I will give quick tips on how to teach the M sound to your child and then practices at the syllable level. If you are just starting your home practice for M, this is a very important first step.
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.
Materials: A mirror, preferably a slightly big mirror such a floor mirror
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 such as "moo" or "um"
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!
Once your child can say M, move on!
Your child may learn M 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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