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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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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

Teaching Students to Observe the Natural World Around Them

Teaching students to observe is one of the most important skills that students learn in science. Students learn to build their own knowledge of the world around them, ask questions, and observe what is really happening in front of them. Teaching students to observe can be quick and simple at first but should be embedded into all...

3 Ways to Improve Communicating with Classroom Families

Communicating with families can often feel like just one more thing but proactively communicating with families can make a huge difference if, and when, any issues arise with students or families. In today’s blog post, I am going over three simple things that teachers can do to improve in their communicating with families. When families feel like...

7 easy tips to learning the letters and their names

Learning the letters and their names doesn’t have to be difficult! Follow these seven easy tips and your students will be learning the letters and their names in no time! Learning the letters and their sounds is a critical step in the early literacy skill development and it should be done while working on other important foundational...

What are feelings and how do we handle them?

What are feelings and how do we handle them? Children don’t come to us understanding what their emotions are or how they should handle them, especially the more difficult emotions. So how do we teach our students to identify and regulate their emotions? Shop now

What are the best Math read aloud books for kindergarten?

Math read aloud books for kindergarten are a great way to connect literacy and math. Math books for kindergarten are great connectors to math lessons and can lead to fun and engaging practice. Below are some of my most favorite math read aloud books for kindergarten and how I use them! You can...

Homework in kindergarten? What’s best for students?

Homework in kindergarten? Sending home some worksheets ends up being more work for you, the teacher, causes stress and struggles for the families, and isn’t effective for the students. So what can we do instead? Homework in kindergarten? Research shows it’s not effective Research shows that...

9 Easy Apples & Fall Math Activities for Kindergarten

Are you looking for some easy fall math activities for kindergarten? Look no further! I have so many engaging ways to celebrate this new season with your students and help them continue to practice math! In the fall in kindergarten, children are mostly working on counting, and number identification and these fall math activities for kindergarten support...