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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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Top 5 Things Teaching During Covid Has Taught Me

These past two years have been a lot. They have brought a lot of negatives - uncertainty, stress, frustration, loss, worries, constant...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Science

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...
One of my all-time favorite science units is the chick life cycle. I love giving my students the opportunity to watch the chick develop inside the egg, hatch, and grow! The chick life cycle is always a student favorite, and one they remember for...
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...
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.
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...
Teaching about living and non-living things is a crucial foundation to all life sciences, life cycles, biology and ecology. Thinking about living things may be easy, but non-living things are more abstract. Students should be able to group living things together to see the...
If you are getting ready for a new school year and/or a new grade level, you may be planning some curriculum over the summer. I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about how I plan for science and offer some suggestions. If you...
The most important part of any science unit is not the experiments or activities or teaching… but rather the science questions that the teacher asks. So what should we be asking and when should we use ask them? Why science...
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...
Planting is an important and reoccurring science unit in the younger grades. I prefer to take an inquiry approach to planting. I’ve already outlined my plant unit for kindergarten, but I want to go into more detail about the key experiment in this unit,...