Bringing athletics and
Physical education class (PE) requirements vary from state to state and classes are being reduced or cut across the country and at the same time, schools are spending additional time and money to raise test scores for math, reading and science.
Physical education assists and improves mental and emotional development in children as well as fighting the battle of obesity. Physical education classes help children learn how to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Increasing Learning Through Physical Activity
Studies show that kids learn faster and retain more when they are instructed in an easy, fun manner. Physical education, activity and movement will not reduce academic learning – it may actually increase it!
The abc123 Program is a sport instructional program; using a set of letter and number-marked balls and instructor guides to teach and help children improve their fundamentals of the sport as well as math and reading.
The concept of abc123 is to bring athletics and academics together through cooperative game play. Kids participate in a variety of fun and movement-based Introduction and Warm Up drills, fun and movement-based Progressions for Player Improvement (Developmental Drills) and fun and movement-based Games that incorporate both physical and educational skills.
Kids that are usually hesitant to participate in a sport activity are excited to join a group that requires math and reading skills that they have an interest in or excel at.
Patent-pending transition balls are marked with a letter and a corresponding number. Kids select a marked ball to count, identify letters and numbers, associate letters with words while rolling, tossing, catching, bumping, hitting, running or bouncing the ball. Because the environment is controlled, over-hitting, over-throwing and chasing balls are limited.
Fun leads to engagement, meaning, purpose and learning!
The abc123 Program includes instructor guides of more than 70 Progressions for Player Improvement (Developmental Drills) and more than 100 energetic movement Games. In addition to an outline and a curriculum for teaching tennis, reading and math skills are included.
Flexible lesson plans are used for each skill session so Instructors can adjust plans based on ability, skill and improvement.
The Tennis Progressions start with teaching rolling and catching skills, using a ball and racquet, tennis Forehand/Backhand Bump, Forehand/Backhand Volley, Underhand/Overhand Serve and Forehand/Backhand Groundstroke.
Just like other sports – adjustments have been made for age, size and skill. Tennis now uses age-appropriate racquets, lower compression (transition) tennis balls, net height and court size. So, many drills and games can be set up using a ball, line, designated area, rope or caution tape.
Special ball games (no tennis racquest required) designed specifically for Physical Education are also included in the abc123 intructor guides. All games are easily converted to abc123 along with distance, bounce, speed, and power as well as adjusting math and reading applications. Special needs teachers find the balls very useful when working on repetitive skills for movement, language or math basics.