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Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

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Grace Pisano

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Comments are important pieces of report cards that help to explain student performance. In this lesson, you will learn about strategies to help you construct meaningful kindergarten report card comments for parents.

The Kindergarten Experience

For kindergarten students, everything is new: the classroom, the school building, and even the playground. Teachers of these young children spend a good amount of time helping them to adjust. They should also consider the adjustment the parents of these children are experiencing. New academic languages, skills, and strategies are coming at them all at once. Educators can ease parents' transitions into the world of report cards by creating user-friendly comments to help guide their understanding.

Structuring Report Card Comments

parents reading reportcard

The comments section of a kindergarten report card is perhaps the most important to a parent. This section gives teachers a chance to elaborate on student performance and helps parents understand grading criteria. Kindergarten report card comments should reflect the uniqueness of the individual child.

Teachers can use the structure know as PEGS:

  • Positive
  • Evidence
  • Goals
  • and Support

What educator doesn't love an acronym? Let's take a closer look at how each of these is used within report card comments.

Comments should start off with a positive statement. A teacher can let parents know how much they enjoy a specific aspect of their child or how much their little one has learned and grown. This is an opportunity to demonstrate how well teachers know their students and how much they care for them during the day. Some possible sentence starters include:

  • Henry has worked so hard this quarter on being a great friend to the new student.
  • Henry has been wonderful to get to know. I love his easy smile and calm demeanor.
  • Henry takes great pride in his work. I enjoy watching him craft careful answers.
  • Henry has a fantastic sense of humor and keeps us smiling throughout the day.

kindergarten students

The goal in this section is to highlight the uniqueness of each child. Educators should stay away from general comments such as:

It's been great to get to know him.

Or

I've enjoyed having him.

They can make them more personal by using the child's name.

The next component of PEGS involves showing evidence, or supporting information about the grades a child receives. This is the section parents will look at in order to understand why certain grades were given. Teachers should be thoughtful, honest, and focus on actions that show how the child did in relation to the standards.

When constructing comments relating to work habits or behavior, teachers should lead with verbs:

  • He shows kindness and grace when working in groups.
  • He demonstrates the ability to make good choices.
  • He focuses his attention correctly and appropriately.
  • He stays on task and is self-motivated.
  • He follows directions and shows good listening skills.

For academic comments, teachers should focus on the child's level of accomplishment of standards:

  • He can identify the attributes of most two- and three-dimensional objects.
  • Henry is able to identify 19 out of 20 sight words.
  • He adds single digits with 80% accuracy.
  • Henry identifies all seven continents on a map.
  • He uses punctuation, grammar, and spelling on grade level 90% of the time.

For both types of comments, the goal is to relay accurate, specific information in a neutral, objective way. Parents will want to know how and why their child received each grade, and this is an opportunity to explain. Teachers should keep record books close by to be as accurate as possible. They should prepare to explain certain words, as parents of kindergarten students may be new to some academic jargon included within report card standards.

Next, teachers should look ahead by setting goals to move beyond the current quarter or grade level. They can identify what the child is most in need of, and suggest at least one specific objective to work on.

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Writing and Reviewing Kindergarten Report Card Comments

For this activity, teachers will have the opportunity to write and evaluate report card comments. This is designed to be done in a professional development setting.

After reviewing the information in the lesson, teachers will write a sample comment using the PEGS structure. The subject of their comment may vary—they could make it about a student they have in mind, their own child, or even a fellow teacher! For the purpose of this activity, the teachers should make it clear which element of PEGS they are writing about in the comment. This could be done by breaking the comment into four section and labeling each with the appropriate letter (P, E, G or S).

After spending time writing a thoughtful reflection, the teachers will trade with another partner. They will review their partner's PEGS comment and give feedback. For fun, you could even have them write out the feedback using the PEGS formula!

After this, come together as a group to discuss and share what everyone has learned and how it will influence the way they write comments going forward.

If teachers are uncomfortable sharing their work with another, have them write their own practice comments. Then, have a few examples of comments ready to share. Some of the comments should be perfect and others should need some work. Ask teachers to evaluate each of the comments and see what needs to be improved. This gets to the same goal of better understanding PEGS, it simply uses a different method.

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