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Lisa Miller

Bear Tavern Elementary School

609-737-4005 Ext. 5214 

Twitter:  @lisamil49229674 


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My Twitter account name was switched.  So sorry--for some reason I was issued a new name:  @lisamil49229674 







PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK IN WITH YOUR CHILD ON THEIR LETTER IDENTIFICATION AND SOUNDS.  In order to further their fluency in reading, they should be able to identify both with speed and accuracy.  At this point, it needs to be automatic as they practice each letter.  




We continue to work hard to make "number pairs" and are practicing larger numbers--moving into the teens.    This is a tough concept for Kindergarteners but we're getting there.  


So far, "Traveling Ted" has been to Marco Island, Florida (with Ms. Carson).  We received pictures of him in the sand and shells. 

Next stop, Ted arrived in Millbrook, New York.  There, we find him on horseback, as this is very different from NYC and is mountainous and rural.  

He has now been to both Minnesota, where there are harsh temperatures and ice fishing is popular in their famous lakes then Michigan, where they also use the lakes as a beach, since there are no oceans to enjoy.  

Ted has recently moved to Wyoming, showing the Grand Teton mountains and National Park. He continues to move west. 

 He has recently been dropped off at San Diego, California and as of late, Alaska!  Here we have a picture of Ted on a medical helicopter flying through mountains, after dropping a patient off at the hospital.  We talked about how air transportation is necessary in Alaska because of its vast open space and lack of important buildings easily and quickly accessible by car.


 We will be continuing to work on strategies: 

  • decoding skills (first sound, end sound, go back to begin word and slowly stretch out the word with each sound heard),  We have center rotations every day in order to practice decoding.  I have incorporated games into the centers as well.  Ask your child about it:  Sparkle, Fiddle Sticks, Find the sight word, etc.
  • Does the word/sentence make sense?, Does it match the picture?

It is helpful to continue reviewing sounds and sight words and be able to recite those sight words and sounds with speed and accuracy.  

 Ask:  What sound does the word "find" begin with?  End with?  Do you hear any other sounds?  Let's try writing it with the sounds we hear, etc.  


Fundations and Phonological Awareness:  We continue to practice:  


Tapping out words, hearing parts of those words, being able to write words, replace beginning, end, or middle sounds to form new words, etc.




Writing: We continue to work on an  "Expert" piece.  To begin, we have been talking about Nonfiction text features both in reading and writing.  Our first piece will be about "Recess".  We'll work on that together and have come up with Subtitles.  Once we begin to write to include each subtitle we will then work on our Table of Contents, a text feature that will help us locate information. 







Mystery Readers!  Thank you for signing up.  Your children were so excited!


"Your Children as Readers":

I have begun to assign dates for your children to read to the class.  I told them to choose a book from home, if they would like, and can read independently. 

OR they can choose one of the booklets from their bins in school that they are familiar with and have already taken home.  These are used for extra practice, so they will be able to read easily. 


Here are the dates, if you'd like to practice at home as well, to prepare them:

April:  24 Dominic, 25 Nora, 26 Eleanor, 27 Max

May:   1 Reese,  2 Trevor,  3 Grayson,  4 Jackson,  8 Gavin,  9 James,  10 Cora, 11 Grace

          15  Tyler,  16 Sonia,  17 Tori,  18 Cooper,  21 Albert,   22 Henry,  23 Seb












Just a few kind reminders to help make our class flow smoothly:

*Please remember to put your child's first and last name, the date, and my name, on any notes that come to school. 

*Separate your child's snack, with their name, from their lunch.  (I place the snacks in a separate container so it is quicker to access their snacks.)

*Please check their folder every day and empty the side "keep at home".


Thank you again for all of your help!!!!


Here's is the class video that I showed at Back to School night:




Here is a list of this year's "specials":

Monday:          Art

Tuesday:         Music/PE  (Be sure to wear sneakers!)

Wednesday:    Social Skills/Spanish

Thursday:       Media

Friday:            PE/Music  (Be sure to wear sneakers!)


As always, thank you for your support!  





**Don’t forget to scroll down for the school supply list for kindergarten!


Supply List


  • 1 box of Crayola colored pencils (traditional not twistable)

  • Fiskars “Blunt Tip” Scissors

  • 1 box of Crayola twistable crayons

  • 4 glue sticks

  • 2 dry erase, low-odor fine tip black markers

  • 1-two pocket see through plastic folder (pockets located at the bottom of the folder…please)

  • 1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags

  • 1 container of Wet Ones or bottle of sanitizer

  • Headphones in a labeled Ziplock bag to use in computer lab and with iPads. (You can find them at the Dollar Store.)  Please no ear buds.









When we learn new letters, it is helpful for you to practice with them as much as possible.  

(Ie:  Name something that begins with the letter "b", or what letter does the word "boy" begin with?  What letter does the sound /b/ make?)

In addition to these new letters, we will be practicing the proper way to hold their pencil and use the lines to guide them properly in writing these letters.  At this point, they will only be writing lower case letters, EXCEPT for the first letter in their name.

 *Please encourage your child to use an uppercase letter for the first letter ONLY and then lower case for the remainer of their name.  


All library books are due back on their library day, so they can check out a new one!  (The schedule will be coming out soon.)


P.S. For safety reasons, if you are picking up your child at the end of the day, you will need to enter the main entrance so you can be checked in.  The other front door will be locked.