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...

Teaching Tips and Tricks

Are you switching classrooms or starting in a new school? I tried to think of my best tips for setting up a new classroom. Hopefully they will help you! Please note this was written prior to school COVID-19 restrictions.
It is important for teachers to reflect – and they do reflect every single day. I know I am constantly reflecting after every lesson. What I should do differently tomorrow or even next year I teach the lesson? It’s honestly hard to turn the...
More than ever, society is realizing just how valuable the teacher can be. There have been thousands of tweets showing appreciation for teachers from parents and saying that teachers should get paid a million dollars a day – wouldn’t that...
This is certainly not how I expected the year to end… I think we are all feeling sad, even grieving, wishing we had closure for the end of the school year. You spend all year (for us this year it was 117 days of...
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?
A lot of kindergarten is learning what are the expected choices for school and what are some unexpected choices. Students learn this throughout the whole year from your modeling and explicit teaching of routines. They also learn this through consequences from unexpected behaviors. Once...
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!
Behavior management is probably the hardest thing for teachers to learn and it is rarely taught in pre-service programs. Or, even if it is taught, it usually does not prepare you for each future child’s individual behavior. I have a blog post all on...
Talking with parents can be stressful, especially when there are concerns you want to address. Conferences are a wonderful time to build relationships with parents and keep them up to date on the progress their child has made, as well as goals you have for them. In...
One of the questions I most often get when I tell people that I am a teacher is, “But how do you teach students who don’t know any English?” Almost as if it was an extra hardship to have students who are learning English in my classroom....