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 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 on each month’s topic.


Theme: Participates positively in group activities

A child’s ability to participate positively in groups falls under the Social and Emotional Development domain in the Alaska Early Learning Guidelines. This category focuses on a child’s capacity to identify as a member of a group, their willingness to play in a group of other children, their awareness of who is absent from a routine group setting, and their use of play to explore and understand social roles. Indicators teachers look for when assessing students in this area are:

  • Willingness to join in on an on-going group activity with other children
  • Participation as a member of the audience as well as an active participant in group activities
  • Following simple rules in group activities
  • Inventing and setting up activities that include more than one child

For more information about positive participation in groups, check out the Learning Links
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Thursday, 7/20/2018, 1:00PM Countdown to Kindergarten @ Mt. View Library

Learning Links

Social Development in the Preschool Years

Six Stages of Play: How Young Children Develop Their Social Skills

Ages & Stages: Learning to Cooperate

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