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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What’s in my Math Toolbox?

The same tools can be used to meet a variety of skills for math small groups or interventions. I keep my math...

4 Tips for Teaching Sentences to Beginning Writers

When teaching beginning writers, it is important to teach them how to write a sentence. I have 4 tips for you when...

Teaching Living and Non-Living Things in Kindergarten

Teaching about living and non-living things is a crucial foundation to all life sciences, life cycles, biology and ecology. Thinking about living...

Turning Misbehaviors In The Classroom into Teachable Moments

The secret to good teaching? Finding those teachable moments and running with them. Good social-emotional instruction involves...

7 Tips for Difficult Parent-Teacher Conferences

I’m not sure about you, but I have Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. With the upcoming conferences, I’m thinking ahead to some...

Math

The same tools can be used to meet a variety of skills for math small groups or interventions. I keep my math toolbox stocked and ready to go behind my small group table for every kind of math group I might need!
Teaching about 3-Dimensional (3D) Shapes for Kindergarten involves hands-on exploring, explicit teaching, and linking 3D shapes to our real world. With these three things, your students will have fun and learn a lot about 3D shapes! You can get all these 3D shape activities...
I love the time of year when we can start working on addition and subtraction strategies in math. There are three key strategies that I like to teach my students that draw on other important math understandings that we have been working on throughout...
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 the most popular blog post from 2019-20... drumroll please... Establishing Math Routines and...
Place value is such a critical understanding for young mathematicians – it is a basic building block for future math problems. Place value can be very challenging for young children because it is so abstract. As teachers we need to find ways to help...
In the fall, one of our first math units is all about 2-D shapes. But now that the year is moving along, my students are ready for a deep dive into 3-D shapes. I love helping them to investigate the 3D shapes and their...
Number relations is a huge understanding for kindergarteners – they need to know how the numbers fit together. They need to know what number will come next or what number came first, without having to count all the way to that number to figure it out. They...
Teaching addition and subtraction is a huge part of kindergarten math and there are a lot of fun ways to teach it! I love to use books, games, and real word problems to teach and practice addition and subtraction. Check out my Addition and...
I’ve written a few blog posts about counting and teen numbers, but today I want to write about my favorite activities for developing an understanding of number relationships. In the common core math standards, kindergarten students must be able to “count forward beginning from...
Teaching shapes in kindergarten is one of my favorite math topics all year! I love all the fun activities I can do with my students. I introduce 2D shapes towards the beginning of the year so that all students understand the basic vocabulary. Also,...