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,...

Social Emotional Learning and Supports

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...
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...
I love teaching social-emotional skills to my students – it’s probably the content I am most passionate about. I have divided up the year into 11 different social emotional themes, about one focus per month.  They can be done in any order, but the...
Social-emotional learning is such an important part of our jobs as classroom teachers and can easily be pushed aside with all of the other curricular demands. One of the best ways to teach social emotional skills is to use mentor texts. Whether these are...
Teaching Social Emotional Skills Teaching social and emotional skills is really important for all students, but especially early childhood students. You can't just explicitly teach the social emotional skills and call it a day – no! You have to give...