So, You Want to Teach Your Child the Letter M and its /m/ Sound
We all know the importance of reading, and to be able to read, a child must first learn the letter names and sounds of the alphabet. This is why we've created a page to teach each of the letters using activities, worksheets, songs and rhymes, and videos.
We will teach the letter M and its sound here.
The M consonant sound is made by lightly pressing the lips together while making the /mmm/ sound from your vocal cords. Try saying the /m/ sound several times. This is also one of the few nasal sounds of English - the others being N and NG.
Because M and N are both nasal sounds, some younger children may have slight difficulties distinguishing the subtle differences between the two sounds. So a little extra time may be needed to work on the /m/ sound.
Try saying the /mmm/ sound several times, and say it slowly. Stretch the sound out. Try it with these words:
MOM - /m/ /o/ /m/
MAP - /m/ /a/ /p/
MONDAY - /m/ /o/ /n/ /d/ /ay/
Learning Activity for /m/
- Make a printout for the capital letter M and a lower-case m
- Make printouts for the following M words
- Show your child the letter M (m) and demonstrate how to make the nasal /m/ sound. You may wish to also wish to teach letter N to show the sound difference between these letters.
- Ask your child to say the /mmm/ sound several times.
- Fun to do: to explain what a nasal sound is to your child, pinch your nose and you'll see that you cannot make the /m/ sound at all. Ask your child to pinch his / her nose and see if the /mmm/ sound can be made.
- Work on the /mmm/ sound with the above listed words. When reading these words, stretch out the M sound.
- Work on the M worksheet provided below, and also read the rhyme provided below.
Letter M Worksheets
Letter M Rhyme and Song
My mom gave me some gum.
I put the gum in my mouth.
The gum is so yum, mom!
I ask my mom:
May I have some more gum, mom?
My mom says:
Not now, I have to go buy some ham, jam, and spam, Sam.