Looking ahead

Being ready for what lies ahead is long part of indigenous Alaska cultures – think about preparing for the next season.

From October 2016 through September 2017, we’re focusing on sharing information and resources to support families in the year before kindergarten. There aren’t many ways to track how “good to go” kids are when they reach kindergarten, so we rely on the Alaska Developmental Profile (ADP), a State of Alaska assessment. The ADP is intended to be done by teachers observing their students over the first several weeks of school. They use a classroom recording form and many teachers in the Anchorage School District received updated training on its use in fall 2016.

The ADP is organized into learning domains that match the Alaska Early Learning Guidelines, and then has goals under each of those domains. Each month, ARISE kindergarten preparedness strategic action team (SAT) members are highlighting one of those goals.

October 2016       Strength and coordination of large motor muscles
Domain: Physical well-being, health and motor development

November 2016       Regulates their feelings and impulses
Domain: Social and Emotional Development

December 2016       Uses receptive language skills
Domain: Communication, language and literacy

January 2017       Shows curiosity and interest in learning new things and having new experiences
Domain: Approaches to Learning

February  2017        Sustains attention to task and persists when facing challenges
Domain: Approaches to Learning

March 2017       Uses expressive language skills
Domain: Communication, language and literacy

April 2017       Strength and coordination of small motor muscles
Domain: Physical well-being, health and motor development

May 2017       Demonstrates phonological awareness
Domain: Communication, language and literacy

June 2017       Sorts, classifies, and organizes objects
Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge

July 2017        Demonstrates print concepts, letters and symbols
Domain: Communication, language and literacy

August 2017       Demonstrates knowledge of numbers and counting
Domain: Cognition and General Knowledge

September 2017       Participates positively in group activities
Domain: Social and Emotional Development

 

 


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

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