Action Based Learning Labs are designed to prepare the brain for learning. Each active learning station in the lab, applies what we know about the brain body connection by focusing on the 12 foundations of Learning Readiness. For example, the body’s vestibular system controls balance and spatial awareness. Strengthening these foundations facilitates the students ability to place words and letters on a page. When a student walks or crawls in specific patterns, the brain’s ability to encode symbols is increased. Proper development and remediation of these systems are critical to a childs’ ability to learn.
ABL equipment comes with formal training and classroom certifications for schools and after school learning centers. ABL lab packages are customized to fit individual needs, budget, and space. All ABL labs include stations to target all 12 foundations of learning readiness.
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PreK-2nd Complete ABL Lab Package
Please note labs are customized and based on the needs of the school. KEep in mind, a Lab can be built slowly over time. We often work with schools who begin with little to no budget, providing planning and support, as well as assistance in grants and funding.
What is the purpose of the lab?
To prepare the brain for learning!
Brain science strongly supports the link between movement and learning. The brain and body's movement and learning systems are interdependent and interactive. For example, the body's vestibular system controls balance and spatial awareness, and facilitates the student's ability to place words on a page! The body's motor, balance, and vestibular systems must be developed properly in order for the brain to have the mechanisms necessary to process information. If a child skipped crawling, for example, the brain may have missed a step in developing and/or practicing processing information. If the child is given the opportunity to practice and rewire those systems, then the brain is able to develop the foundations necessary for learning readiness. The movement activities in the Action Based Learning Lab are specifically designed to develop and strengthen the necessary components to prepare the young brain for learning!
Is the ABL lab sold in a package or by individual stations?
Both! Many schools opt for the entire lab package, which includes staff training, lab manuals, support materials, activity guides, as well as all of the stations necessary to focus on the 12 Foundations of Learning Readiness. However, not all schools will have the resources to implement a complete lab package immediately. Action Based Learning Labs can be customized to fit the specific needs of the school. The first (and highly recommended) step is to attend an Action Based Learning training. Trainings provide an in depth understanding of ABL, the brain research behind the 12 foundations of learning readiness, and allow educators to leave with a vision of what ABL looks like in the school setting!
Who runs the lab?
Typically, classes are scheduled 2-5 times a week for 20-30 minute lab sessions. The lab may be facilitated by the individual teacher during the scheduled time. Ideally, the school designates a lab coordinator to facilitate the ABL lab. Many times, the physical educator or health and wellness coordinator takes the initiative to lead ABL within their own school and/or districtwide.
Recommended to include in PreK-2nd Lab:
(1) ABL Numeracy Noggin Wall Mount (1) ABL Letter Learning Wall Mount (1) ABL Keyboard Mat (1) ABL Platform Steps (1) 807 Veggies Boxes (1) 838 Add-On Incline Crawl Ladder for Veggie Boxes (1) Whaler Sensory Board (1) Green Rockin' Turtle Shell (1) Telephone Math Mat (1) ABL Ladder package w/cards (5) Balance Boards (1) ABL Roll & Crawl Mat Package (1) 833 ABL Balance Rope (1) 809 Balance Beam (1) Elle-Fun Eye Tracker w/ring toss and bean bags (1) Monkey See Eye Tracker w/ring toss and bean bags (1) Rainbow River Stone Set (1) Helicopter Spin (1) Frog Hop Number Line (1) Geo Color Hop Mat (1) High Five Jungle Cross-Lateralization Wall Mount (1) Yoga for Kids Poster (1) Animal Round-Up Poster (1) 503 Tactile Stepping Pathway (4pcs) (1) BBA Graphics Package (1) Cross Lateralization Station w/ Set of 4 Over-Under Bars (1) 886 ABC Pathways Mat w/teacher & student cards (1) ABL Eye Tracking & Balance Surfboard (1) SS165 Super Small Swim N Spin