abc123 Tennis
Merging Sports Activities with Math & Reading!
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Introducing
abc123 Tennis

Bringing FUN movement
activities for fundamental
reading and math to the tennis
court, playground or gym

boy writing on board

Improving
Math Skills

By promoting a
fun environment
through game play
and participation while merging
activity and learning

boy writing on board

Enhancing Reading
Appreciation

Helping improve vital language
skills through fun game play and
fundamental reading activities

gym class

PE Instructors

Bringing athletics and
academics together
through cooperative
game play

girl on tennis court

A New Way of Teaching
10 & Under Tennis

ABC123 Tennis uses age appropriate
equipment, including low compression
transitional balls, and for the first time
merges the game of tennis with
fundamental math and reading

abc123 Programs Combine the
Fundamentals of Math and Reading
with Fun Sports Activities

Think outside the box and bring fun movement activities for math and reading to the tennis court, playground or gym. abc123 Tennis combines athletic activity and academics through fun cooperative game play. Fun, exercise and learning are merged. Kids love it!

logo abc tennis The program includes access to the abc123 Tennis Instructor Community where coaches teachers and parents will have access to curriculum instruction guides that feature instruction on introducing the players, warming up, progressions for player improvement (developmental drills), games that reinforce the fundamentals of sport, math, and reading, and suggestions for a concluding cheer.

The program also uses a flexible lesson plan format so instructors can customize aspects of the program to fit with their students abilities.

Learning is through cooperative game play utilizing a set of 26 transition balls that are low compression and a bit larger then a traditional tennis ball. These specially created balls are marked with a letter on one side and corresponding number on the other side. Children select a marked ball to count, identify letters and numbers and associate letters with words while rolling, tossing, catching, bumping, hitting, running or bouncing the ball.

The abc123 Tennis program is a great addition to any physical education class, tennis instructional program, recreation program, or special needs program and can be used by teachers, coaches or parents. Merging tennis with learning and movement, abc123 will significantly improve children’s tennis, math and reading skills as well improve their physical health!

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Improving Math Skills

children doing mathEven with increased awareness over the past several years, educators have learned that children in the United States continue to lag behind other countries when it comes to math skills. If you ask kids why they do not like math, you will get the same answer, “because it is not FUN!” The trick to any good program is to make it FUN and keep kids engaged. Children need to be excited in their learning environment. This is the concept behind the abc123 program!!!

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Enhancing Reading Appreciation and Language Skills

children readingReading is an essential part of communication and Language skills are vital for children’s reading and writing development. The best ways to teach the alphabet and basic reading principles are through repetition and practice. The abc123 program makes the fundamentals available to children in a variety of fun, interesting and interactive ways.

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The Mind-Body Connection for Children

A child’s body communicates through a complex set of movements that children learn before they are born. It is well known that exercise improves circulation throughout the body, including the brain. Exercise also boosts metabolism, decreases stress and improves mood and attention, helping the brain perform better.

The part of the brain that processes movement is the same part of the brain that processes learning. The brain cells actually become more resilient and pliable, making them ready to link up. It is this linking up that allows children to retain new information. Studies on childhood learning have proven that physical activity is important to keeping our brains healthy and our minds sharp.

“Brain-compatible learning” weaves movement, math, reading, social skills and physical education together.

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Keeping Kids Active

Lack of physical activity was found to be the most significant factor in contributing to childhood obesity. It is no surprise that the amount of physical activity a child under the age of ten participates in is directly related to his/her body-weight and overall health.

There are many factors that contribute to the problem of obesity, including the amount of screen time children are spending on computers, iPods, iPads, cell phones and gaming systems. Another important change is in the educational system where physical education class time has been reduced for many school-age children.

abc123 was created to encourage kids to keep active and healthy; it helps fight obesity by offering a program that merges fun sports activities with fundamental math and reading skills.

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A New Way of Teaching Tennis Skills
for Kids 10 & Under

boy hitting tennis ball

The problem with typical tennis instruction is that over the years it has evolved into a tennis class or group lesson with young kids standing in line waiting for their turn to try and hit a ball over a net. This is a problem especially for young kids because they have very little patience for waiting and standing around to hit the ball because they become bored and are not engaged or having fun.

The USTA (United States Tennis Association), the governing body of tennis in the U.S., has recognized this problem and it has created a program for teaching kids 10 & Under. The USTA 10 & Under program uses age-appropriate racquets, lower compression balls and smaller courts and net sizes. All of these changes help kids to play and be able to hit the ball back and forth very quickly. The USTA and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move” campaign have also teamed up to encourage kids across the country to get active, try tennis and lead healthy lifestyles.

The abc123 Tennis program embraces this style of teaching and utilizes and enhances the program by adding math and reading components.

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Testimonials

“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
USPTA – USPTR

“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
USPTA
Tennis Director Tuckaway Country Club

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