Expanding the Safety Net: How PIM Fosters a Love of Learning

By Bridget Simenc on September 21, 2021

Expanding the Safety Net: How PIM Fosters a Love of Learning

“If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow.”  – John Lubbock


Learning Environment


Students learn best when they feel safe and secure to explore their environment in a way that makes sense to them.  This can be difficult for some students who may feel that they do not know as much as their peers or feel that they don’t understand the concepts that their peers do.  What can teachers do to scaffold their students and meet their learning needs? 



The Phonics In Motion Learning Environment 


Phonics in Motion is structured and designed so that children can learn and thrive at their own pace.  The PIM classroom incorporates movements tied to phonemes to help children understand how letters sound, how sounds blend, and how to put them together to construct words.  Children practice these movements daily and use previously learned movements to construct new meaning.  All children are actively engaged in their learning during these lessons because they are specifically designed to involve students in their learning process.  

This is beneficial in reducing risk because children are provided with the daily opportunity to practice the concepts in the lesson and previously learned materials.  During the PIM lessons, children are participating in a whole group lesson where they are practicing sounds accompanied by movement.  Because each child is focused and engaged in their own learning, they will have natural security where no one is focused directly on them, and they will not be focused on others.  




This fosters a safe learning environment that encourages risks because students are not singled out in their learning.  Teachers act as a scaffold for their students’ learning by demonstrating, practicing, and implementing these daily routines in their classroom. Since these routines are used in daily lessons to build an understanding of concepts, students are presented with multiple exposures to concepts as well as daily opportunities to practice previously learned skills.  By giving students multiple opportunities to practice previously taught concepts, you are giving them the chance to master these concepts.  Students are then able to construct knowledge by linking previous concepts to newly presented ones.  Students are actively engaged and focused on their learning in a PIM classroom, which fosters the security to take risks.