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Lesson 1

The phonogram ‘ch’ can represent three different sounds.
The English /ch/ sound is used most often. The Greek /k/ sound is used next most often.
The French /sh/ sound is used least often.  Say aloud:  /ch/, /k/, /sh/. Practice these words:
English /ch/         Greek /k/                     French /sh/
church               school                          chef
charcoal             schedule                        chauffeur
chariot              scheme                          Charlene 
chamber              chorus                          chivalry 
chickadee            scholar                         chute    
cherish              choir                                    
chant                                                         
beech                                                         
birch                                                         

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Lesson 2

Practice these words in which the phonograms ‘kn’, ‘gn’, and ‘pn’ 
are pronounced simply /n/.
Note: 1) The phonogram ‘kn’ can only be used at the beginning of a word.
Note: 2) The ‘gn’ can be used anyplace in a word.
Note: 3) The ‘pn’ is used for scientific words that refer to the lungs.
knotknowknifekneeknewknown
knickersknightknitknittingknobknock
knockoutknotknotholeknowledgeknuckleknack
knapsackknavekneadknellkneelknoll
gnatgnarledgnashgnomegnugnaw
gnosticsigndesignresigncologneassign
feign alignbenignforeignreigncampaign
pneumoniapneumaticpneumatics

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Lesson 3

The Past Tense Phonogram ‘ed’ can represent three different sounds:
/ed/ as in the word ‘wanted’; /d/ as in the word ‘loved’; and /t/ as in the word ‘wrecked’.
Listen to the differences: /ed/  /d/   /t/
I wanted a new car.  I loved the one I bought.  Then I wrecked it.
Practice these words with specific Past Tense verb endings.
/ed/:   In a verb that ends with a /t/ or a /d/’, the ‘ed’ adds a second syllable. 
want/ wan ted     melt / mel ted     wait / wai ted    bust / bus ted
discar ded   hois ted    divi ded    remin ded    uni ted    pad ded
/d/:  In a verb that ends with this Voiced sound, the ‘ed’ represents /d/.
loved    caused    drummed   filled  smelled
yawned   blamed    paved   grazed   stormed
/t/:    In a verb that ends with an Unvoiced sound, the ‘ed’ represents /t/.
wrecked  wished   kicked    milked  itched
dropped  latched   helped   wished  wrapped

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