KPrep – Participates positively in group activities

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.

September theme: Participates positively in group activities

A child’s ability to participate positively in group activities falls under the Social and Emotional Development domain in the Alaska Early Learning Guidelines and the ADP. This category focuses on a child’s developing a sense of what it means to be part of a group, and how to interact in group settings. Indicators teachers look for when assessing students in this area are:

  • Follows simple rules of participation in group activities
  • Participates cooperatively in large and small group activities
  • Invents and/or sets up activities that include more than one child
  • Is sometimes part of the audience, as well as an active participant in group events

For more about the social and emotional development of young children, check out the Learning Links.
Like ARISE on Facebook for more info and ideas.


Thursday, 9/28/2017, 1:30PM Countdown to Kindergarten @ Muldoon Library. 1251 Muldoon Road #158. Bus routes 1,3, 8, 13, 15, 75

Learning Links

What Do We Know About: Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood? – by the Urban Child Institute

Supporting Social Development – by Best Beginnings

Supporting Children’s Development: 3-5 year olds – Social Development by Institute for Child Development & Family Relations

Developing Social Emotional Skills – by Zero to Three

This Month’s Activities


Parents can teach children responsibility by having them help with simple tasks around…


Group projects lend themselves to providing young children with the opportunity to…


Children need the opportunity to work out conflicts that come up in everyday play…


This activity provides “hands-on” experience of the concept of sharing.


Young children feel great pride in even the smallest accomplishments. It is important…


This activity fosters sharing and discussion as children talk about their drawings…


This activity encourages children to express how they are feeling using their hands…

    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