How do I Create a Preschool Child's Report Card?

Updated February 16, 2017

Preschool report cards indicate the status of a child's progress on specific skills. Students in preschool do not receive grades. Instead, teachers indicate ability with words like: satisfactory, needs improvement or unsatisfactory. Preschool report cards have several purposes. They provide the teacher and school with a record for each child that helps them decide whether or not a child needs additional help. Parents rely on report cards to alert them to academic, emotional or behavioural issues that may become problematic. Teachers should use extreme care when creating and writing these documents to ensure the highest level of validity possible.

Keep it simple. Use a simple design and format. and have examples of progress reports that are easy to understand. The document should be thorough but not so in-depth that it becomes a three-page report. Aim for a one-page design.

Use the school's curriculum guide or educational standards to write checklists. These are usually written in simple sentence form or in short phrases like, "Recognizes numbers zero to 10," or "Writes first and last name." By each instructional objective leave room to check or mark the box that indicates their proficiency level. Parents will be able to see the skills that need improvement.

Make personal comments on the report card. You do not need to write a lengthy discourse. Parent-teacher conferences are more appropriate if there are several issues to be addressed. On a report card, write short comments that include the student's name like, "Sally has really improved over the last few weeks. Thanks for helping her at home." Parents appreciate this personal touch.

Leave space for parents to make comments. At the bottom of the report card, designate a few lines for parents' comments. They may want to request a conference or ask a general question. This is a good way to communicate with parents who work and may not be able to visit the school.

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Karen Hollowell has been teaching since 1994. She has taught English/literature and social studies in grades 7-12 and taught kindergarten for nine years. She currently teaches fourth grade reading/language and social studies. Hollowell earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Arts in elementary education from Alcorn State University.