KPrep-Demonstrates print concepts, letters and symbols

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 print concepts, letters and symbols

A child’s ability to demonstrate awareness of letters and symbols falls under the Communication, Language, and Literacy domain. This category focuses on a child’s capacity to make connections between letters and sounds, as well as their ability to identify frequently used words in print and in their environments. Indicators teachers look for when assessing students in this area are:

  • Demonstrates understanding that letters have a name and a sound
  • Makes many letter/sound matches
  • Identifies a letter for a given letter name, for most letters

For more ideas about how to develop the awareness and understanding of letters and symbols with young children, check out the Learning Links.

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Thursday, 7/20/2017, 1:30PM Countdown to Kindergarten @ Muldoon Library. Bus Routes 1, 3, 8, 13, 15, 75. Flier (PDF)
Saturday, 7/29/2017, 10AM-12PM ARISE KPrep learning activity event @ CITC in conference rooms 1 &2!

Learning Links

Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing

Reading and Writing Readiness

Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

This Month’s Activities


This activity encourages the development of sorting and classifying skills while…


This activity provides an opportunity for children to appreciate books and the written…


This activity encourages imagination and lots of giggling, which are two key components…


This name graph helps children build familiarity with letters while developing both…

    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