What is a blend?

What is a “blend?” My son’s teacher says that he will learn to read faster if he knows them.

A consonant blend is two or more consecutive consonants in a word whose sounds blend together. Although the sounds “blend” together, each sound is still heard. These are examples of a blend: fry, dress, swim and string.

A consonant digraph is a group of consecutive consonants in a word which join to make one sound. These are examples of a digraph: when, where, thick, much and know.

If you search, consonant blend, on the internet, you can find easily printable picture charts of blends. Your son’s teacher is right, once children learn the sounds that blends make they do learn to read faster.

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  • Thanks for the information! We’re working on blends/diagraphs right now, and I didn’t know the difference between the two. Now that I know, I’ll be better able to help my daughter learn them!

  • I am a 5th grader and I am doing ACE: 7th grade Word Building. Being homeschooled, I found this website very useful. I didn’t know what a blend or a consonant diagraph is because I didn’t start from the beginning of the Word Building Unit. They taught it somewhere in there but I missed it. Thanks for the website, Classroom Talk.

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