Teach M Sound

I will give quick tips on how to teach the M sound to your child and then practices at the syllable level. Your child will learn how to say M correctly in the beginning, medial, and end of syllables. If you are just starting your home practice for M, this is a very important first step.

Teach M With a Mirror

You are going to teach your child the M sound using a mirror. This technique works well for most children. If your child is distracted by the mirror, remove it. You can follow each step simply by looking at each other.

M is a visual sound which means that your child can easily see how to say it by looking at you. Therefore, bring attention to your face as much as possible during these practices.

Mirror Game

Materials: A mirror, preferably a slightly big mirror such a floor mirror and the M syllable list

How to do activity:

1. Get down to the level of your child. This may even include the floor!

2. Look into the mirror with your child.

3. First get your child interested in the activity by being silly (if needed)! A few tips include kissing the mirror, making silly faces, or touching the mirror.

4. Next, work on imitating. Make a gesture of any kind and have your child imitate. 

5. Now that your child is imitating, open your mouth wide and then close your lips (this will bring attention to your mouth). Now, encourage your child to do the same.

6. Once everyone has their lips together, starting humming. Encourage your child to do the same.

7. Then, move on to "ma." Once your child says "ma," congratulate him or her for saying the M sound the good way.

8. Pick another syllable from the syllable list below.

9. Say the syllable with an exaggerated face and have your child repeat.

10. Cover syllables with M in the beginning, middle, and end. Your child will most likely have more difficulty with M in the middle and at the end so make sure to spend some time there!

M syllable list

Helpful Tips:

  • Bring attention to your lips when possible. I like to point.
  • Exaggerate your lips when you make the M sound
  • Make it fun!


Work on syllables for a few minutes a few times a day or until your child learns how to say M. Once your child can say M, move on!


Don’t forget to fill out a motivation chart so you can remember what you tried and how it went! 

Your child may learn M syllables quickly, in a matter of minutes for some! When your child is saying it right most of the time, move on to the word level. Don't spend too much time here.

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