Large Motor Muscles

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! The ARISE Strategic Action Team of parents and partners created this page to share activities and information about kindergarten preparedness.

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 about these topics.


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.

The things teachers are supposed to be looking for when conducting the ADP assessment include:

  • Runs with an even gait and with few falls
  • Maintains balance while bending, twisting, or stretching
  • Moves body into position to catch a ball, then throws the ball in the right direction
  • Kicks large ball to a given point with some accuracy
  • Able to alternate weight and feet while skipping or using stairs

Learn about how you can promote your child’s large motor development by checking out the resources and links on this page.

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Countdown to Kindergarten – Fun, interactive activities for children age 3-5. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St., Bus routes 2, 36, 60, 75, 102
10/11/2017 1:30PM Countdown to Kindergarten. Mt. View Library, 120 Bragaw St., Bus route 45.

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