KPrep-Uses Expressive Language Skills

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: Uses Expressive Language Skills

Early language skills are essential for children’s success in school and beyond. Expressive language skills provide one with the ability to express oneself using words, gestures, or facial expressions. When parents ask their children questions, respond to their vocalizations, and engage in other positive talk, children learn and use more words. Learn more about how you can foster your child’s expressive language skills by checking out these resources.

Indicators teachers are looking for when conducting the ADP assessment are:

  • Expresses an idea in more than one way (e.g., “I like salmon very much” and “Salmon is my favorite food.”)
  • Names several non-present objects using appropriate words (e.g., “We went on the boat and I saw a whale.”)
  • Correctly uses words to indicate understanding
  • Defines words, with assistance (e.g., “Firefighters put out fires.”)
  • Asks others for help

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


Countdown to Kindergarten flier – Fun activities for children age 3-5, and their parents or caregivers. Each month, activities support the current theme!
11:30AM and 1:30PM
Countdown to Kindergarten at Mt. View Library. On bus routes 20 and 21.
3/24/18, 7PM-8PM Anchorage School Board Candidates Forum hosted with AFACT at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Countdown to Kindergarten at Loussac Library. On bus route 25.

Learning Links

Language and Literacy Development in 3-5 Year Olds

PBS Child Development Tracker

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