Definition of a Digraph
Children like to learn through games. Use digraph word sorts to pique their interest and help them learn these different sound patterns.
Before children can use digraph word sorts, they need to understand what digraphs are. A digraph is defined as two letters that make one unique sound together. Consonant digraphs include "ch," "wh," "sh," "th," "ph," "gh," etc. Vowel digraphs include combinations such as "ai," "ea," "ie," "ou," and more.
Introduce digraphs to children in isolation. Teach them the individual sound, then provide a list of words that have the digraph in them. Emphasize the digraphs by presenting them in a different color, such as red, with the rest of the word in black.
Provide children with word lists or small bound booklets that isolate a particular digraph, to help them become familiar with each sound. Make envelopes with pictures and word cards, based on the digraph. You can easily create your own by hand or through word processing documents. Find picture and word cards online for free at Carl's Corner, or through your ABC Teach membership.