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Descriptive Words For Documentation, Observations and Reports

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As Educators, one of the main responsibilities is completing documentation for each child. Whether it will be completing an observation, writing a report or even communicating with parents everything needs to be written.

Sometimes we find ourselves being too repetitive when we write, so the following is a list of descriptive words that can be used while writing.

Nice

  • Enjoyable
  • Pleasurable
  • Courteous
  • Lovely
  • Likable
  • Pleasing
  • Gracious
  • Congenial
  • Cordial
  • Admirable
  • Considerate
  • Amiable
  • Charming
  • Kind
  • Neat
  • Delightful
  • Pleasant

Amazing

  • Astonishing
  • Astounding
  • Awesome
  • Fabulous
  • Fantastic
  • Incredible
  • Stupendous
  • Unbelievable
  • Wonderful
  • Unimaginable
  • Tremendous
  • Unexpected
  • Phenomenal
  • Spectacular
  • Stunning
  • Overwhelming
  • Remarkable
  • Breathtaking
  • Significant
  • Staggering
  • Brilliant
  • Extraordinary
  • Marvellous
  • Prodigious

Good

  • Excellent
  • Amazing
  • Wonderful
  • Pleasant
  • Marvellous
  • Exceptional
  • Fantastic
  • Super
  • Outstanding
  • Terrific
  • Splendid
  • Stupendous

Happy

  • Amused
  • Blissful
  • Bright
  • Charmed
  • Cheerful
  • Contented
  • Delighted
  • Eager
  • Ecstatic
  • Elated
  • Enthusiastic
  • Excited
  • Exultant
  • Glad
  • Gleeful
  • Hopeful
  • Joyful
  • Lively
  • Loving
  • Marvelous
  • Merry
  • Optimistic
  • Over the moon (informal)
  • Overjoyed
  • Pleased
  • Positive
  • Satisfied
  • Thrilled

Kind

  • Sympathetic
  • Good/large/warm-hearted
  • Generous
  • Amiable
  • Considerate
  • Gentle
  • Benign (formal)
  • Gracious
  • Benevolent
  • Kindhearted
  • Congenial
  • Compassionate
  • Caring
  • Friendly
  • Thoughtful
  • Nice
  • Good-natured
  • Attentive
  • Avuncular

Small

  • Tiny
  • Petite
  • Mini
  • Teeny-weeny
  • Pygmy (with animals)
  • Little
  • Slight
  • Minute
  • Skimpy
  • Miniature
  • Wee
  • Diminutive

Love

  • Admire
  • Adore
  • Appreciate
  • Cherish
  • Enjoy
  • Fancy
  • Dote on
  • Honour
  • Respect
  • Savour
  • Like

Funny

  • Amusing
  • Comical
  • Droll
  • Entertaining
  • Farcical
  • Gleeful
  • Good-humoured
  • Goofy
  • Hilarious
  • Humorous
  • Jocular
  • Laughable
  • Ludicrous
  • Nonsensical
  • Sidesplitting
  • Whimsical
  • Hysterical
  • Witty

Big

  • Towering
  • Huge
  • Large
  • Great
  • Gigantic
  • Immense
  • Colossal
  • Giant
  • Massive
  • Tremendous
  • Enormous
  • Mammoth
  • Hefty
  • Full

Make

  • Assemble
  • Brew
  • Build
  • Concoct
  • Construct
  • Create
  • Devise
  • Forge
  • Invent
  • Prepare

Ask

  • Beseech
  • Implore
  • Inquire
  • Petition
  • Query
  • Question
  • Solicit
  • Summon
  • Urge

Bring

  • Bear
  • Carry
  • Deliver
  • Fetch
  • Gather
  • Haul
  • Lug
  • Move
  • Tote
  • Transport
  • Usher

Choose

  • Adopt
  • Appoint
  • Cast
  • Designate
  • Determine
  • Elect
  • Extract
  • Name
  • Nominate
  • Pick
  • Select

Find

  • Ascertain
  • Acquire
  • Detect
  • Discover
  • Encounter
  • Locate
  • Obtain
  • Pinpoint
  • Procure
  • Spot
  • Unearth

Give

  • Administer
  • Allow
  • Award
  • Bequeath
  • Bestow
  • Dispense
  • Donate
  • Entrust
  • Grant
  • Remit

Important

  • Chief
  • Critical
  • Crucial
  • Essential
  • Fundamental
  • Meaningful
  • Momentous
  • Primary
  • Paramount
  • Significant
  • Vital

Really

  • Absolutely
  • Actually
  • Certainly
  • Extremely
  • Genuinely
  • Honestly
  • Positively
  • Precisely
  • Surely
  • Truly
  • Verily

See

  • Behold
  • Detect
  • Examine
  • Gape
  • Glimpse
  • Note
  • Observe
  • Recognize
  • Spot
  • View
  • Witness

Think

  • Assume
  • Deem
  • Feel
  • Foresee
  • Presume
  • Realize
  • Reckon
  • Sense
  • Surmise
  • Suspect

Very

  • Absolutely
  • Decidedly
  • Extremely
  • Exceedingly
  • Genuinely
  • Highly
  • Particularly
  • Tremendously
  • Truly
  • Uncommonly
  • Veritably

Fast

  • Accelerated
  • Active
  • Agile
  • Brisk
  • Nimble
  • Quick
  • Speedy
  • Swift

Interesting

  • Compelling
  • Engrossing
  • Fascinating
  • Striking
  • Intriguing
  • Engaging
  • Absorbing
  • Diverting
  • Amusing
  • Entertaining
  • Gripping
  • Enthralling
  • Riveting
  • Captivating

Afraid

  • Tense
  • Shaky
  • Panicky
  • Terrified
  • Frightened
  • Fearful
  • Scared
  • Shell-shocked
  • Horror
  • Horrified
  • Timid
  • Timid
  • Chicken out
  • Horror-struck

Attractive

  • Gorgeous
  • Good-looking
  • Beautiful
  • Cute
  • Lovely
  • Pretty
  • Alluring
  • Stunning
  • Handsome
  • Glamorous

For ideas on writing prompts and comments, when writing a report on a child, please read the following:  Writing Prompts and Phrases For Yearly Reports On Children

To write about a child's weakness, read the following: Turning Children's Weaknesses Into Strengths

Reference: 
Descriptive Words: A Huge List of Descriptive Adjectives, Verbs & Adverbs, ESL Forums, 26 March 2019

Last modified on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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