Early Language Exploration with KMPs
EARLY LANGUAGE EXPLORATION WITH KMPs
Start here with little ones! Best for two year olds > Third Grade
The development of phonemic awareness (the ability to hear and differentiate between the smallest sounds in our language) is critical to the long-term learning and mastery of reading and writing.
There are approximately 41 phonemes (distinct sounds) in the English language. PIM has a Kinesthetic Motion for each Phoneme (KMPs), as well as for various word endings and "chunks." They make learning more memorable, engaging, and fun for both students and teachers.
The KMPs are a simple yet powerful place to start developing literacy before entering Kindergarten. You want your child to be able to hear each sound (and show you with the motion) before ever working on matching a letter to a sound or writing letters.
The KMPs are embedded in our Handwriting Stories, on the Language Calendar, and in the Vowel House. Because we enable kids to focus on what they hear as a critical skill that helps with reading and writing, the KMPs are the foundation of Phonics in Motion.
Once writing work has begun, the KMPs are used extensively in tandem with phonics work throughout Second and Third Grades. For example, when teaching digraphs, there are distinct KMPs for /c/ and /ch/ which clarifies that c makes a different sound when teamed with "trouble maker h."
They are used simultaneously with children of many different ages and skill levels - they can be simplified or made more challenging - use them throughout the years with your child, or with a diverse group of students at the same time.
The KMPs are multi-sensory and are used naturally throughout your day. Imagine doing a simple motion for s when you are in the car at a stop sign. These are playful and powerful movements that turn little ones into investigators of sound; they LOVE them. They are not sign language, and are unlike motions in any other program. They actually deliver information about how our mouths produce each sound -- you can feel them! Like all PIM tools, the KMPs offer "another way in" to understanding and will be a tool that your learner(s) will have to lean on as they read and write on their own at home and in school.
In the words of a child, one first grader calls them "babies phonics." His baby sister loves watching him do the motions while he sings and reads with the KMPs, AND they break challenging spellings into easy baby steps. They're the best early foundation for phonics skills.
Phonics in Motion is an integrated program. The KMPs are used in every other component. They’re embedded in handwriting stories and used on the Language Calendar. They also live in the Vowel House. You'll bring words from poetry, the Language Calendar, and authentic language experiences to the Vowel House - it all connects! If you're interested in the entire system, our family value bundle includes this product and is the most cost-effective and comprehensive way to leverage PIM. Check it out here and save!
To keep prices as low as possible while making an effort to reach as many families as possible, PIM family products include a one-year subscription that can be renewed year after year.
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What do I get with this product?
Phonics in Motion will give you the tools and knowledge you need to help your kiddos have fun as they develop speech, reading, and writing skills.
Enjoy and have FUN!
In this Super Pack You’ll Get:
- All 26 Reading and Writing Monster™ Handwriting Story animations.
- A variety of Downloadable Monster Paper™ for handwriting practice.
- A variety of activities to keep your little one busy and learning (preschool to second grade).
- If you have children in different grades, you do not need to purchase two versions; we have included modifications for learning levels.