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Merging Sports Instruction with Math & Reading!

The Positive Effect of
Physical Activity on Learning


The Importance of Movement and Physical Activity

outside lessonIt is has been universally accepted that sports and physical activity have a positive impact on children’s physical and mental health. But over the past few years studies have proven that sports and other forms of physical activity improve memory, cognitive functioning, and academic achievement for children of all ages, proving that brain activity and brain development are enhanced by physical exercise.


Physical Education Classes Are On The Chopping Block

It was not very long ago that kids had a physical education class every single day…but now in most schools that has been reduced to once per week, sometimes every other week, or eliminated altogether. This forces children to go through an entire week with little or no vigorous physical activity and this impacts learning.


The Relationship Between Activity & Learning

girl reading bookStudies conducted in the United States and Internationally have uncovered an important relationship between a child’s participation in physical activity and academic achievement.

The studies have uncovered these important relationships:

  • Higher Math Scores: A two-year physical activity intervention led to significant improvement in children’s math scores.
  • Increasing Overall Academic Achievement: The academic achievement of children who received extra physical education was significantly higher than a group that did not!
  • Improving Reading Comprehension: Reading comprehension greatly improved following a 20-minute aerobic activity or sport.
  • Higher Test Scores: Children performing rigorous activity in or out of school had higher test scores.
  • Higher Grade Point Average:  Children that were involved in an organized sport or exercised on a daily basis had significantly higher grade point averages.


Move to Learn

boys with sports ballsThere is now clear evidence that physical activity greatly enhances children’s cognitive functioning, memory, concentration and overall focus. Studies have shown that:

  • Physical activity improves concentration and attention span.
  • Physical activity improves classroom behavior.
  • Movement and activity improves mental health and self-esteem.
  • On-task behavior is greatly improved with activity.
  • Learning while performing a physical activity raised test scores.


It’s Time to Integrate Physical Activity
Throughout the Curriculum

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education issued physical guidelines suggesting that children should have an accumulation of more than 60 minutes, and up to several hours of rigorous physical activity on a daily basis.


abc123 Merges Fun, Activity and Learning

abc123 logoabc123 Instructional Programs bring athletics and academics together. Children learn by cooperative play and they participate in a variety of fun movement-based progressions for player improvement (developmental drills) and fun movement-based games that incorporate both physical and educational skills.

Fun, Exercise and Learning are Merged … Kids Love It!


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“I have used the ABC letter balls to help with letter identification, letter sounds and spelling first names in my Physical Education classes.  They are light weight and perfect for 3-6 years old to throw around the gym.  I would highly recommend purchasing them for your PE curriculum to help reinforce reading in the gym setting.”

Roxie Williams/Physical Education Teacher
Hmong International Academy
Minneapolis Public Schools

“The abc123 balls are a great added addition to any Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) program for students of varying abilities. They enhance active learning with added academic emphasis to include Math and reading skills. The abc123 balls can be used in so many ways to engage kids in fun and simple learning while they move and improve eye-hand coordination. I recommend the abc123 balls for physical education programs, special education programs and for students that want to learn in an active way! They are great!”

Bonnie Moren
Adapted Physical Education teacher

“I am using the abc123 Tennis format for our young tennis players. The system really works and keeps the kids interested throughout their group lessons. The kids continue to learn and improve their math, spelling, and reading skills by way of using the abc123 Tennis. Learning while playing tennis! What a wonderful concept!”

Raman Jayapathy

“abc123 is an amazing program! It should be used by any organization working with children and the development of their academic and athletic skills. The program is built with fantastic progressions that allow an instructor to work with very diverse groups of kids exhibiting wide ranges of academic and athletic skill levels. The cooperative design of the drills, games and lessons encourages and helps build very valuable leadership skills that are rarely addressed in other programs. Kids of all academic and athletic abilities are easily engaged. The kids are challenged with physical activity and at the same time practice their literacy and math skills. This is simply a BRILLIANT program!”

Marc Miller
Former Executive Director, Saint Paul Urban Tennis
Former Director of Player Development – USTA Northern

“The Players love it!, the Parents love it! And the Insructors love it!”

“ABC 123 is a fun program that combines academic and athletic skills taught to 10 and under players of all abilities enjoy. The skills games and progressions make it easy for the instructors to plan and improvise their lessons if needed. The parents are all for it - academic skills combined with tennis skills, what a plus!”

Peggy Niccolai
Tennis Director Tuckaway Country Club

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