Once your child has mastered consonants and short vowels, you can introduce the idea that when some letters get together, their sound CHANGES! I like to explain that, “It’s kind of like when you play with one friend, you like to play restaurant but when you play with a different friend you like to play superheros but when you are by yourself, you like to color. “Letter teams” make different sounds than when the letters are just by themselves. Here are the beginning two letter phonograms or letter teams: CH, EE, TH, CK, OO, WR, WH, KN, NG, ED, SH, and PH.
Here are a few games you can use to help your child practice learning these phonograms
Roll a Digraph from The Measured Mom
Digraph Playdough Mats from Play Dough to Plato
Swat the Phonogram from All About Learning Press
Next up is STEP 4:R-Controlled Vowels