It seems that report card comments for penmanship are a rare phenomenon these days.

A significant number of schools no longer explicitly teach handwriting skills, and students are missing out on strengthening those fine motor skills.

If you’re one of the lucky ones teaching in a school with a formal handwriting curriculum…fantastic!

What isn’t so great, however, is report card comment time. If not managed well, that time frame can consume much of your time and become quite stressful.

To save you time and headache, take note of these handwriting report card comments, written especially with the elementary student in mind.

If you’ve got more comments to draft, get help using our vast collection of report card comments, written especially with the elementary teacher in mind.

Report Card Comment Qualifiers

To create a statement that shows more or less progression in the area of handwriting, simply add an appropriate descriptor such as the following…

  • progressing well in…
  • progressing below grade level in…
  • excels in…
  • frequently…
  • seldomly…
  • requires more help with…
  • would help to do less of…
  • meets grade-level expectations in…
  • often…
  • rarely…
  • usually…
  • always…
  • habitually…
  • lacks consistency with…
  • remains consistent with…

Tips for Drafting Handwriting Report Card Comments

Proofread your work.

Before delivering your handwriting report card comments to parents, review them once or twice to be sure your grammar and tone is professional. Another great option is to have a colleague revise and edit them, too.

Start and end on a positive note.

Even if the student has atrocious handwriting and doesn’t make much effort to do any better, it is a must to find a strength of that student.

  • Does he/she work well with peers?
  • Has there been a noticeable improvement in his/her work compared to the beginning of the school year?

Writing in a positive tone encourages progress and doesn’t contribute to putting parents in defense mode.

Provide next steps.

Especially for those handwriting report card comments that contain less-than-great progress messages, give next steps so that parents know exactly what they can do in order to help their child improve.

Also mention what you’re doing during class time to help the child. If parents are open, consider sharing with them online handwriting resources.

Report Card Comments for Penmanship

  • _______handwriting makes reading her writing quite difficult.
  • _______often rushes through her assignments, causing her to write letters with minimal attention given to proper form.
  • I recommend that _______practice her cursive handwriting strokes for at least 15 minutes each night.
  • ______makes a conscious effort to write neatly.
  • Frequently, ______handwriting is illegible.
  • ______is progressing well in strengthening her fine motor skills.
  • ______strong proficiency in fine motor skills contributes to his flawless handwriting.
  • Even after repeated scaffold instruction and redirection, ______refuses to make the effort in writing legibly.
  • ______always exhibits much pride in his handwriting; it’s consistently neat.
  • ______shows some difficulty gripping his pencil appropriately.
  • Very often, _______struggles to write within the lines.
  • ______made an easy transition from print to cursive writing within all subject areas.
  • Excessive erasure marks causes ______ handwriting to be smudgy and hard to read.
  • Poor fine motor skills impede writing performance for ______.
  • ______is in competition with his peers to finish assignments first. Consequently, his handwriting is messy and illegible.
  • It is often difficult to read ______handwriting. I recommend he continue to practice his handwriting strokes nightly.

More Report Card Comments for Handwriting

  • _______has beautiful penmanship.
  • When he focuses and takes his time, ______handwriting is very nice.
  • _______needs reinforcement in proper cursive writing strokes.
  • Since last semester, _____has had difficulty forming the cursive letters of …
  • _______erases too often, even when it’s not necessary. This makes her writing messy.
  • _______has unsatisfactory fine motor skills.
  • Though ______print is good, she could use more practice with cursive formations.
  • _______consistently prints within the appropriate lines.
  • With print and cursive handwriting standards, _______meets grade-level expectations.
  • _______showcases grade-appropriate penmanship on all submitted work.
  • seldomly forms legible letters.
  • _______handwriting is always clean and neat.
  • Due to continuous handwriting that is illegible, ______ cumulative grade in (insert any subject area) is dropping quickly because the work can’t be assessed accurately.
  • Each week, ______is increasingly finding his own cursive writing style and rhythm.
  • _______writes with too much space between letters.
  • With consistent practice, _______I have observed a noticeable difference in ______handwriting strokes.
  • _______always submits neat work.
  • During peer editing, others have a hard time reading ______handwriting, causing her to receive minimal value from the experience.

Penmanship Report Card Comments that Save Time

These comments save you time and headache. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Before sending your handwriting report card comments to guardians, be sure to proofread them thoroughly, provide actionable next steps, and highlight one or two positives, preferably at the beginning and end of the comment.

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