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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!

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,...

Blends and Digraphs

Blends and digraphs are a very challenging concept for young readers and writers. It is not expected that students fully be able to...

One More and One Less

Number relations is a huge understanding for kindergarteners – they need to know how the numbers fit together. They need to know what...

Reading Strategy PowerPoints

Explicitly teaching reading strategies is important when students are learning to read. I love using a PowerPoint to model for the whole...

Addition and Subtraction

Teaching addition and subtraction is a huge part of kindergarten math and there are a lot of fun ways to teach it!...

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a busy and exciting day in any classroom, but especially an early childhood classroom! There are so many fun...