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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4 Simple Ways to Include Dramatic Play At Home

Dramatic play is a staple of the early childhood classroom and purposeful play. Dramatic play can easily be done at home, as...

5 Favorite Winter Activities

Not sure about you, but winter is my favorite time of year. I get so excited with the change of seasons and...

New Year, New Zoom Activities

If you have been remote teaching like me, you might be bored of the same zoom activities over and over again. Or,...

Reflecting on Teaching in 2020

This summer, I wrote about the crisis of education and how educators everywhere were feeling. I still can’t believe the number of...

Are children falling behind?

It’s all over the news and all over Facebook. It’s all I hear at parent-teacher conferences. “Our children are falling behind.” “We...

Holidays

Not sure about you, but winter is my favorite time of year. I get so excited with the change of seasons and seeing snow. My students love this time of year too. I try and capture their excitement by channeling it in their play...
Halloween is a holiday that many American children look forward to every year, and this year children might be experiencing a range of emotions about the upcoming holiday. They may be worried about what they can’t do (like some towns are not allowing trick...
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...
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...