KPrep-Demonstrates phonological awareness

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 phonological awareness

An important component of kindergarten preparedness is for children to have sound and word awareness and listening skills, also known as phonological awareness. There are fun activities parents naturally engage in with children that develop phonological awareness that include: singing nursery rhymes, singing hand motion songs and repetitive sound games like tongue twisters! Children who have phonological awareness can identify objects in a picture that have the same beginning sound, can identify the letter a word starts with based on the sound, and can break a simple word into individual sounds.

Like ARISE on Facebook for more info and ideas. Together, members of the partnership are posting about each month’s theme.


Countdown to Kindergarten events feature fun activities for children age 3-5, and their parents or caregivers. Each month, activities support the current theme!
Saturday, 5/19/2018,
Countdown to Kindergarten @ Loussac Library’s Reading Rendezvous. Bus route 25.
Wednesday, 5/30/2018,
11am-1pm, 3pm-5pm
Countdown to Kindergarten @ Muldoon Library. Two sessions! Bus routes 10, 20, 25, 30, 31.

Learning Links

Development of Phonological Skills

Listening Practice

Phonological Awareness vs. Phonemic Awareness

This Month’s Activities


Name Game


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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