Learning digraphs after learning letter sounds can be super tricky for new readers. They need to hear the information in many ways and practice, practice practice. That’s why I love to use these phonics videos to teach digraphs in my classroom.
Your kids have just figured out how to blend the letter sounds to read simple words and now you have to throw them a curveball: the digraph. 🤦🏽♀️
“I know we said the letter Ss makes the sound /s/ and the letter Hh makes the sound /h/, but guess what? When you put them together, they make the sound /sh/. Isn’t the English language fun, kids?” 🤪
Believe it or not, we love learning digraphs in my classroom. It’s like joining a fun big kid club. It’s learning a secret that only readers can really know. 🤫
I use as many resources and learning styles as I can to practice the new sounds these letters make when they become best buddies. One of our favorite ways to practice is these YouTube videos.
I have compiled my favorites for you here. 👏 The first one is a great video about all digraphs. After that, I have linked two sets of videos. There are individual videos for each digraph sound. 🙌
Learning Videos for the Classroom
While I personally believe these videos are appropriate for preschool, kindergarten and first grade classrooms, remember that there can often be inappropriate ads before and after YouTube videos. Also, I always recommend previewing the full video before showing it to your class.
If you plan to show YouTube videos in your classroom, I highly recommend that you read this blog post by Catherine, the Brown Bag Teacher. She shares three ways to eliminate YouTube video ads so that you can safely play these learning videos in your classroom.
Videos to Teach Phonics Digraphs
In this video to teach phonics digraphs, Jack Hartman explains that digraphs have two letters that make one sound. I like how this video addresses this concept that can be so confusing for our new readers. Be still my explicit-instruction lovin’ heart!
He goes through the sounds each letter makes individually and then what sound the two letters make when put together. But he doesn’t stop there!
Then he gives several examples of each digraph within words.
Meet the Phonics Digraphs
These videos by the Preschool Prep Company show different examples of each digraph. They show the letters together, make the sound and give word examples.
The digraph itself is a “character” in the first part of the video. It does not talk so we have plenty of chances to watch out for the digraph we see in the video.
For example, in the “ch” video, there is a chef who is using chocolate chips. He chews them up!
In the second half of the video, we see many examples of words with the digraph in them. They show a picture of the word as well as saying it out loud.
I love that there is a video for each digraph so we can watch them as we are learning them!
Let’s Learn About Digraphs
In these videos, Jack Hartman (yeah, I’m just a little bit obsessed 😂) presents a video to practice each digraph. He explains what a digraph is, practices the sound, and gives several examples of each digraph.
He asks students to listen for the digraph in each word. I especially like how he says the word several times and includes the digraphs in different parts of the word.
These engaging videos are such a hit with my students. I’m so glad he made one for each digraph so we can watch a new video each time we learn a digraph!
Have you used these videos in your classroom before? Do you have any others you recommend? Let me know below! 👇
If you’re looking for more videos to teach phonics skills, check out this GIANT list of my favorites for each skill 🙌