KPrep-Uses Receptive Language

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.

December 2017 theme: Uses receptive language

Receptive language skills provide one with the ability to understand or comprehend language that is heard or read. Beginning at birth, young children are very interested in the sounds and voices they hear. Children learn their parents’ voices and the patterns of the sounds of language spoken in the home. As parents speak and sing, children learn the sounds of that language. Learn how you can foster your child’s receptive language skills by checking out these resources.

Indicators kindergarten teachers are looking for with this goal:

  • Listens to others in group conversations and discussions
  • Responds to a request
  • Attends to book reading/story telling for at least five minutes
  • Understands prepositions in simple commands (e.g., put the bowl on the table)

Like ARISE on Facebook for more info and ideas. Together, members of the partnership are posting about each month’s theme.


Countdown to Kindergarten @ Loussac Library. Fun, interactive activities for children age 3-5.
Countdown to Kindergarten @ Muldoon Library. Fun, interactive activities for children age 3-5.
1/20/2018 Countdown to Kindergarten @ Loussac Library. Fun learning activities for 3-5 year olds + their adults. Bus route 25.
1/30/2018 Countdown to Kindergarten @ Muldoon Library. Fun learning activities for 3-5 year olds + their adults. Bus routes 10, 20, 25, 30, 31.

Learning Links

Language and Communication

Speech and Language Milestones

10 Ways to Promote Language and Communication Skills

About Receptive Communication


This Month’s Activities

    More activities 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