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...

Holidays

(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...
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...
Not sure about you, but winter is my favorite time of year. I get so excited with the change of seasons and seeing snow. My students love this time of year too. I try and capture their excitement by channeling it in their play...
Halloween is a holiday that many American children look forward to every year, and this year children might be experiencing a range of emotions about the upcoming holiday. They may be worried about what they can’t do (like some towns are not allowing trick...
Earth Day is coming up! I have to be honest – growing up I never cared about Earth Day. I want my students to feel differently about this important holiday. The activity ideas in this post come from my Earth Day activities product on...
Valentine’s Day is a busy and exciting day in any classroom, but especially an early childhood classroom! There are so many fun Valentine's Day activities you can do with your students! I am going to show you what I love to do in my...
I have felt really nervous to write this blog post about teaching Martin Luther King for kids, because I know that I definitely do not have all the answers here, so I try and include lots of resources and articles from educators I trust...
As I was preparing for my Winter Holidays Around the World unit, I came across many unique and interesting traditions for New Year’s! I decided that after my students come back to school, we would continue our “travels” to learn about a few traditions...
Don’t stress while you are on winter break! That’s your time to relax! I’ve got you covered with several tips that help me relax while I’m on winter vacation and provide an easy welcome back from winter break! No Regression for...