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, an educator whose students struggled to learn with boring one-size-fits-all curriculums, Phonics in Motion© incorporates auditory, visual and kinesthetic motion cues to help students 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 thousands of students at all skill levels.


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


Countless teachers have turned strugglers into leaders with Phonics in Motion©, becoming educators who are remembered by their students for their positive impact and fun teaching methods.

District Administrator

Districts rely on Phonics in Motion© to create winning schools with improved literacy scores. PIM works for teachers and students year after year.

The Four Components of Phonics in Motion©

Phonics in Motion offer the tools needed for you to teach with the PIM system. The four components include the Kinesthetic Motions for the Phoneme Writing Monster™ (KMPs), the Reading and Writing Monster™, the Language Calendar™ and the Vowel House™. Used together, the system helps teachers and parents integrate phonemic awareness, phonics, modeled writing and word work into a balanced literacy program.

The four components correlate with four distinct parts of learning literacy: kinesthetic motions; letter formation & directionality; modeled writing; and phonics development & spelling.


Kinesthetic Motion for the Phonemes


Modeled Written Language


Letter Formation & Directionality


Vowel Sounds & Alternate Spellings

Meet the Founder, Terry Kindervater, Ph.D.

Dr. Terry Kindervater spent four decades teaching in preschools, elementary schools, and universities. 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.