Spelling Rules and Phonics, Part III

gif_book121 Bonus Letters, the Fizzle, Floss, or Flossy Rule …all common names for this rule.

Another helpful spelling rule is:

If a one-syllable word ends in a short vowel and is immediately followed by the consonants f, l, s, or z, double the consonant.

Examples are:

  • fluff, puff, whiff, off, buff
  • bill, hill, hall, mull, fill, tall
  • mass, kiss, chess, less
  • jazz, buzz, fuzz

(The letter /a/ does not always have the expected short sound.)

Remember, these rules are very helpful for students with specific learning disabilities in making sense of spelling and reading.

Spelling Rules and Phonics, Part II

jpg_4289-Owl-Teacher-Cartoon-Character-With-A-Pointer-2Here is an interesting bit of trivia you may not realize, and it will help to explain an irregular spelling pattern.

Have you ever noticed that words in English do not end in the letter v?

Because of this rule, we add a silent e after a /v/, and it will not necessarily make the prior vowel make a long sound.

This helps to explain why we have words that follow the typical long vowel silent e rule such as five, hive, gave, (long vowel/consonant/silent e) and then words like: give, have, extensive, expansive, pensive, responsive, etc. (short vowel/consonant/silent e).

I’ve heard it said, “The v refuses to be last!”

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More


Many of us are enjoying lovely spring weather. (I was one of the unfortunate ones who had a flight canceled over spring break due to a blizzard!)

For those of you who follow the blog, you may remember that I have been working on writing a book on autism. I have just sent my book proposal to a few publishers and am awaiting their replies. In the meantime, I continue to work on writing and am back to teaching. Will let you know if there is any good news!

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.