Comments for preschool-age learners' reports must be based on developmentally appropriate assessment and evaluation, according to the Utah Education Network. Comments should always be worded positively, such as, "Jane is developing the skill of verbally expressing her feelings."
Motivating comments are tailored to individual students and specify the student's strengths. When you have observed a student repeatedly performing developmentally appropriate tasks independently, you may write a comment such as, "Joey consistently puts on and buttons his own jacket." If, however, Joey still needs to develop this self-care skill, you can frame the comment as a request for parental help: "Please encourage Joey to put on and button his own jacket at home." Most motivating comments can be framed in a positive way to help both students and parents continue to develop the necessary skills for success.
Comments must be tailored not only to the development appropriate to a student's age, but also to the standards in effect in a pre-school's district or at a private pre-school. The report language should be accessible and can reflect whether or not a behavior or skill has been observed in the school setting. Motivational comments can also include what you, as a teacher, believe makes the child's character special: "Jane always makes her peers laugh with her jokes!" This encourages positive behaviors.