30 Quick Report Card Comments for Phonics that Save You Time

Drafting report card comments for phonics requires noting how well learners differentiate various sounds.

Phonics instruction isn’t just for lower elementary, preschool, or second language learners. It’s an essential literacy element that’s important throughout elementary.

The English language can be quite confusing with all of its various vowel changes, multi-syllabic words, sight words, and unique spelling patterns.

When you’re ready to write your report card comments for phonics and need a little help crafting your words, this useful list of phrases comes in handy.

Note: For more great comments, see our collection of meaningful comments, written especially with the elementary teacher in mind.

Report Card Comment Descriptors

When using any of these phonics report card comments below, make more or less negative/positive by eliminating or adding a word or phrase.


  • …rarely…
  • …is progressing very well…
  • …not progressing well…
  • …has met grade level expectations in…
  • …meeting standards…
  • …seldom…
  • …struggling with…
  • …demonstrates difficulties with…
  • …has a hard time…
  • …excelling in…
  • …frequently…
  • …excels in the area of…
  • …needs improvement with…

Tips for Drafting Report Card Comments

Start positive.

I think It goes without saying that you should always begin and end your phonics report card comments on a good note.

Sometimes you’ll have a few challenging students that make it hard to find something positive to communicate, but every child has a strength, even if it’s not directly related to phonics.

When the actual learning objective is hard to express, consider focusing on progress and/or work habits.

Note progress.

Even if the student hasn’t yet met grade level expectations in phonics, highlight their progress.

  • Has the child memorized a significant number of new spelling patterns since last grading period?
  • Does he/she put forth good effort?

As long as the child is improving over time (and at a decent pace), note that as a win.


Revise and edit your phonics report card comments before sharing with parents. If time permits, have a colleague review them also.

Even when we think we’ve caught all errors, there’s usually at least one mistake that has gotten away.

Provide details.

Though these comments provide a framework for you in drafting your report card comments, “meatier” notes are almost always best.

Your comments will most likely include statements from other subject areas, and include with those thoughts something unique about the child. Let the parents see that you know their child well.

Additionally, if the child is struggling, say so. However, be specific. Give details to support why exactly he or she is struggling.

If you have documentation to support your notes (which you should), those will definitely come in handy during parent/teacher conference time.

Give next steps.

Above all, provide actionable next steps that parents can use immediately to help their child improve and move further along in mastering the learning objectives.

Furthermore, mention what you’re doing during class time to support the child in meeting grade level expectations. Helping the child succeed is a team effort.

Report Card Comments for Phonics

  • _______struggles to write multi-syllabic words.
  • _______commonly misspells sight words in writing.
  • _______always uses word families to decode unfamiliar words.
  • _______does a great job breaking up words by syllables.
  • I recommend that _______complete a phonics exercise for homework focusing on (insert any specific phonics skill) at least 2x per week.
  • _______realizes that cognates between English and Spanish are not always a match phonetically.
  • _______actively participates in interactive writing, and because of this, I have noticed a positive impact on her phonics proficiency.
  • On spelling tests, _______writes words correctly, but within context, he frequently misspells basic sight words.
  • _______strategically uses the word wall to assist with sight word recognition.
  • With word work centers, ______completes all phonics activities with high proficiency.
  • _______needs more reinforcement in pronouncing digraphs such as /ph/.
  • Since using Making Words activities, I have noticed an upward proficiency in ________spelling of commonly misspelled terms.
  • _______easily blends sounds appropriately.
  • _______habitually applies decoding skills when reading unfamiliar words.
  • Even after several small group sessions and 1 one 1 conferences, _______is have difficulty (insert any specific phonics skill).

More Phonics Report Card Comments

  • _______regularly puts forth maximum effort during phonics block.
  • _______always sounds out words correctly.
  • I suggest _______recite readers theater scripts as play in order to improve reading fluency of challenging words and phrases.
  • _______seldom recognizes rhyming words.
  • At times, ________applies Spanish phonic rules when reading English texts. This is hindering his reading comprehension a bit.
  • _______is having difficulties with (insert specific phonics skill).
  • Though ________reads basic sight words and two-syllable words with ease, pronouncing and spelling multi-syllabic words is a challenge for him.
  • When _______comes to word he doesn’t know when reading, he often looks to the teacher for assistance without first trying to sound out the word independently.
  • I am proud that _______reads basic sight words with ease. Let’s now have him practice regularly more challenging sight words such as chaos, though…(or any other challenging sight words).
  • When understanding breaks down, _______automatically looks for anchor chart to assist with clarification.
  • ______does a good job of applying phonics rules when reading but doesn’t stop to clarity when the pronunciation of the word doesn’t make sense (e.g wind, wind).
  • ______needs more practice writing and reading sight words plus multi-syllabic words within context.
  • ______takes risks by attempting to spell multi-syllabic words in her writing.

Phonics Report Card Comments Made Easy

These report card comments for phonics save you time and energy.

Before sharing with parents of your students, be sure to proofread, start positively, provide next details, give as much detail as needed, and highlight how well the child has progressed.