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Phonics in Motion Encourages the Natural Learning Process

Babies are born learners, with a natural curiosity to figure out how the world works. From the moment children are born, they are immersed in a multi-sensory world and the natural learning process begins. At NDES the natural learning process is encouraged with Phonics in Motion (PIM), a multi-sensory teaching method used to aid the teaching of reading and writing. 

The components of the PIM method include highly specialized, targeted kinesthetic motions that children associate with letters and letter combinations. Learning the PIM method is broken into four distinct parts: kinesthetic motions; letter formation & directionality; modeled writing; and phonics development & spelling.

“I love using phonics in motion in first grade. I feel that by "seeing" the words, "hearing" the words and by "doing the motion" that students who may have trouble reading have the opportunity to be able to hear and do the motion to learn the sounds. It is amazing how many of my students will tap out words and sound out the words using the motions while they are writing stories,” states first grade teacher, Mrs. Katherine Biro.

Using the language calendar has really helped to prepare students for writing in their everyday lives. Students are learning how letters make sounds, sounds make words, and words make sentences.  We use the language calendar to help us understand how to create sentences and how to identify common spelling patterns," says kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth Looman.

With these engaging tools, students make crucial connections with language, which contributes to life-long success as readers, writers and collaborators in a changing world.

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