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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Read Across America Week

In case you haven’t heard, teachers and the National Educators Association are moving away from celebrating Dr. Seuss during Read Across America...

Addition and Subtraction Strategies

I love the time of year when we can start working on addition and subtraction strategies in math. There are three key...

Phoneme Segmentation

The best way to increase your students’ reading and writing development is to work on phoneme segmentation. There is a clear order...

Letter-Sound Correspondence

One of the most important concepts for kindergarteners to learn for their early literacy development is letter-sound correspondence. Children need to know...

Benefits to Reading Strategy Powerpoints

I love using reading powerpoints to enhance my reading instruction. Reading powerpoints showcase different reading strategies, use powerful shared reading technique, and...

Literacy

The best way to increase your students’ reading and writing development is to work on phoneme segmentation. There is a clear order to work on these skills to best support the students in your classroom. For all the skills, you want students to be...
One of the most important concepts for kindergarteners to learn for their early literacy development is letter-sound correspondence. Children need to know that the written letters are connected to sounds we speak and they need to be able to match the two.
I love using reading powerpoints to enhance my reading instruction. Reading powerpoints showcase different reading strategies, use powerful shared reading technique, and encourages transfer of the reading skills. Reading strategies There are so...
With this new way of teaching, whether you are in-person or on a computer, you may be wondering how to make sure we are supporting students where they are with their literacy development. I am here to help! Zoom Tricks
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have #2 - Teaching the Alphabet! Learning the alphabet is one...
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have #3 - Authentic and Meaningful High-Frequency Word Practice! Since writing this blog post,...
As we finish up a school year, and prepare for the next one, I wanted to re-share my top 5 favorite blog posts from the 2019-20 school year! Today we have #4 - Kindergarten Phonics 101! Phonics can be an overwhelming area...
Teaching non-fiction reading is a key literacy skill in the younger grades. Students need to understand that there are different kinds of books and that some books are teaching books. Children should be exposed to non-fiction books, and most likely already are, long before explicitly teaching non-fiction reading...
Blends and digraphs are a very challenging concept for young readers and writers. It is not expected that students fully be able to read and write these sounds until second grade, however kindergarteners and first grade students should be exposed to these sounds, in order to progress...
Explicitly teaching reading strategies is important when students are learning to read. I love using a PowerPoint to model for the whole class how I use a strategy to help me read and then give my students a chance to practice it as a...