Digraphs are another area many of my students struggle in. They either have trouble pronouncing them or they struggle to see the digraph as one sound and continue to verbalize both letter sounds when reading.
Some students really struggle to visualize digraphs as one sound and will continue to sound out each letter in a digraph separately, no matter how much practice they have using more traditional methods and activities. But that’s not the case with multisensory strategies because students form symbol imagery for the sounds they are working on.
The key to overcoming this hurdle is providing students with the right activities to develop the sound symbol imagery for these digraphs along with repetition and review.
Activity ideas for H brothers digraphs:
- tracing the digraph and saying the sound as they trace
- air writing the digraph and saying the sound as they write
- finding words with the digraph and highlighting the target digraph, again saying the sound as they highlight
- isolating each digraph and teaching one at a time before combining them together
- using nonsense words to practice spelling with the target digraphs
- using phonogram cards to build words
- Elkonin boxes for blending and spelling
- reading decodable stories with the target digraph
To make this easy for you, I have created a set of printable H brothers multisensory activities. These activities will help with the H brothers digraphs th, sh, ch, and wh. You can use this set along with any other curriculum as a supplement, and of course it pairs well with Orton-Gillingham, Barton, Wilson, and any other similar program. Click below to purchase this 31 page set which includes phonogram cards, games, worksheets, word cards, and other multisensory activities.
If you’re looking for more tips on teaching reading to struggling learners, check out these other posts:
- Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers – Elkonin Boxes
- Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies – My Secret Tip To Improve Reading Comprehension
- Multisensory Strategies for B & D Reversals – Dyslexia Intervention
- Multisensory Spelling Strategy for Struggling Learners – Dyslexia Spelling Strategy