The first letter for this week was letter m. One of the most important figures in the family tree is the mother or someone who acts as a mother figure. They were very excited to stick mummy’s picture on their letter scrapbook 🙂
The children also followed the Jolly phonics story which also spoke about a particular mummy Mrs. Morris and her son Marvin.
The jolly phonics story for the letter m sound is this.
Mrs. Morris and her son Marvin have invited his friends Milly and Molly for dinner. They are playing outside when they hear a call for dinner. They come in wash their hands and sit at the table. Each one says m,m,m,m, “I am very, very hungry” rubbing their tummies.” Mrs. Marvin comes in with the food it is meatballs and mash potatoes.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter m sound
The action done when saying the m sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are. You put one of your hands flat on your tummy, rubbing in a circular motion, saying /m.m.m/.
- Step 1 – Start at the top , go down
- Step 2 – Bounce up
- Step 3 – Tunnel and down
- Step 4 – Tunnel again and down again
- Step 5 – Tail.
We also discussed other words which start with the m sound. These are some words we came up with: meal, monkey, moon, man, money, mop, mouse and mirror. The children discussed amongst them whose name starts with the letter sound m – Mandy and Mason 🙂
Practice Ideas For Home
- You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
- You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter m sound.
- Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound m. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding at first what this means. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂