Dr. Terry Kindervater spent four decades teaching in preschools, elementary schools, and universities. She began her career as a teacher of the deaf, where she focused on delivering information about sound in kinesthetic ways. After moving to the mainstream, she realized that phonemic awareness was lacking there as well.
Long before today's extensive research on phonemic awareness was available, Terry realized that struggling students often had poor phonemic awareness and difficulty spelling. Yet, they resisted the one-size-fits-all, structured approach to literacy. From her training in deaf education, she knew teaching children needed to be sound-based, multi-sensory, interactive, engaging, and fun!
In response to the widely varying needs of children that she worked with for over forty years, paired with her genuine desire to make learning fun, Dr. Kindervater created and refined Phonics in Motion in her classroom throughout her career.