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:
For more about the social and emotional development of young children, check out the 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…
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…
More activities from Best Beginnings here! They’re searchable!
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