KPrep – Demonstrates Knowledge of Numbers and Counting

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: Demonstrates knowledge of numbers and counting

A child’s ability to demonstrate knowledge of numbers and counting falls under the Cognition and General Knowledge domain in the Alaska Early Learning Guidelines and the ADP. This category focuses on a child’s understanding of, and capacity to use, numbers and counting. Indicators teachers look for when assessing students in this area are:

  • Counts to 10 from memory
  • Understands that when counting a set of items, each item must be counted only once and none should be left out
  • Uses math manipulatives (e.g., games, toys, and coins) in counting activities
  • Uses basic numbers and counting operations (e.g., “I gave Chua one of my blocks. Now she has two blocks.”)

For more ideas about how to develop the awareness and understanding of numbers and counting with young children, check out the Learning Links.
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Countdown to Kindergarten is fun, learning activities for children age 3-5, and their adults. Kits are created and shared by the Anchorage School District and events held at local libraries. Here’s this month’s flyer.
Friday, 2/2/2018, 1:30PM Countdown to Kindergarten at Mt. View Library. Bus routes 20, 21.
Saturday, 2/24/2018 , 11AM Countdown to Kindergarten at Muldoon Library. Bus routes 10, 20, 25, 30, 31.

Learning Links

Counting Ideas and Inspiration from the Erikson Early Math Collaborative


This Month’s Activities


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    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