Learn the key difference between a blend and digraph and you’ll be able to identify them everywhere! Here’s a collection of resources such as posters, songs and videos.
The Difference Between a Blend and Digraph
Digraphs and blends appear similar but there is a key difference. Digraphs have one sound and blends have two or more sounds.
When you sound out a digraph, you can say only one sound. Here is an example.
- /sh/ as in ship: /sh/ is the only sound you say and hear. When you say /sh/ you can’t hear the /s/ and /h/ sounds individually.
When you sound out a blend, you can say and hear two or more sounds. Here is an example.
- /f-r/ as in fruit: you can hear /fr/ when you say it fast but slow it down and you can hear the /f/ and /r/ sounds individually too.
Ever since I’ve learnt that digraphs make one sound and blends make two or more, I spot the sounds whenever I am reading. Just reading my last sentence now, I can instantly see “sp” in spot as a blend because when I say it slowly I can hear the individual /s/ and the /p/ sounds.
It’s also handy to know what initial and final refers to.
Initial blends and digraphs appear at the beginning of a word e.g. think. Final blends and digraphs appear at the end of a word e.g. moth.
Phonics Posters – Blends and Digraphs
I found it hard to find a complete set of blends and digraphs posters – which led to the creation of the following posters. These focus on all of the consonant blends and digraphs.
Here’s a sample of 25 digraph posters which contain all of the initial and final consonant digraphs – and trigraphs. This set is available here.
Here’s a sample 47 blends posters which contain all of the initial and final consonant blends – and triblends. This set is available here.
You can get the 72 Phonics Posters Bundle here.
These songs are great for reviewing common blends.
This company Pre School Prep has some great clips for introducing the main digraphs.
This video is quite catchy for learning digraphs.