Consonant digraphs are 2 or more consonant letters in a row that make one sound. For example, /sh/ is a consonant digraph because s and h are both consonants and together they make one sound.
Kids learn consonant digraphs in kindergarten. By age 5 and 6, kids should be able to read short vowel consonant digraph words like ship, chat, catch, then… etc.
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A list of consonant digraphs…
sh as in ship
th as in math
th as in then
ch as in chop
_tch as in match
_ck as in back
_ng as in long
_ing as in king
_ang as in sang
wh_ as in when
_ink as in pink
_ank as in tank
qu as in quick
Sample consonant digraph stories…
Consonant digraph stories for kindergartners should only include short vowels and the most common sight words. Short vowels are (a_ as in hat, e_ as in met, i_ as in lit, o_ as in hop, u_ as in cup).
Thus, some short vowel consonant digraph words are shop, shell, shut, shock, chat, chip, chop, match, catch, pitch, witch, then, this… etc. While shortcake and shriek are technically consonant digraph words, they are NOT appropriate for beginners.
Here are some sample consonant digraph stories for kindergartners…