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How to Write a Progress Report for a Montessori Nursery School

Updated November 21, 2016

Montessori schools are pre-elementary and kindergarten level schools that base their curriculum on how children learn. While traditional schools feature benchmarks of information relayed to the children, Montessori teachers focus on giving children a hands-on approach to learning on an academic, social and emotional level. Progress at a Montessori school can sometimes be hard to measure because it is not solely based on tests and homework. An analytical progress report is usually the best tool to gauge the student’s progress.

Title the document with the name of the school and the words "Progress Report." Beneath the title, write the child' full name, name of the teacher, the academic school year, height and weight of the student. Also note the date the report was written and the dates being covered in the report.

Create a rubric from which to base the progress. Feature a key on the document that outlines this rubric. Traditional report cards feature percentages or letter representations to indicate passing or failing. For a Montessori school, an example of a rubric might be more along the lines of good, very good, developing skills or needs help.

Break the information into individual sections. For example, some sections might be social skills, motor skills, listening skills, speaking skills or work habits. Within each section feature a table that lists different skills within each grouping. For example, under a section titled "Social Skills" you might feature information such as "shows respect for others," "has a good self image," or "shows confidence when faced with new tasks".

Beside each listed skill, indicate how the student is progressing in accordance with your rubric. For example, if the student performs very well in independent projects, note this beside that listed trait. If the student needs improvement with following directions, include this information here.

Add any personal notes to the parents or guardian of the child. Any information that cannot be easily contained in a table form will be much appreciated by the parents. For example you may note any individual occurrence in which the child struggled or, perhaps, a pattern of behaviour that causes distractions.

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Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.