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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Teaching Social Studies Mapping Standards

A major social studies standard for younger children is to understand maps and why we use them. Students are asked to explain the difference...

Expected and Unexpected Choices

A lot of kindergarten is learning what are the expected choices for school and what are some unexpected choices. Students learn this...

Planting Inquiry in Kindergarten

Planting is an important and reoccurring science unit in the younger grades. I prefer to take an inquiry approach to planting. I’ve...

Exploring and Understanding 3-D Shapes

In the fall, one of our first math units is all about 2-D shapes. But now that the year is moving along,...

Blends and Digraphs

Blends and digraphs are a very challenging concept for young readers and writers. It is not expected that students fully be able to...

Holidays

Valentine’s Day is a busy and exciting day in any classroom, but especially an early childhood classroom! There are so many fun things you can do with your students! I am going to show you what I love to do in my classroom –...
I have felt really nervous to write this blog post, because I know that I definitely do not have all the answers here, so I try and include lots of resources and articles from educators I trust and that I learn a lot from....
As I was preparing for my Winter Holidays Around the World unit, I came across many unique and interesting traditions for New Year’s! I decided that after my students come back to school, we would continue our “travels” to learn about a few traditions...
Don’t stress while you are on winter break! That’s your time to relax! I’ve got you covered with several tips that help me relax while I’m on winter vacation! No Regression over the Winter Break!
The week before winter vacation, many students are getting ready to celebrate holidays with families. Most of them are also getting very excited about the prospects of gifts or fun traditions, and they may be distracted in school. So, instead of pushing them to...
One of my favorite weeks all year is my Gingerbread Week. I love reading all the different versions – there are actually so many different versions I know I just touch the surface! The students absolutely love doing fun...
Are you looking for a way to combine some great learning with a fun fall activity? Pumpkin math is my favorite fall and Halloween activity. The children love observing their pumpkin, measuring their pumpkin, and scooping out the seeds and counting them (well… not...