Large Motor Muscles – October

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 month we’ll focus 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.

October theme: Strength and coordination of large motor muscles

Through play, children gain control and coordination of large body movements. Parents can support their child’s motor development by providing their child with regular opportunities to move their bodies. Learn about how you can promote your child’s large motor development by checking out the resources and links below.

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Countdown to Kindergarten – Fun, interactive activities for children age 3-5. Mt. View Library.

Learning Links

Why Motor Skills Matter (PDF)

Understanding Physical Development in Preschoolers

Developmental Milestones


This Month’s Activities

    More activities here!

    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