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
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.