KPrep-Curiosity and Interest in New Things and Experiences

The ARISE Strategic Action Team of parents and partners created this page to share activities and information about kindergarten preparedness. Preparing for kindergarten starts long before the autumn a child enters a classroom for the first day of school. Everyday interactions with young children help develop their abilities and skills – and are a lot of fun too!

Each theme focuses on a different goal in the Alaska Developmental Profile (ADP). This assessment is based on the Alaska Early Learning Guidelines and is the measure ARISE tracks to see how prepared Alaska Native and Native American students are when they arrive at school for that exciting first day. Follow ARISE on Facebook for posts on each month’s topic.

Theme: Shows curiosity and interest in learning new things and having new experiences

From the time they are born, children are interested in the world around them. As babies, they explore with their eyes. As they grow, they are able to move around and figure out how things work. Curiosity drives their exploration. Learn more about how you can promote critical thinking skills and understanding by checking out these resources.

Kindergarten teachers are looking to see a new kindergarten student:

  • Engages in discussions and asks questions about new events and occurrences (e.g., “Why did this happen?”)
  • Looks for new information and wants to know more about personal interests
  • Uses familiar materials in new ways (e.g., materials from nature in an art project or for imaginative play)

Like ARISE on Facebook for more info and ideas. Each month a different partner posts about the month’s theme.


Countdown to Kindergarten – Fun learning activities for children age 3-5, + their adults. Each month, activities support the current theme!
11:00 AM
Countdown to Kindergarten @ Loussac Library. Bus route 25.
1:30 PM
Countdown to Kindergarten @ Muldoon Library. Bus routes 10, 20, 25, 30, 31.

Learning Links

Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s Curiosity

Curiosity and Wonder: Cue Into Children’s Inborn Motivation to Learn (PDF)

Curiosity: The Fuel of Development


This Month’s Activities

    More activities from Best Beginnings here! They’re searchable!

    Kindergarten Links

    State of Alaska Early Learning Guidelines (PDF)

    ARISE & Kindergarten

    ASD Enrollment

    Anchorage Public Library


    Funded in part by The CIRI Foundation

    An initiative of the ARISE kindergarten preparedness strategic action team (SAT). Members: Anchorage Public Library, Anchorage School District, ARISE, ARISE Parents, Best Beginnings, CITC/Child & Family Services Division, CITC/Early Head Start, RurAL CAP/Parents As Teachers (PAT), Southcentral Foundation, thread