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...

Teaching Tips and Tricks

If you have been remote teaching like me, you might be bored of the same zoom activities over and over again. Or, maybe you are transitioning from hybrid to remote and need some activity ideas. Well, I’ve got you covered! Here are my new...
This summer, I wrote about the crisis of education and how educators everywhere were feeling. I still can’t believe the number of teachers who reached out to me or shared my post and said that they were feeling the exact same way as me....
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 need testing to see how far behind our children are.” “How far behind is my child?” Let me be very clear. Many...
I think as teachers we are pretty comfortable with providing choices for students in our traditional classrooms, and we understand the importance of choices. Children need choices to feel a sense of ownership over their schoolwork and decisions. Children are stretching their independence and...
I am new to Google Classroom this year and have been trying out different strategies to make it easy to use for me and my students. This year, I have been asked to teach 3rd grade, so my experience with Google Classroom is with...
It is so important to teach our students strategies for self-regulation, but it is even more important this year. Students need to be taught these strategies and have the chance to practice them before they are needed. When a child is in an emotional...
Learning at home is very different than learning at school and we need to support our students to do their best in this new environment. We can use strategies we already use in the classroom and share them with students and families to help...
With this new way of teaching, whether you are in-person or on a computer, you may be wondering how to make sure we are supporting students where they are with their literacy development. I am here to help! Zoom Tricks
I have learned a lot this year about this new way of teaching on a computer. There are so many technologies available to us, but in order to really use them effectively, we need to learn how to use them with purpose.  I have...
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...