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!

Favorite Blog Posts

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...

2019-20 Favorite #5: Social Emotional Learning Books

As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog...

Misconceptions of Early Childhood Educators

Whenever I tell people I am an early childhood educator, I get one of 3 responses every single time. 1) "That’s cute!"...

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Recent Blog Posts

Parent Communication Made Easy with ClassTag

Teachers have a million things to worry about during the year, but don’t let parent communication be one of them! ClassTag has everything I have ever looked for in a parent communication tool. I’ll get into all the parent communication features, but my favorite feature? ClassTag is completely free to teachers and parents and you can earn...

A Proven classroom set up for kindergarten independence

Any kindergarten teacher will know – independence is the name of the game. Not only is it a critical skill for young children to develop, let’s be honest… there’s one of you and twenty of them. Twenty young children who are used to getting help for most things. So, how do we have a classroom set up...

Choosing the Best Theme for my Classroom Elementary School

I love taking the summertime to rethink my classroom elementary design! It’s a great chance to change things up and to reflect on what works and what hasn’t worked. If you’re moving classrooms or starting a new classroom, it’s also time for you to think of your classroom elementary design! So, what kind of classroom elementary do...

Welcome to Back to School Made Easy Guaranteed!

When thinking about that welcome to back to school, there are two types of teachers out there. Let me know in the comments which type of teacher you are! There’s the teacher who leaves her classroom when summer starts and doesn’t come back to the classroom until a week before school starts. On the other side there’s...

Remote Teaching: What I Will and Won’t Miss

I’ve been teaching remotely for almost a full year… I have just a few weeks left. Many said it couldn’t be done and I am here to prove that it could. My students learned just as much as they would have in the classroom. We built a classroom community from scratch. But it wasn’t easy. So, almost...

My Favorite Theme Day – Board Game Day

With the end of the year approaching, I can’t help but get excited for my favorite theme day for the whole year – Board Game Day. I love using theme days at the end of the year to keep students engaged and excited each day. You can read more about them here. My all-time favorite day, hands...

End of the Year Writing Prompts

With the end of the year approaching, I like to think about what end of the year writing prompts I can provide that help my students reflect on all that they have learned, the classroom community we have built, and all the fun we have had as a class. I love using my end of the year...

Why I Don’t Do A Countdown for Summer

I’ve been there - so desperate for summer that I start counting down the days. In fact, I do this every year. However, I’ve started to keep my countdown for summer private from the students. I am not trying to make anyone feel bad for doing a countdown for summer with students, but I’d like to offer...

5 Ways to Keep Students Engaged at the End of the Year

Keeping students engaged at the end of the year can be tough. At this point, they’ve done all the routines and learned all the tricks up your sleeve. They are feeling burnt out, and let’s face it, so are you. Here are five easy strategies that I use to keep students engaged at the end of year!

The Myth of Kindergarten Readiness Skills

Tons of workbook and worksheet companies, and even teachers might be mad at me for telling you this secret…. There is no such thing as kindergarten readiness. Kindergarten teachers and classrooms are designed to meet your child where they are and support them in their development to teach them how to be a student and the foundational...