Welcome to Multisensory Monday Sarah’s Spelling School! This week we go over the rule for spelling with -dge. I often teach -dge right after teaching -tch because the rules are the same. (By the way, I’ve been looking into the reason for common -tch exceptions, like much and such, and haven’t found a good answer. A fellow reader suggested it may have to do with the Middle English spellings. Any thoughts?)
Do you explicitly teach the rule for -tch and -dge?
-dge Spelling Rule
Use -dge to spell the sound /j/ immediately after the short vowel in a one-syllable word.
judge, badge, fudge, sledge, fridge, lodge
Like the -tch Spelling Rule, the -dge Spelling Rule does not apply to words with other vowel sounds or words where there is another consonant before the /j/ sound.
page, rouge, beige, image
large, merge, hinge, range
Judge -dge Word List
What other ideas do you have for teaching -dge?
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