Phonics in Motion© (PIM) is a revolutionary method of engaging children in the exploration and understanding of sounds as part of early literacy. Developed by Dr. Terry Kindervater, Phonics in Motion© incorporates auditory, visual and kinesthetic motion cues to help students learn phonemic awareness and develop phonic skills as they learn to read and write. Coordinating the sounds of letters, letter combinations and words together with visual and tactile motions, the PIM method has accelerated the learning of hundreds of students at all skill levels.


Parents love Phonics in Motion© because they see their children succeed in reading and writing as they learn in a fun and interactive way.


Teachers around the country use Phonics in Motion© to teach reading and writing to their students in fun, engaging and effective ways.

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Starting in Pre-K, districts use Phonics in Motion© to teach literacy because it works for students year after year.

The Phonics in Motion© Method

Phonics in Motion© (PIM) is a multi-modal method developed to immerse children in the understanding of sounds to develop phonemic awareness and phonics skills. Phonemes are the smallest units of sound. Phonemic awareness is the foundation of learning phonics and improves reading, reading comprehension, spelling 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.

PIM has also created a series of tools to help you teach the PIM Method at home or at school. These tools include the Reading and Writing Monster™, the Language Calendar™ and the Vowel House™. Used together, the components help teachers and parents integrate phonemic awareness, phonics, modeled writing and word work into a balanced literacy program, addressing the Reading Foundational Skills of Common Core.


Kinesthetic Motion for the Phonemes


Modeled Written Language


Letter Formation & Directionality


Vowel Sounds & Alternate Spellings

About Terry Kindervater, Ph.D.

Dr. Terry Kindervater has spent more than 37 years teaching in preschools, elementary schools, and university. She began her career as a teacher of the deaf and is passionate about early literacy and the remediation of those who struggle to read and write.

Dr. Kindervater created and refined Phonics in Motion© in her general education classroom throughout her career in response to the needs of children and a desire to make learning fun. She realized that struggling students often had poor phonemic awareness and difficulty spelling, yet resisted the one-size-fits-all approach to literacy. From her training in deaf education, she knew teaching children needed to be language-based, interactive, engaging and fun!

As Dr. Kindervater completed her Ph.D., she formally developed the Phonics in Motion© system that links the learning of sounds with visual and tactile motions. The PIM system invites children to engage in learning through dynamic experiences and teaches literacy skills through routine and repetition.

Dr. Kindervater presents around the country about the results of the PIM system on student literacy. She currently teaches the PIM system to teachers, parents and school districts offering presentations, training sessions, and professional workshops. Teachers report excitement about the engagement of their children in reading and writing and their amazing progress.