Thursday, January 12, 2012

Skills Checklist

As a parent, I love to know what my child is working on in school.  Whenever I ask my 4 year old what she did at school today, she always says the same thing, "We played at recess and had snack."  I have to say, "Well, I heard that you read Tacky the Penguin today." before she'll remember that she did something else at school.   I started thinking that I'm sure my 1st graders aren't telling their parents all the skills they are working on at school either, so I created this skills checklist to send home each week.
I fill it in with 4 new skills for each week.  They may be something new that we are working on during the week or it may be something that I think every child in my class should know at this point in the year.  I have also put behavior or work study skills in the boxes as well.  After filling in the four skills, I type some tips for parents to help their child at the bottom of the form.  I print these off and circle how each child is doing at each skill.
Clear as mud, right?!
The picture above is an example of one that I have already typed up the skills and parent tips.  Here is a form for you to use.  It's free on TpT.  I couldn't get it to download correctly on Google Docs.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me. 


  1. This is great! I bet your student's parents really appreciate the feedback. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Terrific idea! I'm planning to work on a detailed expectation list for 2nd quarter report cards. Thanks for giving my brain a head start!


  3. What a FABULOUS idea! Thank you for sharing this!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  4. Thanks for sharing this...I know my parents would love this!

  5. What a great idea! I love it, I'm always looking for ways to improve my communication with the parents of my kiddos. :)
    Stories From Second

  6. I read your blog all the time and I have stolen an idea here and there because they are great! However they are often things I had not considered doing before I read your blog. I have been pondering how I wanted to set up more frequent progress reports without it being too time consuming for me or the parents for weeks now - this idea is perfect! Thank you for ending my internal debate!!


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