Kindergarten Cafe

Welcome to Kindergarten Cafe - your home for teaching ideas, activities, and strategies across all content areas! I am Zeba McGibbon and I love creating resources for teachers and sharing my teaching experience with others. Kindergarten Cafe is aimed for kindergarten, but teachers of Preschool-First grade can find resources here for their students! I love to connect with other teachers so please reach out and say hello!

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Misconceptions of Early Childhood Educators

Whenever I tell people I am an early childhood educator, I get one of 3 responses every single time. 1) "That’s cute!"...

Reflecting for Next Year

It is important for teachers to reflect – and they do reflect every single day. I know I am constantly reflecting after...

Will Distance Learning Change The Field Of Education?

More than ever, society is realizing just how valuable the teacher can be. There have been thousands of...

A Distant End of the Year

This is certainly not how I expected the year to end… I think we are all feeling sad, even grieving, wishing we...

Place Value Activities

Place value is such a critical understanding for young mathematicians – it is a basic building block for future math problems. Place...

Classroom Activities and Lessons

This is certainly not how I expected the year to end… I think we are all feeling sad, even grieving, wishing we had closure for the end of the school year. You spend all year (for us this year it was 117 days of...
Place value is such a critical understanding for young mathematicians – it is a basic building block for future math problems. Place value can be very challenging for young children because it is so abstract. As teachers we need to find ways to help...
The most important part of any science unit is not the experiments or activities or teaching… but rather the questions that the teacher asks. So what should we be asking and when should we use ask them? Why questions?
Earth Day is coming up! I have to be honest – growing up I never cared about Earth Day. I want my students to feel differently about this important holiday. The activity ideas in this post come from my Earth Day product on Teachers...
Teaching non-fiction reading is a key literacy skill in the younger grades. Students need to understand that there are different kinds of books and that some books are teaching books. Children should be exposed to non-fiction books, and most likely already are, long before explicitly teaching non-fiction reading...
A major social studies standard for younger children is to understand maps and why we use them. Students are asked to explain the difference between maps and globes. Students are also expected to identify, with support, their town and their school. Also, students should be able to...
Planting is an important and reoccurring science unit in the younger grades. I prefer to take an inquiry approach to planting. I’ve already outlined my planting unit, but I want to go into more detail about the key experiment in this unit, available in...
In the fall, one of our first math units is all about 2-D shapes. But now that the year is moving along, my students are ready for a deep dive into 3-D shapes. I love helping them to investigate the 3D shapes and their...
Blends and digraphs are a very challenging concept for young readers and writers. It is not expected that students fully be able to read and write these sounds until second grade, however kindergarteners and first grade students should be exposed to these sounds, in order to progress...
Number relations is a huge understanding for kindergarteners – they need to know how the numbers fit together. They need to know what number will come next or what number came first, without having to count all the way to that number to figure it out. They...