Two letters blended together can make a long vowel sound. These are sometimes called diphthongs.
Oi and oy are different spellings that make the same vowel sound.
Ow and ou are different spellings that make the same vowel sound.
Download our Diphthongs Chart below.
This chart outlines the use of four diphthongs (oi, oy, ow, and ou) with example words and illustrations. Can you think of any other words using these diphthongs?
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Phonics is the method that helps children build systematic connections between letters and sounds. Phonics has a better impact on children’s reading ability than any other type of reading program. It has also been shown to improve spelling, particularly among kindergarteners and first graders.
To find out more, read our Deep Dive into Phonics report. This report provides an easy-to-understand overview of phonics and phonemic awareness - why they are important and how they are taught in the classroom - and explains all the relevant terminology. It's perfect for sharing with colleagues, friends, and to Google Classroom!