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Kindergarten Cafe, LLC

Welcome to Kindergarten Cafe - your home for teaching ideas, activities, and strategies to support you in teaching the whole child! I’m Zeba McGibbon, founder of Kindergarten Cafe, and current early childhood educator. I support early childhood teachers with classroom-tested strategies and materials that help take stress off our plates and support our students better from arrival to dismissal. My proudest moments as a teacher have been seeing my students using the strategies I’ve taught them to calm down, work with others, or stay on task with their work—and you can have this feeling too!

Favorite Blog Posts

8 Easy Impulse Control Activities for Kids

Kids don’t automatically learn impulse control and self-regulation – you have to teach them strategies to use! I have 8 impulse control...

Sub Tub for a Smooth and Easy Absence

Most teachers will tell you that it is easier to come to work sick than make sub plans… enter the Sub Tub!...

Ideas for classroom jobs and why they are important

Classroom jobs are a critical part of the classroom community. They teach students responsibility, independence and teamwork. Not all classroom jobs are...

5 Steps to Making an Interactive Seesaw Activity

Are you using Seesaw this year or considering it for any hybrid or remote learning? It is a wonderful website and app...

Quick and Easy Movement Breaks for Distance Learning

No matter if you are teaching in a classroom or on a computer, your students will need movement beaks and your normal...

Easy Morning Meeting Greetings and Activities for Digital and Socially Distant Classrooms!

Looking for easy interactive morning meeting greetings and activities that can work on a computer and/or in a socially distanced classroom? I’ve...

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...

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5 Ways to Blend Phonemes in Kindergarten

One of the most important skills to support kindergarten reading words is blending phonemes. When children blend phonemes, they are literally reading the word by putting together it’s individual sounds. As children are learning their letter sounds, they are ready to start to blend phonemes, and these 5 activities can help! Blending Phonemes Progression

Strategies for ADHD Students

Every classroom has students who struggle with staying focused in school, whether or not students have a diagnosis of ADHD. The focusing strategies for students with ADHD will help all students who struggle with staying on task and working, regardless of a diagnosis. The goal for teaching strategies for ADHD students is to teach students to identify...

Simple, yet Effective, Small Group Instruction in Kindergarten

I hear a lot of teachers asking how they should handle small group instruction in kindergarten. Small groups can be a daunting task when the students’ attention spans are sometimes 10-15 minutes long! How do teachers fit it all in? What do they do with the students who aren’t in groups? I have some tips and ideas...

Helping Children Regulate Their Emotions

When children have extreme reactions or temper-tantrums, it can be extremely overwhelming for teachers to handle day after day. Teachers need to know how to react in the moment, as well as the best ways for helping children regulate their emotions to help with future issues. In this blog post we will talk about both.

How to get students to stop talking too much

Have you ever wondered how to get students to stop talking too much and after trying all your normal tricks, nothing seems to work? It can certainly get frustrating as a teacher when your students won't stop talking. I have been there! But we need to remember that all behavior is communication and the same goes for...

Teaching kids how to be kind

Teaching kids how to be kind is one of the most important things we can do as teachers, and it doesn’t have to be complicated! When we explicitly teach our students what kindness is and give them concrete, specific examples of kindness, we can help them start practicing kindness with their peers.  There are...

Use Kindergarten Writing Prompts and Easy Warm-Ups to Improve Writing!

Kindergarten writing prompts as warm-ups have been the best addition to my writing block that I have made in the past few years. Writing warm-ups are easy to use, helpful for transitions, and really support children’s literacy and language development. In this blog post, I will explain why teachers should use writing warm-ups, how long they take,...

Favorite Activities for December in Kindergarten

It’s December in Kindergarten – my favorite month of the year and not just because it is my birthday month! I love the start of winter and all that comes with that! What are my favorite activities I like to do every December in kindergarten with my students? December in Kindergarten: Snow and snowflakes

Setting Up a School Dramatic Play Center is as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Changing up your dramatic play center is the best way to increase engagement and be more purposeful in the play your students are participating in, and a school dramatic play center is a perfect first set up for children. A school dramatic play center is easy to set up and incredibly meaningful and exciting for students. 

Easily Make Kindergarten Measurement Worksheets Engaging!

Young children need hands-on learning, so how do we teach measurement and make kindergarten measurement worksheets engaging? We use the kindergarten measurement worksheets to guide exploration and investigations of measuring around the classroom. Kindergarten measurement worksheets should include measuring length, weight, and comparing objects. Non-standard vs. standard measurement