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!

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Relax Easy this Kindergarten Spring Break

(SHARE 3/3) Kindergarten spring break is on the way, and you might be thinking how best to help your students not to...

Teaching Problem Solving Strategies to Young Children

One of the most important things we can do as teachers of young children is teaching problem solving strategies to our students....

The 7 Most Underrated Gingerbread Man Story Versions

We all know and love the Gingerbread Boy and Gingerbread Man story originals, but what if I told you there was more...

What is Persistence and How do I Teach It?

Of course, we don’t want our students to give up when assignments get hard, but what is persistence and how do I...

Life Cycles Activities for Kindergarten

One of the biggest concepts I teach my students in science throughout the year is life cycles. We learn all different kinds...

Classroom Activities and Lessons

(SHARE 3/3) Kindergarten spring break is on the way, and you might be thinking how best to help your students not to forget every single thing you’ve already taught them this year.  I love sending home a kindergarten spring break packet with my students...
We all know and love the Gingerbread Boy and Gingerbread Man story originals, but what if I told you there was more than just those two versions! There are so many different versions out there, but today I am breaking down my top 7...
One of the biggest concepts I teach my students in science throughout the year is life cycles. We learn all different kinds of life cycles and each cycle I follow a similar routine! Do you do life cycles activities in your classroom? Check out...
I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and learning about teaching with more of an equity lens. I am definitely trying to diversify my books and offer more perspectives in my teaching than just a White male perspective of history. I want my students...
We always want what is best for our students, and some students just need more practice than what we can provide during the school day. Enter the kindergarten home support bag. Kindergarten home support bags have definitely helped many of my students and their...
Simple dice games for kindergarten are probably my most loved math stations and activities I give my students. They love the routines, the game aspect, and they hardly even realize they are doing math the whole time! Dice games are an important part of...
A family unit for kindergarten is an important social studies unit to start the year for several reasons. A family unit for kindergarten involves letting the students share about their own families, as well as learning about the similarities and differences between families. Teaching...
The life cycle of pumpkin is a fun way to continue learning about life cycles while staying in the festive fall spirit. Students enjoy exploring and observing the pumpkin, as well as learning about how the pumpkin grows and changes over time.
A kindergarten name project is critical to the start of the year in kindergarten. Learning student names is important for both teachers and other students. Names are a very important part of a person’s identity, and it is important that as teachers we value...
Studying the life cycle of an apple is a great way to engage students in learning about life cycles and living things! Students can hold and observe apples clearly, plus it is a fun fall theme! There’s plenty of science learning that can happen...