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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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...

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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...
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...
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...
Explicitly teaching reading strategies is important when students are learning to read. I love using a PowerPoint to model for the whole class how I use a strategy to help me read and then give my students a chance to practice it as a...
I love using a book club with some of my students, but it could also be used as a whole class. Book clubs are a great way to practice different comprehension skills, as well as give students a chance to take leadership over their...
Wordless Books are great tools for all learners, but they especially benefit students who may be struggling with reading and writing. I love to use these books with students who are learning English (ELL students). These wordless books have so many benefits for students....
Learning the alphabet is one of the major concepts that all kindergarteners must learn. There are many different philosophies and styles on ways to teach the alphabet, so I thought I would share with you my ideas. A lot of these ideas are based...
Why Class Books? Class books are one of the best ways to engage students in meaningful writing and reading. Class books are made as a whole class and then left in the library for students to read over and over again....