Like other letters in the English alphabet, the letter l can be silent. We have a specific lesson on silent l because the letter l is the least predictable silent letter. There are some guidelines for when the letter l is silent.
When the letter l comes after the letter a and before v, f, k, or m, the letter l is usually silent.
When the letter l comes between the letters ou and d, it is considered silent. In this program, we counted the letters oul as a spelling of the short /oo/ sound. Thinking of the letter l is silent is another way to think about that sound.
Introducing Silent L
Look at the pictures below. Pay attention to the silent letter l in each word.
Practice Silent L
The best way we can remember the sounds letters make is to practice. Our Learning to Read workbook has cards you can use to practice with the silent l. You can also make your own notecards to practice letters and sounds. Just a few minutes of practice a day will make a huge difference!
Congratulations! You can now read more words! You can practice reading the words on the chart.
You can also practice writing words with the silent l. Make sure you follow explicit handwriting instructions to ensure you are writing efficiently. Writing efficiently is a huge part of building writing stamina.
You can use this video to prepare for a lesson with your student, or your student can work with the video independently.
LEARNING TO READ PROGRAM
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Learning to read is a systematic process that requires explicit instruction. Our learning to read program breaks down every sound students need to know to learn how to read. Every step of the program includes picture examples, sound practice, reading practice, and writing practice.
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