Overview of Consonant Blends

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Overview of Consonant Blends
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Consonant blends are two or three consonants right next to each other. But unlike digraphs, each letter keeps its sound. These blends can occur in the initial or final position within words.

Some examples of initial consonant blends include: blue, grin, and strap. Examples of final blends include: soft, jump, land, and mint. Some words, such as trend, have initial and final consonant blends.

Digraph blends consist of a digraph and a consonant, as in shrimp and lunch.  When teaching digraph blends, it is useful to note the difference between the number of letters and sounds in these words.

Teaching students the characteristics of consonant blends is crucial. Many longer, more difficult words contain consonant blends, so the sooner students learn these basic concepts, the sooner they’ll be able to read and spell more words.

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