Consonant Digraphs are letter combinations that make one new sound.

I have noticed that my students all learn digraphs pretty easily if they are taught directly. Knowing digraphs also greatly helps with spelling.

The most common digraphs are: ch, ck, sh, th, and wh. Notice, when you say the letter combinations, they make a single new sound. Examples of words with digraphs are: cheetah, duck, dolphin, sheep, then, and whale.

In teaching, point out the digraph and have your child make the new sound the letter combination makes. For example, your child should say “ch” when reading “cheetah,” not a separate /c/ and /h/ sound.

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