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Ideas for teacher reports for preschool children

Updated November 21, 2016

Preschool teachers are responsible for creating progress reports for their students. As typical report cards are not suitable for such a young age, instructors often come up with alternative methods for reporting students' development and skills. Preschool reports likely also give a picture of the child's behaviour and temperament in the classroom. Use preschool reports to give parents an overview of how children are progressing.

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Daily Reports

Track progress by keeping daily reports. Daily reports, which contain general information on the day, will be the same for all the students. Include descriptions of the activities that took place, the meals eaten and the lessons taught. Child-specific information to add for parents includes any special notes regarding skills, language, behavioural issues, or questions for parents. By keeping copies of daily reports, you can put together an overall progress report for each child. Educators can track developmental issues over a period of time by discerning patterns in such reports.

Authentic Assessment

An authentic assessment relies not on developmental testing but on regular observation of a child's functioning and development. Authentic assessments, though time consuming, are ultimately one the best ways to compile information about a student. Observe students at play, in centres and while performing life skill tasks. Devote a special section of a notebook for taking regular notes on each student. In-class recordings of daily activities can help teachers observe student behaviour multiple times, each time with a different focus.

Word Brainstorm

Beside your list of students' names, write a series of adjectives to describe each child as a learner. Then, take your word lists and observe each child and note concrete examples to display the traits you've listed for her. For example, if Sarah has "tenacious" next to her name, explain how she helped her small group problem solve during a construction project.

Positive Focus

Don't put parents on the defensive or have them feeling concerned unnecessarily. Focus on positive traits, development and skills. Even if a child exhibits a problem area you want to draw attention to, offer parents another perspective and use positive descriptions. For instance, if a child gets caught up on small details in task completion, he might also be methodical and careful. A student who is easily distracted might also be enthusiastic or energetic.

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About the Author

Katlyn Joy has been a freelance writer since 1982. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a master's degree in writing. While in school she served as graduate assistant editor of "Drumvoices Revue" magazine.

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