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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 Easy things to prepare for next school year

I know that the end of the year is fast approaching, for some faster than others (like myself… who still has 1 month left of school!). When the end of the year is upon us, we get very excited about summer vacation, but what if I told you there were 5 easy things to prepare for next...

3 Simple Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide

Teachers and parents alike are always looking for ways to prevent the summer slide. We work so hard all year to help our students make progress and then summer happens and… they forget it all! Summer slide is a real thing, but teachers and parents can help prevent it in 3 simple ways.  Prevent...

How to Teach Classroom Procedures and Routines

As you start to get ready for back to school, establishing classroom procedures and routines should be in the front of your mind. Decorating your classroom and rearranging the furniture, yes it’s a lot of fun to think about and to do, but it isn’t as important as establishing routines the first month of school. So, how...

What does Empathy Mean to a Kindergartener?

Empathy is the hardest social emotional skill for young children to learn because developmentally young children have difficulty taking perspectives. Knowing the developmental stage that young children are in, what does empathy mean to a kindergartener? What does empathy mean to a kindergartener? Understanding how someone...

Easy, Peasy, Pizza Dramatic Play Center

Students love changing out the dramatic play center and one of my students’ favorites is a pizza dramatic play center! They love being able to make and sell the pizzas, as well as pretend to be the customers and order their favorite pizzas. The pizza dramatic play center is an easy center to set up and has...

Beautiful Stuff

Beautiful stuff is my students favorite play area every year. They love being able to create and explore with materials in a different way. Setting up a beautiful play center is easy – anyone can do it! I’ll walk you through what beautiful stuff is and how to set up! What is beautiful stuff?

7 Tips for Thinking of your Classroom Set Up for Kindergarten

When thinking about your classroom set up for kindergarten, it can be overwhelming to think about all the things you have to do! Maybe different from other grades you have taught or maybe this is your first time setting up a classroom that is all your own! I have 7 of my best tips for you when...

Why Respect is Important in the Classroom

Teaching students social emotional skills is so important in every classroom and at every age. Today I’m going to teach you why respect is important in the classroom and how we can teach respect to our young students. What is respect and why is respect important in the classroom?

Early childhood or Elementary ed? Which one is best for me?

You love working with children. You know you want to be a teacher. But which license should you get - early childhood or elementary ed? This was the exact scenario I found myself in when I was applying to college. I just didn’t know which age levels I wanted to teach and I didn’t know the differences...

Integrating Science and Literacy

Some of the most authentic learning that happens in my classroom comes from integrating the different subjects. Young children are not designed to learn in silos, in separate subject areas. They learn best when these subject areas can be combined when learning about different topics. This is why I love integrating science and literacy whenever I can....