Report cards for kindergarten students often do not have the typical A B C D grading scale that older grades utilize for reporting progress in various subject areas. Part of the reasoning behind this is that students in kindergarten are still developing a lot of life skills including sharing, taking turns and making friends.
It is important to pay close attention to the kindergarten report card comments, even if all the marks show satisfactory or excellent progress.
How to Write a personalize Kindergarten report card comment
Comments for kindergarten report cards need to be accurate and personal. These comments give teachers and parents a chance to really understand what areas the child excels in and what areas are still weak. Here are some examples of impersonal comments followed by a more appropriate personalized report card comment:
Johnnie is a pleasure to have in class. This comment is positive, but tells the parent nothing concrete about Johnnie’s behavior. Praise should be specific whenever possible. A better comment would be: Johnnie is always willing to help out in the classroom.
Samantha continues to struggle with language arts. The idea here is to provide the parent with an area of weakness that Samantha needs to focus on. The problem is the parent has no idea what specific areas of language arts are problematic. A better comment would be: Samantha continues to have difficulty matching letter sounds to letter names. This gives parents a very specific skill that Samantha can work on at home.
Additional Sample Kindergarten Report Card Comments
Always replace the word student with the individual child’s name. Comments are given in both a positive and negative for examples.
Student follows classroom routines well. Student struggles to display appropriate behavior in class.
Student enjoys reading a variety of books. Student has difficulty remaining seated long enough to read a book.
Student does well taking turns. Student has difficulty waiting his/her turn during group games.
Student shares well with others. Student continues to play alone, preferring not to share toys.
Student can write his/her name independently. Student has difficulty writing his/her name without help.
Student listens to and follows directions well. Student has difficulty following a 2-step (3-step, 4-step, etc.) command.
Student always finishes a task well. Student often rushes through work.
How to Manage Negative Report Card Comments
Negative report card comments are important to a kindergarten report card because it provides the parent with specific areas where a child needs improvement. It is important for teachers to not leave a negative report card comment hanging out by itself, though. All negative comments should be paired with an action suggestion. For example:
Student shows little interest in books, reading a variety of books at home may help student become more interested in reading.
All negative comments should be paired with a positive comment whenever possible. While this may be difficult, it is important to help the parent learn to focus on praise and encouragement while at the same time not burying the difficult or troublesome issues at hand. Research by John Gottman explains the importance of having a ratio of five positive comments to every negative. While this may seem a bit extreme for a teacher providing report card comments, it is important to set an example for parents to find several positive things to say even when the child is struggling or has difficult-to-handle behavior in class.
In summary, kindergarten report card comments should be personal to the individual child. Comments should also be as specific as possible. Negative comments should be paired with both a positive comment and an action suggestion for parents.