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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Non-Fiction Reading

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...

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,...

Literacy

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....
As the start to the school year is fast approaching, I thought I would share my top 10 favorite back to school read alouds. This post contains amazon affiliate links for your shopping convenience. I earn a small (very small) commission each time someone...
High Frequency Words, Sight Words, Snap Words…. Whatever you call them, kids need to learn them! They are words that can’t be sounded out. Words that appear most frequently in their reading and their writing. Just like with my previous blog post on phonics,...
Phonics can be an overwhelming area of instruction for teachers – just one more thing to fit in during the busy day. But I have found ways to easily and successfully embed phonics into your every day whole group and small group activities.