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!

recent

6 Tips for Setting up a New Classroom

Are you switching classrooms or starting in a new school? I tried to think of my best tips for setting up a...

2019-20 Favorite #1: Establishing Math Routines and Expectations

As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog...

2019-20 Favorite #2: Teaching the Alphabet

As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog...

2019-20 Favorite #3: Authentic and Meaningful High-Frequency Word Practice

As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog...

2019-20 Favorite #4: Kindergarten Phonics 101

As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog...

Classroom Activities and Lessons

As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have the most popular blog post from 2019-20... drumroll please... Establishing Math Routines and...
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have #2 - Teaching the Alphabet! Learning the alphabet is one...
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have #3 - Authentic and Meaningful High-Frequency Word Practice! Since writing this blog post,...
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have #4 - Kindergarten Phonics 101! Phonics can be an overwhelming area...
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...