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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Misconceptions of Early Childhood Educators

Whenever I tell people I am an early childhood educator, I get one of 3 responses every single time. 1) "That’s cute!"...

Reflecting for Next Year

It is important for teachers to reflect – and they do reflect every single day. I know I am constantly reflecting after...

Will Distance Learning Change The Field Of Education?

More than ever, society is realizing just how valuable the teacher can be. There have been thousands of...

A Distant End of the Year

This is certainly not how I expected the year to end… I think we are all feeling sad, even grieving, wishing we...

Place Value Activities

Place value is such a critical understanding for young mathematicians – it is a basic building block for future math problems. Place...

Science

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...
Planting is an important and reoccurring science unit in the younger grades. I prefer to take an inquiry approach to planting. I’ve already outlined my planting unit, but I want to go into more detail about the key experiment in this unit, available in...
Water is a huge topic to cover in science and is touched on in many grades throughout a child’s life. In kindergarten I try and introduce my students to the key understandings of water through fun, hands-on experiments and activities. All of these activities...
One of the main focuses in kindergarten science is understanding life cycles. What is a better way to learn about life cycles than to observe them?! One of the easiest life cycles to observe is of insects because each part of the cycle does...
One of the major overarching science standards for kindergarten is to learn about life cycles. In my district, we teach this through observation of ladybugs, plants, chicks, and tadpoles. The students observe the eggs turn into tadpoles and the tadpoles grow legs and front legs. Once they start...
Notice, Think, Wonder When I start my unit on the plant life cycle, I always want to see what students know and I want to generate interest in the topic. I start by putting out all different kinds of seeds...
Key Water Ideas I love teaching science with my students. I try to teach it in a way that is explorative, where I offer my students experiments that shape their thinking and deepen their understanding. For our unit on water,...