound /g/ spelled with the phonogram GU, which means they each need a Silent Final E.
Since I struggled for many years, including my time in grad school, with spelling, finding patterns like these make me so excited. English spelling really is not that difficult. Sure there are a number of options and a few places we need to memorize. But we do not need to rote memorize every word. There are reasons and patterns.