Brain Science Strongly Supports the Link of Movement to Learning
ABL provides students an opportunity to further develop skills of coordination and motor planning which also lends to improved academics. Each student in grades 1-3 will have ABL each Friday, in addition to two physical education classes during the week.
Activities may be from one of these programs:
- Bal-A-Vis-X - Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of Balance/Auditory/Vision eXercises, of varied complexity, all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. Exercises are done with sand-filled bags and racquetballs, sometimes while standing on a balance board. You can learn more about this program at http://www.bal-a-vis-x.com.
- S’cool Moves - S'cool Moves focuses on the behavior-learning connection. Deep pressure, heavy work, core postural strengthening, transition activities, theory, and linear presentation are behind the activities. You can learn more about S’cool Moves at http://www.schoolmoves.com.
- Action Based Learning (ABL) The concepts in the Action Based Learning™ Lab are based on the brain research that supports the link of movement and physical activity to increased academic performance. The Action Based Learning™ Lab targets the young developing brain ages 4-7 years. However, the Action Based Learning™ Lab benefits all students for remediation and enrichment. You can learn more about this program at http://abllab.com.
Brain science strongly supports the link of movement to learning. The brain and body’s movement and learning systems are interdependent and interactive. For example, motor development provides the framework that the brain uses to sequence the patterns needed for academic concepts. The body’s vestibular system controls balance and spatial awareness and facilitates the student’s ability to place words and letters on a page. When a student walks or crawls on the ABC Pathways mat in specific patterns, the brain’s ability to encode symbols is increased. The four visuals fields needed for eye tracking is strengthened. Proper development and remediation of these systems are critical to a child’s ability to learn.
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